UK to Open First Publicly Available Dedicated Cannabis Research Facility

For a change, let’s hear some good news from the United Kingdom after a month that saw two terrorist attacks and now a tragic apartment fire in London where casualties are mounting as we speak.

The good news is that cannabinoid biotechnology company MediPen Ltd. is launching its own dedicated marijuana research facility this summer, and it will provide a platform for anyone looking to utilize its 1,800 square-foot facilities for the purposes of innovation in the area of medicinal cannabis.

As the first biotechnology company to develop a vapor product, MediPen Ltd. has already enjoyed success selling their non-psychoactive CBD vaporizers, which are currently in the process of securing a license from the British Home Office.

Read more at High Times

Three Brits Admit to Turning Nuclear Bunker into Huge Cannabis Factory

An underground, almost completely impenetrable bunker, was discovered in the United Kingdom where British cops, acting on a tipoff, found a large-scale cannabis factory and 4,000 pot plants.

The police finally rounded up three men who admitted their part in running the bunker-turned-weed-farm.

Using keys found in the men’s possession after their arrest, the cops entered the bunker, where they found it was being powered by over a quarter of a million dollars worth of stolen electricity.

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Legalization in the UK: Meet the Political Party Embracing Marijuana

The political situations in countries where there are more than two viable political parties can be understandably difficult for American audiences to comprehend. Britain is a great example.

The Conservatives, the current party-in-charge, are indeed conservative, and they’re clear to the right of Labour, the leading opposition party. Easy enough.

But then there are the Liberal Democrats, a sort of center-left party—but absolutely more center than left—who have only the tiniest of presences in the House of Commons, with eight seats out of 650 (and yet more than 100 seats in the House of Lords). They’re not rabid nationalists who eat austerity for breakfast, nor are they socialists. They’re, well, sort of like establishment American Democrats. They’re boring—and lately, they don’t really win too much.

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Researchers Look at Cannabis to Help Treat Children’s Brain Tumors

Urged on by intelligent, proactive parents who were buying cannabidiol (CBD) online to give to their children with brain tumors, British scientists are now investigating whether, or how, CBD can be used to shrink brain tumors in children—a fact the parents have already confirmed.

“Increasingly families are using CBD, often at great expense,” said the project’s lead researcher, Professor Richard Grundy. “Presently, there is no evidence that it might be of benefit or even what dose to use or how often.”

The study will be carried out at the University of Nottingham’s Children’s Brain Tumor Research Center.

Read more at High Times

Why Britain Needs to Join the Club and Legalize Weed

Britain is looking longingly at the green rush going on across the pond, despite the possible roadblocks our new administration in Washington might throw down in the future.

Notwithstanding the clever spots some London pot growers have chosen for their gardens—Legoland, an empty storage unit just yards from a police station and a Russian-owned mansion a block from the Queen Mother herself—Brits would apparently prefer to buy their weed legally.

According to a poll, nearly half the country wants to see cannabis legalized, and most Members of Parliament say they’re on board with legal medical marijuana.

Read more at High Times

Police: Most of the Marijuana in the UK Is Grown with Slave Labor

Indulging in all of life’s pleasures requires either maintaining the blissful ignorance of your childhood for decades—some of us are better at this than others—or bearing the weight of a guilty conscience. That is, unless you’re into human exploitation, which is neither good nor cool.

Allow us to guilt you.

That device you’re reading this on very likely uses conflict minerals mined by warlords, manufactured into electronics by underpaid laborers working long hours in crappy conditions with little to no benefits.

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Oxford University Green Lights MMJ Study

The prestigious University of Oxford recently announced a new partnership with a biomedical research company to study the effects of medical marijuana on several health conditions. The university’s Cannabis Research Plan will investigate the use of cannabinoids to treat pain, cancer, inflammatory diseases and neurological disorders.

In a public statement announcing the plan, Dr. Ahmed Ahmed, professor of gynecological oncology at Oxford, said: “Cannabinoid research has started to produce exciting biological discoveries, and this research program is a timely opportunity to increase our understanding of the role of cannabinoids in health and disease. This field holds great promise for developing novel therapeutic opportunities for cancer patients.”

The Cannabis Research Plan will pair the university with Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCT), a bio-med startup funded by venture capital firm Kingsley Capital Partners. Neil Mahapatra, a managing partner at Kingsley, explained the strategy behind the company’s initial investment of £10 million ($12.5 million).

Read more at High Times

The Hemp Trading Company: UK Champions of Hemp Clothing

The Hemp Trading Company (THTC) is one of the UK’s longest-running and best-loved hemp clothing lines. CEO Gavin Lawson has been there from the very start – so we’ve caught up with him to hear about how he got to where he is today, and the epic journey he made to get there.

Seshata: So THTC was established in 1999, correct? That’s pretty much 18 years in business! Can you talk me through what’s happened over that time?

Gavin: Well, we started in business before fair trade was even a thing. The idea of ethical business was in its infancy at the time, so we ended up being quite the pioneers. It all started off the back of a university society called Hempology, which we organized local student chapters for – I was at the University of the West of England in Bristol, while my brother was at Hull, for example.

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