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Cannabis crop destroyed in Cliftonville blaze

By katejb  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

Cannabis destroyed in roof blaze in Cliftonville

Cannabis destroyed in roof blaze in Cliftonville

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A CANNABIS crop was incinerated as a blaze tore through the roof-space of a property in Cliftonville last night.

Six engines from Margate and Ramsgate attended the fire at the three-storey building in Cornwall Gardens at 9.30pm.

Crews were prevented from getting to the fire in a second-floor attic conversion by two dogs and had to call in police to remove them.

Firemen used breathing  equipment and hosereels during the incident.

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A fire service spokesman said: "There was 75 per cent damage to the roof space and 20  per cent smoke-damage damage to the property.

"A thermal imaging camera was used to find hot-spots. There were no injuries reported.

"The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical."

Fire crews left the scene at 3.30am.

A 44-year-old man arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis  has been bailed until March 14 while police continue to investigate.

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  • PoetPeter  |  January 22 2013, 3:02PM

    We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms causing fires. Instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over the THC and CBD content. Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an illegal monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that you can grow in your greenhouse for virtually nothing. If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. If anyone does have a problem with it they could get help without having to confess to a crime. CLEAR published independent, expert research last year which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum. It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us about cannabis. Find out the truth for yourself and wake up to the lies you have been told.

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