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MAPTalk-Digest Sunday, December 26 2004 Volume 04 : Number 225

001 Christmas stories
    From: Herb <>
002 Drugs : Fewer UN Conventions and More Clean Syringes
    From: Herb <>
003 test
    From: Tom Angell <>


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Subj: 001 Christmas stories
From: Herb <>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 10:27:13 -0800

Bad-ish Santa

http://ljworld.com/section/arts/story/191277

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Source: Evening News (UK)
Copyright: 2004 Archant Regional
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Website: http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/
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http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/content/News/story.asp?datetime=24+Dec+

Friday, December 24, 2004

	Cannabis disguised as Christmas tree

CANNABIS grower got into the
festive spirit by disguising one of his plants -- as a
Christmas tree.

But catering assistant Ben Ollis was feeling anything
but cheery when he was hauled before Norwich
magistrates yesterday.

Twenty-five-year--old Ollis, of Octagon Court, Norwich,
was convicted of growing cannabis plants and ordered to
pay a #100 fine and #45 costs.

Police were sent to his home with a search warrant
after receiving a tip-off from a gas man who had been
working there on December 16.

Ollis answered the door within seconds and told the
officers "I've been expecting you."

The officers found a total of five plants, with one in
the living room decorated with Christmas lights.

Prosecutor Gary Mayle said the police could smell the
strong odour of cannabis and Ollis asked them "You want
to know where the cannabis are, don't you?"

As well as the plant in the lounge, another four were
found growing in a cupboard with the assistance of fans
and lights.

When he was interviewed, Ollis said he started
cultivating the plants after reading how to do it on
the Internet. The drug was for his own personal use and
growing it saved him money.

Yesterday, the magistrates also ordered the destruction
of the plants and equipment being used to grow them.

Simon Nicholls, for Ollis, said he knew the police were
coming because a gas man had been in his home earlier.

Despite realising what was going to happen he did
nothing to try to conceal the plants.

He used cannabis recreationally but did not really want
to have anything to do with drug dealers.

"He takes the view it is not really hurting anybody. As
it is only for personal use it is probably a better way
to do it."

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Subj: 002 Drugs : Fewer UN Conventions and More Clean Syringes
From: Herb <>
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2004 07:22:14 -0800

Drugs : Fewer UN Conventions and More Clean Syringes

http://allafrica.com/stories/200412210726.html

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Subj: 003 test
From: Tom Angell <>
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2004 20:33:47 -0500

haven't gotten any messages in awhile....

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