Cannabis Goes for Ecstasy 

Cannabis Goes for Ecstasy 
Posted by FoM on February 16, 2000 at 22:38:26 PT
By David Hencke & Rob Evans 
Source: News Unlimited
Britain's drug barons are exporting home grown, high grade cannabis to Holland in exchange for Dutch manufactured ecstasy tablets, American intelligence officers have warned the home office. The US drug enforcement agency has told Paul Boateng, the home office minister, that Britain is now one of the top centres for growing "nederweed" - a superior grade of cannabis which is 30% stronger than the standard drug on the market. 
It is grown in illegal laboratories using strong lights and water to aid its growth. Details are revealed in a previously secret report given to Mr Boateng last summer when he held talks in Washington with Donnie Marshall, the deputy US drug tsar. They were released to the Guardian under the US freedom of information act. The equivalent British documents for the meeting will remain secret until 2030. The report - prepared by US intelligence officers who monitor Europe's illegal drug trade - says the export trade is a recent development which builds on Britain's growing reputation in the drugs world for growing superior weed. It says that customs officers are already worried that Britain is being flooded with nederweed grown in Holland - but now Britain seems to have a big enough home grown market to export it back to the Netherlands. "Cannabis is the most abused drug in the United Kingdom. Customs and Excise reports seizing an all-time record 82.5 metric tonnes of cannabis in the United Kingdom in 1997," says the report. The trade was often carried out by air rather than through the ports. And Colombia - traditionally one of Britain's top suppliers of cocaine - has recently become a big supplier for traditional strength marijuana. "In a relatively short period of time Colombia has become an important marijuna source country for the UK." Most of the cannabis was imported by ship rather than by air. Yesterday customs and excise made it clear that cannabis was still a top target. "I think the figures speak for themselves," said a spokeswoman. Stuart Crookshank, deputy head of anti-smuggling operations at customs and excise, said: "We are aware and alert to the risk posed by nederweed and all cannabis derivatives." Published: Thursday February 17, 2000 Guardian Unlimited  Guardian Newspapers Limited 2000Related Articles:Soften Law on Ecstasy, Says Police Inquiry Force Urges Legalisation Articles On The UK & Ecstasy: 
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Comment #1 posted by Rick on February 17, 2000 at 07:22:45 PT:
Nederweed is a dutch word for weed grown in Neder-land(Netherlands).
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