back to article Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

With all eyes on Black Friday, retail kingpin Amazon UK moved that bit closer to fulfilling CEO Jeff Bezos' ultimate plan of becoming the everything store – by adding high-strength weed to its digital shelves. Thanks to an eagle eyed Reg reader, the scribes in Vulture Towers yesterday mused at the variety on offer from Amnesia …

  1. Semtex451 Silver badge
    Facepalm

    The products in question are no longer available

    Alright who grassed?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: The products in question are no longer available

    some dope

  3. MyffyW Silver badge

    Re: The products in question are no longer available

    "They're coming! They're coming" and "Gorilla Panic" are still in stock.

    Alas, "This is Permanent" had run out...

  4. Bob Magoo

    CBD is legal isn't it though? You won't be getting high from it any time soon

  5. imanidiot Silver badge

    CBD is a little different from full on dried marijuana flowers. And I think it depends on the concentration whether it's legal or not

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    no its still a controlled substance in the UK CBD and THC both are present in weed buds.

    and lets be honest here, its chancers selling home grown weed under artificial light, aka skunk, claiming to be CBD only...pfft aye ok.

    a growsers tip here, if you see the white crystals on flower buds, that aint CBD thats THC crystals ;o)

    oh and check Ebay, posters have been trying ever since CBD was allowed to be prescribed in the UK, hell i even saw Moroccan slate being sold to make "tea" lololol

  7. wallaby Bronze badge

    CBD is totally legal, its the level of THC present (and there is always some there ) that defines its legal or otherwise state. I believe if it has in excess of 0.2% THC content it falls foul of the law.

  8. regregular

    >> no its still a controlled substance in the UK CBD and THC both are present in weed buds.

    Presence in buds does not make something an illegal substance. Else Chlorophyll would be illegal as well. It is the other way around - buds are illegal because they contain the banned THC.

    CBD is legal in the UK by now, if sold as a food supplement. Currently, CBD oil in the UK can only have a maximum THC content of 0.2%. Any CBD oil with a higher THC content remains to be illegal and use is prohibited.

  9. Pax681

    Re: Will it really make any differece?

    MY ex sister in law is Karen Gray. the lady who took the petition to downing street.

    Now technically it may be legalised but it's astonishingly difficult for those in the tiny group who are eligible.

    A GP cannot prescribe it.. only a specialist consultant at a hospital and not many places actually have that doctor placed yet.

    It's pretty much only epileptics who can get it.

    Also the ruling has also rescheduled CBD in a sense putting it into a grey area where a lot of CBD oil companies were worried about some of their products that had a tiny bit of THC in them and it was then debatable about whether CBD would then be illegal.

    It's a mess.

    People with cancer can't get it, people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS... none can get it can't get it.

    There are many other condition i haven't listed but those have to be a few of the bigger ones.

    You know what the real kicker is?

    Amber Rudd, the ex-home secretary..... her husband owns the only licensed commercial green house in the uk and is the huge exporter or cannabis products.....

  10. defiler Silver badge

    Concerned?

    if a member of the public has concerns, they should report the matter to the cops.

    I'm concerned that I don't have enough Cheesy Wotsits and Irn Bru now, dude!

  11. Goldmember

    "El Reg yesterday made Amazon aware of the weed being sold via its website."

    Boooooooo

  12. Allonymous Coward
    Holmes

    Re: "El Reg yesterday made Amazon aware of the weed being sold via its website."

    I miss Lester. He seemed like the sort of chap who would've bought some and done a scientific "analysis", then written the findings up in an article.

    Icon, because pipe and also boffin with a predilection for substances.

  13. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

    Re: "El Reg yesterday made Amazon aware of the weed being sold via its website."

    Yeah, but he preferred uppers, not downers.

  14. IceC0ld Bronze badge

    Re: "El Reg yesterday made Amazon aware of the weed being sold via its website."

    El Reg yesterday made Amazon aware of the weed being sold via its website.

    ===

    could have given as all here a two day heads up ffs :oP

  15. HamsterNet

    “teams across the UK "combing" the web for illicit activity”

    They don’t comb very hard do they.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    >“teams across the UK "combing" the web for illicit activity” They don’t comb very hard do they.

    Why are the police employed barbers to look for drugs ?

  17. Dr Dan Holdsworth Silver badge
    FAIL

    I'd have been very tempted to buy some and have it sent to them in a gift-wrapped box, together with a stern note regarding not sampling the produce before combing the web...

  18. Dabooka Silver badge

    Indeed

    Combing, but not searching Amazon. Although they do say it's the most obvious things whihc pass us by....

  19. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    Re: they do say it's the most obvious things whihc pass us by....

    The BBC seemed oblivious...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flower_Pot_Men

  20. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    "Why are the police employed barbers to look for drugs ?"

    Because Barber Shops are hotbeds of drugs crime. They even have "menus" of the products, in "code" of course. And they sing in groups. They must by high!

  21. Michael Habel Silver badge
    Alert

    Yeah they are more worried about Nazi Pugs, that may or may not offend the professionally offended, usual suspects of purple haird Triggerlypuffs.

    *Excuse me there is someone at the Door.

  22. FlamingDeath Bronze badge
    Joke

    Ludicrous speed, GOOOOOOOOOOOO

    I think they're using an actual comb on the interwebz, they've obviously watched Spaceballs

    Theresa May could very well be Commanderette Zircon

  23. Potemkine! Silver badge

    At what age, can I choose how to live?

    Are we children?

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: At what age, can I choose how to live?

    Unless the world suddenly reverts to pre-domestication, never.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What a waste of time

    Shows yet again where the police's priorities are, hate speech and plants, and anything they can fine and keep the cash, (thanks Tony), and helping Capita trespass of course. But must leave the peodo gangs alone because of their ethnicity.

  26. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

    Re: What a waste of time

    I tihnk you need to join some different Facebook groups, rather than the "FREE TOMMY ROBINSON!!eleventyone!1" and "IMIGRUNTS RUINING ARE CUNTRY!!" ones you seem to be engaged with.

  27. Missing Semicolon Silver badge

    Re: What a waste of time

    Oh, that was a bit knee-jerk.

    The original commenter was only quoting from, you know, what actually happened.

    I suggest you allow a little leeway for other opinions.

  28. Michael Habel Silver badge

    Re: What a waste of time

    Because who needs free speech, when it goes against you narritve, and god damn anyone who doesn't tow the partyline of diversity being our strength, while it eroding our previous core values and, the replacing said core values of those which are not mearly in conflict with our own, but outright reject them.

    But, at least you had a generous heart to let these People run roughshod over your culture, and former Nation.

  29. rmason Silver badge

    Re: What a waste of time

    You mean the grooming gangs we see in court on an almost a weekly basis? The ones reported by all the media as soon as it becomes legal to do so?

    Those "pedo gangs" they are leaving alone?

    Back under your xenophobic rock, pleb.

  30. martinusher Silver badge

    Re: What a waste of time

    >But must leave the peodo gangs alone because of their ethnicity.

    That's old school, like the 12 foot lizards and stuff. I'm sure there are pedophiles around -- active ones, that is -- but I've never gone for active rings, especially political. (Most people are or have been parents at some stage in their lives which throws a wholly different light on sexuality.)

    I reckon the cops are short on resources because they're too busy watching the Ecuadorian embassy around the clock at the behest of the Americans. Its all about priorities....

  31. Naughtyhorse

    but...but...but

    WOT ABAHT IZ FREEZE PEACH?

  32. Naughtyhorse

    Re: What a waste of time

    paedo rings are around and active... also mostly white but DER NARRITIV..

    whatcha gonna do?

  33. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

    Re: What a waste of time

    Oh, that was a bit knee-jerk.

    The original commenter was only quoting from, you know, what actually happened.

    I suggest you allow a little leeway for other opinions.

    The OP was being a little selective with the truth, picking one instance of where the police let the community down badly (and I won't argue that they didn't), and drawing a biased conclusion about the ethnicity of those involved, largely because although this sort of crime does, very sadly, happen too often, it makes more headlines when those involved happen to be of Asian ethnic origin.

    This is exactly what the convicted football hooligan "Tommy Robinson" (an alias he uses to hide his identity) was doing - "reporting" only on crimes committed by non-whites, and doing so in such a way as to prejudice (and therefore jeopardise) ongoing trials. He was convicted of contempt of court, because if he'd kept up his "free speech", sooner or later one of those trials would have collapsed as a result.

    As for what the police were doing "instead". I suggest you look at some crime statistics. A big old portion of police time is spent dealing with domestic violence, which, given that most of the population of this country is white, consists largely of white-skinned scumbags beating up their partners. Sadly, this is so common, and goes on so much, that it never gets reported in the media because it's non-news.

    It's not a case of "allowing leeway for other opinions", its a case of calling out bullshit.

  34. wolfetone Silver badge

    In various places in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, you can pop in to an industrial unit and fill your car up with Red Diesel. There's signs for it on the road, along with the the wording "Available to the General Public".

    Across Birmingham you can message a chap on Instagram, get his username for a private chat thing like Discord or Telegram, and you can request their "Menu" and provide a postcode and these guys will rock up to wherever you are with a quantity that would've normally got them put in prison for a length of time.

    The issue being is that people in the UK do not give a hairy shite about the law any more, because they know damn well the police either aren't interested or there isn't enough of them to actually do their job. Anyone who's rang them recently to report a crime will testify to this.

    And then you get that absolute clown of whoever she is (manages the Met Police), saying she'd rather her police investigated misogyny rather than burglaries. What a way to instill respect and trust in the police. Wow. Well bloody done.

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "And then you get that absolute clown of whoever she is (manages the Met Police), saying she'd rather her police investigated misogyny rather than burglaries. What a way to instill respect and trust in the police. Wow. Well bloody done."

    But she didn't say that, quite the opposite really :-/

    "Sara Thornton, the chair of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), told her organisation’s annual conference that while recording complaints of misogynist abuse might be desirable, police did not have the time or resources."

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/oct/31/police-focusing-more-on-missing-persons-than-fighting

  36. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

    Whilst there is such a thing as police incompetence, I think the root cause of the above is that fact that if you slash police funding, you end up with fewer police. That's political incompetence...

  37. phuzz Silver badge
    WTF?

    "The issue being is that people in the UK do not give a hairy shite about the law any more"

    'Any more'? So at some point in the past there was a time when the British public were all entirely law abiding? When was this golden age exactly? Perhaps back when we were all living in caves?

  38. Hollerithevo Silver badge

    When the British were honest

    @phuzz, there's some interesting stuff on the 'black market' in the UK in the last years of WWII and especially in the years following (to about 1952) when spivs and buying thins on the black market became the norm. Your local butcher would keep back a choice bit of pork of beef for you on a 'consideration', your other high street merchants did similar, and you got to know your local chap for other goodies. Some people refused to break the law, but many admitted that it was during this time of austerity and rationing that finally broke them of their honesty habit, and some historians date a general decline in respect for the law from this time. I am not 100% convinced, but it's interesting. Would we all enjoy St Trinian's so much without that admiration for the scofflaw?

  39. DJV Silver badge

    "So at some point in the past there was a time when the British public were all entirely law abiding? When was this golden age exactly? Perhaps back when we were all living in caves?"

    Sigh... some bastard stole the cave I was living in...

  40. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

    Cave?

    Sigh... some bastard stole the cave I was living in...

    Interesting, given that a cave is effectively defined by being the absence of a load of rock, surrounded by rock, how do you steal it? Did they come and fill it with concrete?

  41. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

    Laura Norder

    So at some point in the past there was a time when the British public were all entirely law abiding?

    A historian writes...

    No, not really, but it's interesting how views on what is just law and how it should be enforced have varied over the years. I'm currently deep in the 19th Century (but not in a Rees-Mogg sense, I'm actually learning from it) - there were as many crimes then as now, possibly more. And basically the same sort of things. Drunk and disorderly, driving furiously (a cart), not having a cart licence, rape, burglary, assault, paying wages in a pub...the usual. Remarkably few murders though.

    What is fascinating is how these crimes were dealt with. Many people in rural areas didn't want to see their neighbours banged up for something they considered quite minor, and cases were 'compromised' before the trial. In many cases matters were dealt with locally without the Cardiganshire Constabulary getting involved at all. There was a tradition that if the judge arrived for the Assizes and there were no cases to try, he received a pair of white gloves. It happened a lot round here, not because there was no crime, but because the locals didn't want outsiders interfering.

    And of course what was considered a crime by the state was not what the people always thought. Justice was the purlieu of the landlords, and they wanted to protect what was theirs (which was just about everything), so crimes like trespassing after game & theft of property got stomped on hard, whilst beating up the wife got a 10/- fine. Another reason why the little people preferred to stay away from costly English justice and handle matters themselves.

  42. Robin Bradshaw
    Pirate

    Re: When the British were honest

    An earlier date to consider, Tea smuggeling in the 18th century:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38910968

    And with figures like "More than 3,000 tonnes of tea was smuggled into Britain a year by the late 1700s, with just 2,000 tonnes imported legally." That is either a few dishonest people drinking a hell of alot of tea, or or alot of people drinking suspiciously cheap tea no questions asked.

    I imagine there will be some market for this in the coming years once we crash out of the EU end up with wto tarrifs and massive customs queues, what sane persons going to bubble up their suplier who's smuggleing in their tea and insulin

  43. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Re: When the British were honest

    "Would we all enjoy St Trinian's so much without that admiration for the scofflaw?"

    Or the proper version of The Italian Job, for that matter. Actually, scratch that. There was only ever one "Italian Job".

  44. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Re: Cave?

    "Interesting, given that a cave is effectively defined by being the absence of a load of rock, surrounded by rock, how do you steal it? Did they come and fill it with concrete?"

    Stealing a cave would be classed as upsizing. The only way to steal a cave would involve taking a significant proportion of the surrounding rock otherwise you'd be "stealing" just an empty space. So thank the thieves for the home improvements as they roll their new caravan away on the log rollers.

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Laura Norder

    No, not really, but it's interesting how views on what is just law and how it should be enforced have varied over the years.

    The thing about "scofflaws" is that, at various points in history, there have been various laws that warranted being scoffed at, Consider that at one time, 'buggery' was a *capital* crime. Short of force, threats, etc. it should never have been anyone's business where you wanted to put your little Austin Powers. Sometimes it seems that with all the bad things your government is doing, cheating on your taxes merely means they have less money to do bad things with. You want to sit at home and smoke a J? You're probably way less of a menace than the drunk down the street.

  46. Naughtyhorse

    bloody neanderthals...commin over here takin are jobs an caves.....

  47. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Blarg skunk

    I just wish all the stuff available today was not just variants of skunk it reeks, I miss the more mellow stuff of my misspent youth.

    Blooming kids ;->

  48. James 51 Silver badge
    Childcatcher

    Re: Blarg skunk

    While the evidence in terms of studies is thin, it does suggest the stronger strains can have a negative effect on your mental health.

    https://www.rethink.org/media-centre/2015/02/new-study-about-skunk-induced-psychosis-rethink-mental-illness-response

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/16/skunk-cannabis-triples-risk-psychotic-episodes-study

    The theory I have heard is that there is more THC and less of a compond that helps to protect from potential negative effects in the stronger strains.

  49. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Blarg skunk

    Then grow your own. Which a quick search on t'internet for "hydroponics suppliers" (other search terms are available) would show must be taking place on an epic scale.

    I have within 10 miles, at least 5 industrial-unit size hydroponics suppliers. Lights, pumps. tents, accessories, nutrients, tools. They're open 7 days a week, and must be doing a good trade.

    (Of course, internet suppliers exists as well).

    Make sure you get the electrics right. Use a carbon filter. Don't sell. Pay for your electricity, and you've pretty much moved ahead of the numpties getting caught. Just live by DON'T SMELL, DON'T TELL, DON'T SELL and you'll be alright.

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