The nationwide weed famine is apparently over, but there's a new problem. Type 'weed contamination' in a search engine and you'll find details of a new, evil scam. Small glass / silica beads are being added to buds increase weight and give the impression of THC crystals. Some say they are too big to travel to the lungs but they could still be a cancer threat. Smokers have reported bleeding from the mouth and nose after smoking this. Put weed in your mouth and check for unsual grittiness, name and shame the dealers who are putting this out. The contamination is happening in the early stages of the distribution as it's been found around the country. I;ve Not seen any in Liverpool yet, but please inform Indymedia if you find some.
It may be that gangsters are trying to recuperate some of the money lost during the hot weather and police clampdown of 2006. During that time there was a movement of people away from pot towards hard stuff, particularly heroin. This might continue unless drug laws change or more people grow thier own.