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A London law firm is looking to tap into the highly lucrative legal weed scene through the launch of what is understood to be the UK’s first dedicated cannabis law department.

Unveiling its brand new weed wing, Mackrell Turner Garrett said it’s looking to follow in the footsteps of law firms over in the US who have reportedly hit the jackpot by focusing on the needs of the rapidly growing cannabis industry.

The West London outfit’s decision to branch out is the brainchild of Robert Jappie, a senior associate at the firm who has a strong interest in drug policy reform due to his previous experience in criminal defence work. Now the firm’s head of cannabis law, Jappie said:

“Despite the UK being one of the biggest producers and worldwide exporters of cannabis, it was still prohibited medicinally and recreationally (at that time). However, the investigations revealed that there was a burgeoning CBD industry already in existence in the UK and that positive noises were coming out of the industry regarding medicinal cannabis.”

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While it remains illegal for recreational use in the UK, a recent change in the law allows doctors to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products in limited circumstances. Cannabis oil (CBD), however, is legal, provided it doesn’t contain Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in cannabis which remains a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

This tentative step towards the legalisation has led to some rather interesting products hitting our shelves, including this CBD-based hummus which is currently available at a supermarket in yes, you guessed it, Shoreditch, East London.

The City’s big players are taking the weed sector seriously, too. Last month, magic circle player Allen & Overy launched a cannabis newsletter, promising prospective clients “a practitioner insight on the legal and regulatory developments in the Cannabis sector worldwide.”

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105 Comments

Peter

Gateway drug. First it is weed, then cocaine, then crack and heroin.

I lost 47 friends to drugs last year, and if this epidemic is not stopped I am worried that I will lose even more next year.

I think it is very irresponsible for law firms to almost be condoning drugs in this way.

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Anonymous

I Disagree with your statement. These firms are clearly intending to advise on the regulatory aspects, which should leave to safer consumption.

If all drugs were regulated then they are likely to be safer to use, and ergo less deadly.

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Peter

Safer consumption of a poison that ruins lives? You can’t advise people to jump off a cliff, regardless of the manner in which you jump. At the end of the day you are leading people off a cliff.

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Anonymous

Peter, you have never had 2 friends let alone 47 friends. Fake news.

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Peter

Why are you resorting to personal attacks against me? You’d probably be very surprised how many friends I have, but 47 was obviously a typo. I lost 4 friends, but regardless of the number my points remain.

Anonymous

Peter, you’re aware that alcohol (a poison that ruins lives) is legal and regulated here in the UK?

Peter

I am aware and I do not drink. I have also seen the devastating effect that alcohol can have on lives. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

I don’t gamble either.

Anonymous

Peter sounds like a bundle of laughs.

Peter

Fuck off.

Anonymous

This comment thread made my morning HAHAH

Anonymous

Your point isn’t sound. People tend to stick to certain types of drugs. You seem to think people start with soporific drugs, move to accelerant drugs and then return to harder soporific/sedative drugs. That is not a typical journey. Most people stick to uppers or downers throughout their drug use.

Peter

Some do, but it is a real mix. No path is a good path though. Any slope can be slipped off of.

John

Peter. Please educate yourself on the medical weed area ,before making judgements. Your are very ourdated friend

Anonymous

Please tell me what “Your are” and “ourdated” means please? It’s hard to respond to this mangling of the English language.

Anon

Like alcohol….or sugar!

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Anonymous

There is no way you had 47 friends.

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Anon

47 friend dead from drugs last year??Good grief, that’s nearly one a week! What are you’re mates on!?

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Peter

“your” not “you’re”. You are too stupid to engage with.

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John

Some of us rely on the automatic spelling/grammar corrections, I’m chronic dyslexic but very aware of the benefits . Cannabis was used for 2000yrs, yet banned for nearly the past 100 yrs as a competitor to nylon. We thank DuPont for the weed madness hysteria and misinformation. DuPont at the time was powerful enough to sway governments to ban , whilst he was financially involved with nylon…..the rest is history

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Peter

This post is a mess. Was it fed through Google translate? What’s your point please?

Dr Frankenstein

Peter, mate, you need to find better company!

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Peter

I love my friends, as I love my family, my wife and my family. Some of them have made some bad decisions, and continue to do so. I cannot condone those decisions, but I can understand them – hard as it may be. I just hope that others will not make the same mistakes. It is easy to feel invincible, in control, and to subscribe to the myth that this sort of behaviour is okay. When you’re burying your friends you realise the reality of the situation. This is not a game.

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Anonymous

When it happens to 1 or 2 people, that is a coincidence. 47 friends is almost a Jonestown-type disaster.

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Peter

Read my above post. It was 4.

Anonymous

Did you change numbers or just make a misprint? If the latter, then don’t you think that it is a bit hypocritical to attack other people for the same (as in the chain above)?

Peter

Please learn the difference between a genuine error and just being stupid. Thank you.

Anonymous

Typing and extra number is one hell of a mistake as opposed to a typo of spelling. Peter I think you’re fighting a losing battle here.

Peter

It’s not. You’re wrong. Please pull your head out of your ass.

John

Heroin is the main med along with cocaine, if abused causes misery and death. No one dies form cannabis. Gateway drug it isn’t but is sold illegally next to hard class A drugs. Legalisation takes the dealers out of the loop or the dodgy deals in back streets. Cannabis has some of the most powerful medicinal properties, with the least side effects,ref meds for epilepsy are so damaging they cannot be used long term . Cannabis meds, cannot be O.Dd on . Pets respond incredible well to controlled doses of CBD oil ( with or without THC , the high element. I have seen first hand the reduction of life threatening seizures immediately. Unlike any other of the many many modern drugs offered by our health system. GW ( Brit company founded 1998 ) has been the global supplier/ exporter for nearly 2 decades, the world do not share your view nowadays. Read into CBDA, I promise you will enjoy the new recognition of its benefits. 2000 yrs use didn’t have any issues

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Peter

If cannabis consumption leads to posts like that, perhaps it is better if the users escalate their dirty drug habits and die. Stick to cannabis and you end up with a fried brain. Move on to crack/etc and you die. Either way, you’re dead to the world.

John

Peter
Apologies, if my post isn’t perfectly written or laid out. Spouting judgements on a subject you are ill informed isn’t a smart move. The life changing results from cbd, especially with children has been heart lifting
Clearly you want to stay uneducated.

Peter

Pardon? If you can’t communicate in English please cease posting.

John

Check your facts, you’re showing your ignorance.

Georgie

His post makes perfect sense to somebody that is educated on the matter of cannabis. If you are not, which it appears you aren’t, I do not think you should continue replying Peter.

Peter

I don’t want to read none of that new-age, hipster, commie bullsh*t.

I cannot and I will not be corrupted by this nonsense.

Anonymous

Stop pretending you can’t read other peoples perfectly written comments when you yourself are guilty of typos, you gigantic douche lord.

Anonymous

‘I don’t want to read none…’. Good double negative Peter. Well done.

Peter

Thank you.

Sammy

Why post at all if you don’t know what you are talking about and I think you changed number of friends as you where called out over it and to call people stupid go and get an education then post

Legal Rec

This is not a comment I would expect of somebody who has lost 47 or 4 friends to drug use. “perhaps it is better if the users escalate their dirty drug habits and die”

Peter, you sound very bitter about something. I’m thinking a cannabis smoker stole your girlfriend.

Cannabis has been smoked throughout history. Whilst there are downsides to it, moderate use is proven to be beneficial after the age of 25 when the frontal lobe is fully developed. You cannot now come onto the internet and tell the world that you know it’s bad because you had friends with suicidal tendencies that were brought out. It is tragic that you lost friends, but to then develop this blind ignorance is its own tragedy.

Regulating of the substance is a good idea, because you cannot stop its illegal production.

Peter

You’re either a recruiter or pretending to be one. In either case your opinions count for the same. Zero. Go back to whatever drain you wriggled out of.

Anonymous

My name is Legal Rec and I’m either a recruiter or pretending to be one? Covered all bases there, Peter. Nothing gets past you.

Peter

Yes, I am smart, and actually far smarter than you. In fact as a recruiter by definition you’re a bottom feeding prick who no one likes.

Legal Rec

“Why are you resorting to personal attacks against me? You’d probably be very surprised how many friends I have”

Sound familiar, Peter?

Peter

Why don’t you go fuck off and pester someone for a job they don’t want?

Anonymous

Oh Peter gets sassy!

Anonymous

I think he needs a drink

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Anonymous

Judging by Peter’s responses he has already had too much already

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Peter

I don’t drink, retard. See comments above (assuming you can read).

Anonymous

Must be fake news then (like 47 friends). You clearly act as if you are intoxicated.

Anonymous

I’d kill myself too if I were mates with you

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Peter

Let’s be friends then.

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NotSoJudgemental

I think you need to consider the impact of legalised opioids such as oxycodone before suggesting that law firms shouldn’t be providing representation in relation to the proper use of legalised drugs. The legal profession is mandated to represent both sides of any issue, including in the criminal sector. It is fundamental to our system that each side is adequately and properly represented if they need or want it, so I don’t see why this move is anything less than appropriate, given the legislative changes coming.

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Shocked

You lost 47 friends? Seriously? You sound more like a serial killer than a friend.

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Peter

It is 4, fuckwit. Can you read?

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Educating

@ the dramatic guy who goes by Peter

The educational part:
You realise that weed isn’t as bad as a half the things people consume and legally. Not just the ones that slowly stop your heart, or give you diabetes – but also spices like nutmeg and turmeric that affect enzymes that interact with receptors in your brain.

The other part:
Your argument about weed being a gateway drug is a hypothesis at best – wouldn’t go so far as to call it a theory. If you’re losing an argument, trying to win it by commenting on someone’s poor use of language is just sad – even high school debates have a higher standard.

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Peter

What’s your empirical evidence for your assertions? How many good friends have you lost? None. Speaking from an ivory tower of privilege is not a good look. You dishonour the memories of my dear friends. I’ll await an apology.

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Person of To ge

Pass me duchy on me left hand säid!

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Anonymous

What a load of bull. Cannabis is NOT a gateway drug, in fact it is not a drug at all. It is a plant that has many many benefits for humans and is actually now being successfully used to get people OFF actual drugs like heroin and cocaine. People like you have either been mis-informed, lied to and/or have probably never tried it…

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Anonymous

Well stone me!

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Anonymous

Don’t be a dope!

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Anonymous

Mackrell Turner Garrett? That name sounds a bit fishy to me.

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Anonymous

Almost as fishy as Addleshaw Coddard

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Anonymous

Not to mention Squidly Austin…

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Anonymous

Burges Salmon?

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Anonymous

Mischon de Ray-a

Anonymous

This. All of this thread. This is the good shit that I come here for. Peter and the like can bore off. More fish based puns, please.

Anonymous

I’m a carporate lawyer myself

Anonymous

Trout & Hamlins, anybody?

Anonymous

White & Plaice?

Anonymous

Osbourne Shark

Anonymous

I’m partial to some Skadden, Carps, Slate, Meagher & Flotsam.

Anonymous

Excellent to see that Legal Cheek has a new corporate sponsor.

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Dr Frankenstein

Drug money!

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Anonymous

Good Cod! This sounds like the Plaice to be!

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Anonymous

cue the one pound fish man song…

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Anonymous

Can’t wait for their PAD applications to be called a fishing expedition.

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Tokes & Gray LLP

We’re the best firm for that kind of work

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Baked McKenzie

Not sure your facts are up to date.

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Blazer Mills

Everyone knows we’re top

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Baked Morgan LLP

…oh really

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My Gin in your Tonic

Dash of lime love

Bird & Bud

…forgetting someone?

Got da munchies

Weed will one day be legal for recreational use in the UK. It will be regulated, but legal. Firms that choose to get into this field early will greatly benefit.

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Anonymous

Agree. Will be high in the legal directory rankings.

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Mr Hindsight

Envisage this scenario – in 10 years’ time cannabis is legal in the UK. It is heavily regulated and taxed by the government, but on the face of it the whole process seems to have worked. However, I think there will always remain a risk.

Put it this way… what happens if some currently unknown impacts on the brain or the body surface? Sometimes decisions lead to regret, that is all I will say. Open the door to the devil and a crook with a trouser python could be there to give you a good telling off. Would you let your wife set sail on a yacht with such a character? Would you trust such a man to sell your children candy or ice cream?

Just be careful what you wish for.

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BinarySolo

Interesting points Captain Hindsight. I like that you mention ice cream, given that the founding director Mr Baskin died from heart disease, directly linked to his use of ice cream. People have found ways of killing themselves and doing themselves harm through various mechanisms, we can never eliminate risk. Perhaps the most telling is that people would rather trust 90 year old Doreen to drive on the roads, even when she went the wrong way down a dual carriageway, than allow a statistically safer-than-human system to drive a Tesla. Humans.

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Cantona

I am not a (hu)man. I am Cantona.

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Anonymous

What does that even mean? You are utterly ridiculous.

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Sally from Accounts

I think you just don’t get it, do you? I opened that door long ago and I never looked back. Would I want the same for my daughter?

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Lord Charlie Farley, 14th Earl of Skibbereen and rightful heir to the Duchy of Leinster

Never did me any harm.

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Peter

I sound like a right fucking knob on here.

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Pablo

Peter is a mad backwards cutie.

Alcohol is the gateway drug son.
But I think you’re trolo trolo trolo trolling,
If that’s the case then we’ll played sir, if not, we’ll then up yours pal!

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Peter

I was in an odd head space and talking a load of b*llocks, not really trolling as such. There is actually more than one Peter though – the more detailed and mental posts are me. The more brash and abrupt ones are second (or possibly third or more) Peter(s).

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OldChippo

I saw the flame war between Peter and John and for a moment forgot that this was a website for those that are legally qualified. Please take your comment section war (reminiscent of the Daily Mail comment section) to another website.

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Your Legal Cheek Will Get Slapped

Tbf, anyone is allowed on LC, but I see your point.

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Peter

Who the f*ck do you think you are?

I am legally qualified. The comments section is what makes this website. If a load of c*nts are going to talk sh*t about me I am obviously going to talk back.

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Anonymous

Come on Peter, back into your nice warm padded cell. There’s a good boy.

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Peter

Fuck you.

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Linda from HR

These thumbs up are not legitimate. Alex – you naughty boy.

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Canadian Peter

As someone who lives in Canada, Peter is right. After several months of cannabis legalization, everyone in Canada is baked or on either heroin or crack, including our famous Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The country is fast crumbling. Our economy is non-existent, and we will soon rely on bailouts from the United States ultimately leading us to become a subservient state once we fail to pay off our debts.

Furthermore, every citizen now rely’s on food stamps which consist only of microwavable options such as pizza and chicken fingers as everyone is too high to cook meals. Life is bleak. Save yourselves from this wretched gateway drug.

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Anonymous

Justin Trudeau, what a beauty

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