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1 UK: Growth industry in London's Financial District: MarijuanaFri, 22 Jan 2021
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Kwai, Isabella Area:United Kingdom Lines:63 Added:01/22/2021

LONDON - The normal bustle of London's financial district has been quieted by the latest national lockdown, with businesses shuttered and work shifted to home.

But the sudden lull and the unexpected vacating of prime real estate has seen at least one venture (albeit an illegal one) thrive: an indoor weed farm.

That ended this past week when police officers discovered the criminal operation, which they called a "cannabis factory," in a basement equipped with wired lighting and ventilation tubes in a commercial building not far from the Bank of England.

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2 Scotland: Battling Scotland's Drug Crisis From The Back Of A VanTue, 22 Dec 2020
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:McCann, Allison Area:Scotland Lines:194 Added:12/22/2020

GLASGOW - Every Friday for the past two months, Peter Krykant has parked his white van on Parnie Street in central Glasgow, around the corner from a games shop and several art galleries, and waited for people to come by and inject illegal drugs.

Inside the van are two seats and two tables, each with a stainless steel tray and hypodermic needles, as well as several biohazard trash cans. The van is also equipped with naloxone, the medication used to reverse an opioid overdose, and a defibrillator. (There are Covid-19 safety precautions, too: hand sanitizer and a box of masks.)

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