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Dartmoor farmer allowed cannabis to be grown on land

John Shears has admitted allowing his land on Dartmoor to be used to grow cannabis Credit: Irving of Exeter

A former chairman of the Devon National Farmers Union has admitted allowing his land on Dartmoor to be used to grow cannabis.

John Shears has denied a second charge of producing the drug at his farm and now faces a trial at Exeter Crown Court next year.

Police seized 189 plants at the farm in May - capable of producing drugs worth thousands of pounds.

Leading farmer arrested after police find cannabis plants

A member of the Dartmoor Park Authority has been arrested and bailed by police following the discovery of 189 cannabis plants at a farm in Devon.

69 year old John Shears, from Chagford near Newton Abbot, is a former branch chairman of the National Farmers Union.

John Shears, a former NFU branch chairman was arrested following a raid by police at a farm in Devon. Credit: ITV West Country

Devon and Cornwall Police also arrested three other men on suspicion of production of Class B drugs.

All four men were questioned at Launceston Police Station in Cornwall and are due to answer bail on August 7.

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Study into effect of cannabis on MS

Scientists at Plymouth University say cannabis has no effect in halting progressive multiple sclerosis. But they say it may have some benefit for people with less serious MS.

Experts studied 500 people with MS over an eight-year period. Some were given capsules containing the active ingredient in cannabis, while others were given placebos.

500 multiple sclerosis sufferers took part in the study Credit: ITV Westcountry