Cannabis seeds

Someone phoned me the other day and said he was looking for an accountant to help him with his new business selling cannabis seeds. He was going to import them from Holland and sell them as "souvenirs" or for genetic testing. Believe it or not, it is apparently perfectly legal in this country to sell cannabis seeds (or hemp as he called them) so long as you don't grow them into plants or give any advice on germination. In fact, there is already a firm called Attitude Seeds doing this. He reckoned it was just the same as garden centres selling hydroponic equipment for growing tomatoes indoors. Everyone knows what they are really for, he said.

I phoned the ACCA for advice. They said it was OK to act for him provided it didn't bring the accountancy profession into disrepute. Thanks a lot guys - that was a big help! I ended up turning him down. I said that unless his main clients were buying them for industrial use, or he did something to render the seeds unusable as drugs (maybe roasting them like peanuts) I couldn't take the chance.

Was I being a bit unfair or would other members have done the same?

Chris

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Sensible approach to me

Roland195 |

Ethical minefield

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No problem

mwngiol |
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I agree

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Roland195 |

It's up to you

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So how would you feel about acting for

ACDWebb |
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Morals -

cymraeg_draig |
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Interesting one

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CD we crossed again

Paul Scholes |
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As if by magic though I anticipated your question.

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Harriet who?

Paul Scholes |
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Discrimination

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Paul

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my guess is that you are being highly selective

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Sex industry

mwngiol |
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Is it VATable too ?

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Prostitutes

taxhound |
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Unspecified source of income on assessment

davidwinch |
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You've got me all wrong!

cfield |
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@CD Much more pragmatic now...

WhichTyler |

Real (but old) case

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WT

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commercial & professional

Paul Scholes |
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A rose by any other name...

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Early contender for quote of the year!

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Morals - we've all got them - and they are all different.

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Question for CD

Roland195 |

Roland

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Multi-tasking

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Paul

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C_D spot on......... again!

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'Taxi Rank'

WhichTyler |

A little disingenuous?

andypartridge |

C_D you see i told you

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@ WhichTyler & David

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Cannabis Seeds

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I would love to know...

chatman |

What about farmers growing hemp ...

JC |

Out of interest only, and not as your community manager

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Becky

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Psychological ill health

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Mental health issues

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Cannabis

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CD

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I am honourned

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Rob Free Cannabis

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I agree with Becky and mwngiol

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Richard Littlejohn Comment

chatman |

Protecting from ourselves ?

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