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UK cannabis industry booming

13th March 2007

The cannabis industry in Britain is booming says a leading drugs charity.


DrugScope has published research suggesting that 60% of the hash sold on UK streets is home-grown, which is up 11% on figures from a decade ago. The researchers also found that the police are engaged in an increasingly difficult fight to stamp out the growing numbers of cannabis farmers in the UK. Official figures reveal British police are involved in at least three daily raids and more than 1,500 cannabis farms have been shut down in London alone over the past two years. DrugScope says home-grown cannabis has increased in popularity due to a decline in the quality of imported hash over recent years.

Most worrying for police is the level of criminality involved; the majority of cannabis cultivation in the UK is controlled by criminal gangs who often lure illegal immigrants into their system to house-sit their crops. Britain’s cannabis market is mainly dominated by Vietnamese criminal gangs and a new breed of what DrugScope describe as "guerrilla cannabis growers" who plant marijuana on other people's land and return later to harvest it. Police estimate that up to three-quarters of the cannabis farms they have shut down over the past year have been run by Vietnamese gangs who operate across the UK.

In some cases the young illegal migrants involved have been found living in cupboards to allow maximum space for the plants they are ‘baby-sitting’. Police are now warning landlords to be extra vigilant before renting out their properties.


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Glenn Spicer

Friday 16th March 2007 @ 16:18

Why is it that marijauna is illegal when it is less harmful and less adictive than alcohol or tobacco? There are no deaths recorded from this plant and there are many medical applications. There have been numerous government studies and they recommend legalization, but this is not what the government wants to hear so they ignore the results. When will they stop the crime that prohibition creates and legalize it and control it like alcohol and reap the benifits of taxation!

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Date Added: 13th Mar 2007


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