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Dutch Police Confiscated Cannabis, Left Fir Plants for Growers to Find

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, the Dutch Police were tipped by a hiker who found a makeshift plastic greenhouse containing five cannabis plants in the forest near the small town of Epe in the province of Gelderland.

greenhouse in the forest

According to the Epe Police Department, the concerned hiker initially paid little attention until noticing the tent was partially hidden by branches and leaves. When the curious hiker came closer, he saw five cannabis plants and called the police. On Facebook, the police published their ingenious tactics to eradicate the forbidden plants:

In the night of Saturday, July 22, 2017 on Sunday, July 23, 2017, we examined the situation and saw that five big cannabis plants in the tent. As there was no owner of the tent, we decided to destroy the plants on the spot, giving them back to nature. This prompted us to return something to the owner of the DIY-growing tent. In order not to completely disappoint the unknown cannabis grower, we have refilled the flower pots. The grower will not get rich, but a forest is a place for fir trees. With the five hemp plants in hand and a smile on our face we left the forest. Unfortunately, we will never know how this inventive hemp growers will respond when seeing their own grown fir-cannabis. The grow will be cleaned up by the municipality.”

cannabis plants forest

In the Netherlands, the cultivation of five plants is tolerated so long as the grow is not conducted under artificial light; the plants must be grown on private property but cannot be visible to the public. Cannabis cultivators must also ensure that neighbors do not feel disturbed by the smell or the sight of the plants. If the police receive a complaint about 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 cannabis plants, the offending plants will likely be seized without criminal prosecution of the owner.

In this case, the humor of the police did not win many laughs on social media. Instead of laughing at bad jokes at the expense of self-suppliers (“Five plants won’t make you rich!”), many readers demanded the long overdue legalization of cannabis in the Netherlands.

Photos courtesy of Politie Epe

 

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UK Police Leave Polite Note for Illegal Pot Growers

The British people are known for many things and politeness is one of them. Seemingly, the same goes for some police departments in the United Kingdom as well.

On July 7, police in Oxford, about two hours outside of London, found a field of cannabis plants growing in the forest.

Instead of launching an investigation, officers with the Thames Valley Police decided to leave a note for the cultivators. The message read, “Oops! Sorry we missed each other. But feel free to call me on 101 so we can discuss a deal.” The police then signed off “Lots of love, TVP xx.”

The officers then posted a picture on Twitter of the note and plants, before they were dug up and destroyed. On the Tweet, the cops added the hashtag #WeveGotManners:

“It’s interesting to see such a jovial response to what’s still technically a crime in the UK,” said Jason Reed, Spokesperson for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) in an interview with Marijuana.com. “This goes to show how low in priority cannabis has now become.” Reed added that “It’s unlikely we’d have such a relaxed approach to other crimes, so to have a bit of a joke is an indicator that there are indeed bigger priorities to British police forces.”

All jokes aside, Reed provided a reminder that there is still a significant amount of work to do in order to change the years of “reefer madness” that has affected the United Kingdom, just like everywhere else.

“We have to bear in mind there are many people in the U.K. who do receive criminal reprisal for their cannabis possession and low-level cultivation, including many who have serious and debilitating illnesses and conditions. To these people, cannabis laws are no laughing matter.

As cannabis reform takes hold in Europe one country at a time, hopefully, the de-escalation of law enforcement will continue and amusing notes will eventually turn into no action at all.

 

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