Green green grass of home: police crack down on cottage industry of cannabis

Over 7,000 cannabis farms were discovered last year, with a shift away from the larger scale farms set up by gangs
10 April 2013
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Across the UK, 7,865 cannabis farms were discovered in 2011-12, an increase of 15% on the previous year's figures and over double the number for 2007-8 when police found just 3,032. Previously cannabis cultivation was done on a larger scale by gangs, who would fully convert terrace houses, knocking down walls to make larger growing areas, taking electricity direct from the mains, to avoid triggering the suspicion of the energy companies over unusually high consumption. Recently, there has been a shift towards smaller-scale farms, in line with a national trend, identified by the Association of Chief Police Officers' 2012 report into the commercial cultivation of cannabis .

Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Guardian (UK)