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Sussex cannabis growers target smaller houses as number of cultivation sites rise

The Argus: Sussex cannabis growers target smaller houses as number of cultivation sites rise Sussex cannabis growers target smaller houses as number of cultivation sites rise

An increasing amount of smaller properties are being used to grow cannabis as figures reveal a rise in sites harvesting the drug in Sussex.

Figures obtained by The Argus show there were 73 cannabis cultivation sites discovered in the seven months between April 2013 and October 2013.

This compared to just 41 that were discovered in the year between April 2011 and March 2012.


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The rise has also coincided with cannabis cultivators preferring smaller domestic properties instead of larger commercial growing sites.

A Sussex Police spokesman said there were several reasons behind the shift.

One of them is the wider availability of equipment from an increase of hydroponic shops.

This means some growers can bypass criminal gangs and avoid being caught up in organised crime.

Another reason is that crime gangs can “spread the risk” by setting up cultivation sites at various small premises.

Should one be discovered it means the quantities found might result in a more lenient punishment and is less likely to jeopardise the whole operation.

Sussex Police said it is “determined to continue to disrupt networks like this and reduce the harm caused by this type of offending, the effects of which can have a really serious impact on local communities”.

A spokesman added: “We work with property managers and private landlords to tackle this illegal activity and to disrupt not just organised crime groups, who are often behind these crimes and who are often involved in other crime as well but also to disrupt smaller conspiracies. Our 'Landlords Guide' is equally applicable to the issue of small grows.”

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The force is asking residents to help in the fight by looking out for suspicious properties that could be housing a cannabis cultivation site.

Signs to look out for can include covered over windows, no one appearing to live there, comings and goings at odd times, for example to water plants, extractor fans in walls, and finally a distinct sweet herbal smell.

People who see anything suspicious should call the police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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4:23pm Mon 6 Jan 14

CVF420 says...

Prohibition of cannabis has been an extremely expensive, complete failure, and it will continue to be so for as long as it is enforced. Our government should implement a policy of legal regulation as soon as possible. A legal scheme would take this massive market out from the hands of criminals, and into the legal market. It would create thousands of taxable, legitimate jobs, which would of course help our economy tremendously. It is time to stop persecuting adults who choose to consume a substance far safer than alcohol and tobacco.

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Prohibition of cannabis has been an extremely expensive, complete failure, and it will continue to be so for as long as it is enforced. Our government should implement a policy of legal regulation as soon as possible. A legal scheme would take this massive market out from the hands of criminals, and into the legal market. It would create thousands of taxable, legitimate jobs, which would of course help our economy tremendously. It is time to stop persecuting adults who choose to consume a substance far safer than alcohol and tobacco. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.com/cvf420 CVF420
  • Score: -5

4:26pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

I can't quite tell: is this a "good news" story about local entrepreneurs?
I can't quite tell: is this a "good news" story about local entrepreneurs? Roundbill
  • Score: 0

4:51pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

CVF420 wrote:
Prohibition of cannabis has been an extremely expensive, complete failure, and it will continue to be so for as long as it is enforced. Our government should implement a policy of legal regulation as soon as possible. A legal scheme would take this massive market out from the hands of criminals, and into the legal market. It would create thousands of taxable, legitimate jobs, which would of course help our economy tremendously. It is time to stop persecuting adults who choose to consume a substance far safer than alcohol and tobacco.

Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF)
CVF Media Team
facebook.com/cvf420
As if stoners will pay tax on their weed
[quote][p][bold]CVF420[/bold] wrote: Prohibition of cannabis has been an extremely expensive, complete failure, and it will continue to be so for as long as it is enforced. Our government should implement a policy of legal regulation as soon as possible. A legal scheme would take this massive market out from the hands of criminals, and into the legal market. It would create thousands of taxable, legitimate jobs, which would of course help our economy tremendously. It is time to stop persecuting adults who choose to consume a substance far safer than alcohol and tobacco. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.com/cvf420[/p][/quote]As if stoners will pay tax on their weed Dr Martin
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