‘Cannabis forest’ discovered in southwest London – police
“There have been no arrests at this time and enquires continue, to find those responsible for cultivating the plants,” a statement read.
PC Sarah Henderson, of Kingston borough, described the scene.
“The area these plants were growing on was the size of a football pitch, it looked like a small forest of Christmas trees and was complete with a gazebo.
“Whoever set this up used a really remote spot; the only way to get there was a 20 minute walk through wasteland. But all their time, trouble and gardening skills will go unrewarded, as the whole lot will now be destroyed by police.”
While farms on a commercial scale are being tackled by officers, police have become more lenient on those growing cannabis in a personal capacity.
It was revealed in July that officers in County Durham had effectively legalized the growing of marijuana by declaring it was no longer a priority.
Police in the area said they would only go after drug users if they were being “blatant” or they had had a complaint.
The policy was outlined by the Police and Crime Commissioner for the area Ron Hogg, who said it he hoped their decision would spark a national debate.
“We are not prioritizing people who have a small number of cannabis plants for their own use. In low level cases we say it is better to work with them and put them in a position where they can recover,” he said.
“In these cases the most likely way of dealing with them would be with a caution and by taking the plants away and disposing of them. It is unlikely that a case like that would be brought before a court.
“Of course it is up to the government to change the law, but I’m trying to open up a debate about drugs and drugs policy.”
The government, however, remains committed to its ‘war on drugs’ and has continued to criminalize recreational and dangerous drugs. It has further introduced a blanket ban on legal highs.