Friday, 3 January 2014 - 13:30
Dutch crackdown pushes cannabis farms in Germany
Germany has noticed a sharp increase in cannabis plantations in sparsely populated north east. Cannabis / Wikipedia The increase is attributed mainly to the Netherlands’ crackdown on cannabis growers since 2011. Across the north-eastern state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania, the German police have arrested about 50 cannabis farms in empty buildings since 2011, The Local reports. According to Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania's office for criminal investigation (LKA), the Dutch government has come down hard on cannabis growers since 2011, and this has increased production in Germany, the newspaper said. The uninhabited land in Mecklenburg is perfect for cannabis producers. They can grow thousands of plants there and can harvest four to six times a year. The LKA's figures only include cannabis farms they have found. This means there are likely to be dozens more out there, according to the paper.