Not Saussure

March 13, 2007

A success story of British farming

Filed under: environment, Food, Politics — notsaussure @ 11:30 am

Shame it’s illegal, of course, but apparently

The number of cannabis farms being found by police has trebled over the last two years, according to a report.

Charity DrugScope said 1,500 cannabis farms were found in London alone in the past two years, compared with around 500 in the previous two years.

Its magazine Druglink said over 60% of cannabis sold in the UK was grown here, compared to 11% 10 years ago.

And all this without any assistance whatsoever from David Miliband, DEFRA, the EU or anyone else.

The solution to the woes of British farming is clear; remove it from the ambit of DEFRA altogether and, instead, have John Reid declare war on it.

Better still, have him appoint a Farming Tzar to prosecute this war on farming. Within 10 years, all the farmers will be coining it.

Update:  should be news to gladden the heart of The Times’ Richard Morrison, at least; I see, via Tim Worstall, that he’s complaining

Either we commit to local values, protect and support our own industries, and nurture a pride in community, or we take our chances in the global marketplace and dump all this Britishness nonsense. In other words, either the nation state still has clout and deserves allegiance, or it doesn’t. Ordinary people need to know where the Government stands.


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  1. Ha! Ordinary people need to know where the government stands. And is this recent? This governmetn has carefully steered a course between the wishy-washy and the inane. They don’t stand anywhere. They have no backbone.

    Comment by jameshigham — March 13, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

  2. An industry with my full support. Home grown crops, grown with pride, meeting the challenge of foreign imports.
    Another sign of pointless regulations getting in the way of free trade.
    Where are these farms?
    Do the crops ever get raided?

    Comment by Crushed by Ingsoc — March 13, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

  3. In private houses, by and large, using lights and hydroponics. There is, actually, quite a major racket involving people-smuggling gangs who bring over Vietnamess nationals to tend to the crops — the deal is that you work off your debt to the smugglers, who provide you with room and board, by tending to the crop growing under lights in several rooms in the house.

    If you’re caught, sentences tend to be on the light side before you’re deported; as the learned judge said when sentencing in a court where I was recently, ‘I can’t really deal with the man as a principle. He’s only their gardener.’

    But if you’re careful, then there seems to be little risk of being caught. The major way people get rumbled is either they get arrested for something else and their house searched or they get greedy, steal electricity and thus raise suspicions.

    Chap I know has his teenage son living in a granny-flat in the house. He noticed the electricity bills for his son’s apartment were pretty horrendous, went and investigated and found a flourishing crop of cannabis plants growing under lights there.

    Terrified of being done for allowing his property to be used for the cultivation of such things — which would have been serious bad news for him, given his job — he took the plants to the local police station. They were quite good-natured about it and agreed to destroy them without taking any legal action against his son; ‘Tell him from us, sir, that he’s clearly got green fingers; that’s the best crop we’ve seen in a good while’.

    Comment by notsaussure — March 13, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

  4. The reason for electricity-nicking isn’t so much because the growers greedy – rather, because electricity companies keep an eye out for bedsits that suddenly start using enough electricity to power a small factory.

    Nicking power from ahead of the meter (ie not from other customers) is pretty much the only way to get away with it…

    Comment by john b — March 14, 2007 @ 11:27 am

  5. Man this amazing Stats:

    The number of cannabis farms being found by police has trebled over the last two years, according to a report.



    Comment by Smoky — April 8, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

  6. Wow,imagine if you were able to market this legally. What would happen then? This is amazing.

    Thank you,


    Comment by Smoky — April 8, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

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