Met Police finds 1,000 cannabis farms across London

1/23/2022 1:25:00 PM
Met Police finds 1,000 cannabis farms across London

It comes as Sadiq Khan announces plans to pilot 'decriminalising' some minor cannabis offences.

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It comes as Sadiq Khan announces plans to pilot 'decriminalising' some minor cannabis offences.

The Met Police has found more than 1,000 cannabis farms across the capital in the last six years, new data shows.It comes as Sadiq Khan announced plans to pilot "decriminalising" some minor cannabis offences in the capital."Cannabis farms drive up levels of drug dealing in our city, which often involves the exploitation of young vulnerable Londoners, and closing these farms down is a key part of the fight against modern slavery."

Data showed that between November 2015 and December 2021, a total of 1,096 cannabis farms were found across the city.Speaking last month, Det Sgt Owen Morgan said: "A seizure of this magnitude will undoubtedly have an impact on drugs supply on London's streets.

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HelenRPrice Or, and hear me out, we take this drug which has an incredibly low addiction rate, doesn't kill people and linked to multiple health benefits, legalise it, tax it, stop wasting police time so they can focus on serious crimes and use that tax money to benefit us all.

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Nearly half of those farms were found between December 2019 and November 2020 - a time when London was largely in lockdown due to Covid-19 measures. City Hall said cannabis farms led to more drug dealing in the city and described the Met's work as "vital". We need to get to the bottom of the matter. It comes as Sadiq Khan announced plans to pilot "decriminalising" some minor cannabis offences in the capital. I felt humiliated and powerless,” she told the newspaper. A spokesperson for the mayor of London said he was pleased to see the impact of the Met's work "bearing down on illegal drugs" and "shutting down illegal cannabis farms".” Register for free to continue reading Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists register Please enter a valid email Please enter a valid email Password Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number First name Please enter your first name Special characters aren’t allowed Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters Last name Please enter your last name Special characters aren’t allowed Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters Select your year of birth 2004. He added: "This is a vital part of their work to reduce the harm and violence drugs and drug-related crimes cause to individuals, families and communities." Ahead of the extreme change in weather, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) also issued a warning, encouraging people to stay warm and look out for those most at risk as the freezing conditions spread across the country.

"Cannabis farms drive up levels of drug dealing in our city, which often involves the exploitation of young vulnerable Londoners, and closing these farms down is a key part of the fight against modern slavery. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Raab, the deputy prime minister and justice secretary, described the allegations — denied by the chief whip, Mark Spencer— as “incredibly serious”, but said a formal complaint had to be submitted before an investigation is launched." The figures were released by the Met to Conservative London Assembly member and former mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey. 'Devastating impact' Data showed that between November 2015 and December 2021, a total of 1,096 cannabis farms were found across the city. In 2020, 455 cannabis farms were discovered - more than double the number found during any of the previous four years. “On the specific allegations, it’s very unusual that the chief whip has come out and said the conversation concerned was with him, Mark Spencer, and he has categorically denied in the what can only be described as the most forthright and robust terms. During a recent seizure in Rainham, east London, officers found more than 1,000 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of £1m.

Speaking last month, Det Sgt Owen Morgan said: "A seizure of this magnitude will undoubtedly have an impact on drugs supply on London's streets. "We know that there is a link between drugs and violent crime, with both having a devastating impact on our communities. Recommended." Image source, PA Media Image caption, Sadiq Khan hopes to establish a London Drug Commission of experts who will examine the effectiveness of drug laws The mayor of London is understood to be developing a plan based on a successful model from Thames Valley Police , where young people found with small quantities of drugs are given the opportunity to engage with support services. The scheme aims to divert those who have committed low-level offending away from the criminal justice system and into counselling. Mr Khan's office said the plans for three boroughs to trial the approach were still in development and that they did not have the powers to fully decriminalise any drugs.

The pilot is yet to receive approval from the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (Mopac). More on this story .