Dutch households asked help sniff out cannabis plantations
Around 30,000 households in Rotterdam and The Hague are being asked to help sniff out cannabis plantations in their cities. The two city councils have distributed 15,000 scented cards smelling of marijuana plants so that they can recognise what a plantation smells like. The idea is to involve the community in uncovering cannabis plantations has come from energy company Eneco. In 2006 and 2007, the company distributed scratch cards smelling of gas to 1.8 million customers, so that residents know what a gas leak smells like. The initiative for the cannabis cards has been taken by the national taskforce against organised cannabis growing.
”Cannabis plantations are a nuisance,” says a spokesperson from Rotterdam city council. “They cause fires now and then or cause flooding damage. We want to warn people against this.” Every year, a couple of hundred plantations are discovered in the city of Rotterdam. In The Hague, 250 cannabis plantations were dismantled last year. This year, 132 had already been found by the end of August.
The card also gives other information on how to discover cannabis plantations. For instance the buzzing sound of ventilators, a house where the curtains are always closed and uninhabitable buildings or where people are only seen sporadically.
For the time being the projects are trials, but if they are successful, all households could receive scented cards. The cards will be sent to households in The Hague and Rotterdam in November.
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