• The growing farms for drugs are referred to as ‘factories’. The way in which the drugs are grown can vary from single plants in houses to a large scale cannabis production. The most common type of factory is found in residential houses. Walls are often knocked down so you are left with an empty shell that has been turned into a giant enclosed green house.
• Another tell-tale sign is when people move in and very soon after there is considerable building work taking place inside the property.
• Landlords should also be suspicious if the tenant wants to meet in a different place other than the house to pay rent or discuss the property.
Criminals are using more inventive ways to conceal cannabis grows – not just in rooms, but in the back of shops and even underground.
In addition it is also important to consider that sometimes the people working in the ‘farms’ are victims of human trafficking and working against their will.
Cannabis farms are very dangerous places and pose a serious risk of fire. Often the electricity meter has been bypassed and seriously overloaded electrical circuits run close to water-filled pipes. Plants grown upstairs in a building can also cause floorboards to rot, presenting the danger of collapse.
Cannabis is a Class B drug. Possession of a Class B drug is punishable by up to five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Not in my neighbourhood
Supply of cannabis is punishable by up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. Police can also issue a warning or an on-the-spot fine of £90 if you’re found with cannabis.
Signs that could point to a cannabis cultivation include:
Consequences of allowing cannabis cultivation include reduction in property values, increased insurance premiums, hostile tenants, and up to 14 years imprisonment and a criminal record.