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Dutch clampdown drives cannabis farms east

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Dutch clampdown drives cannabis farms east
A cannabis warehouse plantation in Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania. Photo: DPA
12:33 CET+01:00
Large cannabis plantations are popping up more frequently in Germany's sparsely populated north east, it was reported on Thursday. A crackdown in the Netherlands has pushed up production of the drug.

Since 2011, police have uncovered around 50 cannabis farms in empty buildings across the north-eastern state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania. Before this they would find only a couple each year.

Dutch authorities have been coming down hard on cannabis growers since 2011, according to Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania's office for criminal investigation (LKA), which published the figures.

This has seen an increase in production in Germany. The large stretches of uninhabited land in Mecklenburg have proved perfect for producers who can tend to thousands of plants in peace – harvesting four to six times per year and making millions or euros.

And the LKA's figures only include cannabis farms they have found, meaning there are likely to be dozens more out there.

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