The police will help you find cannabis

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Ok, they’re expecting you to dob in the growers, but even so, here’s what you need to look out for

The police have issued a helpful guide to identify cannabis operations, in the hope growers will be grassed on by the public.

Cannabis growing season is “well underway” and Detective Sergeant Regan Boucher of Southern District police said people should be on the lookout for cannabis growing operations as they travel around this summer.

People carrying shovels, spades and similar equipment into the bush may be up to no good, as may people repeatedly visiting places at unusual times.

Unusual sightings of lights, head torches, and headlights in rural areas at night may be people growing marijuana.

Theft of fencing equipment or farm bikes from rural properties which could be used in accessing plots and cultivation was another sign to look out for, Boucher said.

And where there’s smoke, there’s likely to be fire – a “distinctive smell” coming from rural areas or properties is another obvious sign.

Certain areas of New Zealand it is harder to find fresh air!

Police are also interested in cannabis grown indoors.

Constantly closed curtains and blacked-out windows, with bright lights on constantly or at strange times may indicate an illegal indoor gardening operation.

Anyone who came across a cannabis growing operation was urged to stay clear, but note its location and report it to police.

Not sure if there is a finders fee.


– Stuff


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  • andrewo

    Caption contest with that photo?

    • The Accountant

      Northland goes up in smoke!

    • andrewo

      “Wish I was downwind”

    • Carl

      “Who bought the marshmellows for the fire, I’ve got the munchies”.

    • Nige.

      “That’s not what I meant when I said we should burn it!”

    • I.M Bach

      Police stoned after wind change. Muslims deny involvement.

  • sandalwood789

    I would love to try the “edibles” (cannabis edibles) if weed became legal.

    I have insomnia and I reckon that there must be a cannabis drink or something that would really help with that.
    I reckon there’d be many thousands of people out there who wouldn’t be into smoking it but who *would* be into trying edibles.

    • I.M Bach

      I might join you. I often suffer from bad sleep but I hate smoke of any sort so sparking up a fat spliff isn’t on the agenda. Cookies perhaps?

  • Day Day

    15% finders fee.

  • HSV325

    Since I got a speeding ticket for doing 105k in a 100k zone I have zero interest in dobbing anyone in for growing weed. Cops can do thier own graft and find it.

    • Chris EM

      Maybe if the police stopped driving up and down our roads looking for law abiding people to blame the road toll on, they’d have enough time and man power to look for their own weed.

    • Ed209nz

      That’s right, zero tolerance for the plod. Same here will never willingly assist, 555 or be able to be of any assistance. To busy keeping an eye on my speedo.

  • Hard1

    NZ is fairly hardline regarding this fairly harmless recreational drug.

    • HSV325

      When we used to smoke weed when teenagers back in the early 80’s it was grown ala natural without hydroponics and weapons grade fertilisers etc. These days you just don’t know what’s in it.

      • I.M Bach

        That’s dead right and one of the reasons I would support decriminalising it. Grow your own if you want to smoke it, no risk of a laced product….

  • Nige.

    I think today the drugies looking for a high have moved on to other things. Let’s face it, there are more drugs out there on offer than ever before. Dope it seems has become less of a high nowadays and more of a tool for people looking for pain and stress relief. Its backwards for the police to be putting their energy into THIS particular drug.

    • I.M Bach

      I’m not sure that much has changed over the years really. Back in the 70’s there were heaps of different drugs on offer including speed, which is just like P (I’m told), there was pot, acid, smack. The only really new one I can think of is E, but then I’m no expert.

  • D.Dave

    I have found quite a number of plots over the years. Some were small, others rather large. I never used to worry too much, but I always put a few handfuls of Tordon prills into any fertilizer bags I found near by. The more they fertilised, the sicker the crop got. If it was too publicly grown I would call the local boys in blue.

  • Hard1

    Drugs are terrible in small doses…Journalist reports.

  • ozbob68

    Damn, hard1 you beat me to it. Here’s Marae Witness News from the 80s

    • Hard1

      Quote of the week…”Mr Miller urged people to call anonymously and leave information on the Crimestoppers phone line that would lead officers to cannabis plots they would otherwise never find.

      “It seems more and more people are sick of this drug and the problems it causes in our communities and are prepared to let us know about it.”

      I think it is highly likely that “more and more people” would rather police would forget about Marijuana and concentrate “more and more” on burglaries and theft.

      • ozbob68

        I remember when there was a Scout Jamboree in the North Island in the 90s. Eagle-eyed Scouts (scuse the pun) caused seizures of cannabis plots to triple that month.

  • cows4me

    I have another mad mate that has been busted several times for growing dope. several years ago the cops did a raid, much disappointment and sadness, no dope. The local court house had a good croup that year. Always put things in plain sight is the lesson.
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