Increase in demand is leading to boom in the cultivation of cannabis

Anomalies in Ireland’s drug laws and the huge demand for cannabis have led to a boom in the cultivation of the drug. In 2004, during the Celtic Tiger, only 36 people were prosecuted for growing cannabis. Last year there were 582 prosecutions, most small-time operations but included several dozen industrial-scale foreign-run operations. Surveys have found that 18 per cent of Irish teens have used cannabis, placing above the 17 per cent European average. Six per cent of Irish teenagers have admitted to using drugs other than cannabis at some point in their lives. Meanwhile, a man in his early 30s was arrested last night after a cannabis plantation was found in Co Galway. The Galway Divisional Drug Unit, with the Garda National Drug Unit, searched a house in Cummer, near Tuam, at around 5pm. Officers found cannabis plants with a potential street value of approximately €280,000.

via : Independent

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