Dutch Police Confiscated Cannabis, Left Fir Plants for Growers to Find

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On Saturday, July 22, 2017, the Dutch Police were tipped by a hiker who found a makeshift plastic greenhouse containing five cannabis plants in the forest near the small town of Epe in the province of Gelderland.

greenhouse in the forest

According to the Epe Police Department, the concerned hiker initially paid little attention until noticing the tent was partially hidden by branches and leaves. When the curious hiker came closer, he saw five cannabis plants and called the police. On Facebook, the police published their ingenious tactics to eradicate the forbidden plants:

In the night of Saturday, July 22, 2017 on Sunday, July 23, 2017, we examined the situation and saw that five big cannabis plants in the tent. As there was no owner of the tent, we decided to destroy the plants on the spot, giving them back to nature. This prompted us to return something to the owner of the DIY-growing tent. In order not to completely disappoint the unknown cannabis grower, we have refilled the flower pots. The grower will not get rich, but a forest is a place for fir trees. With the five hemp plants in hand and a smile on our face we left the forest. Unfortunately, we will never know how this inventive hemp growers will respond when seeing their own grown fir-cannabis. The grow will be cleaned up by the municipality.”

cannabis plants forest

In the Netherlands, the cultivation of five plants is tolerated so long as the grow is not conducted under artificial light; the plants must be grown on private property but cannot be visible to the public. Cannabis cultivators must also ensure that neighbors do not feel disturbed by the smell or the sight of the plants. If the police receive a complaint about 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 cannabis plants, the offending plants will likely be seized without criminal prosecution of the owner.

In this case, the humor of the police did not win many laughs on social media. Instead of laughing at bad jokes at the expense of self-suppliers (“Five plants won’t make you rich!”), many readers demanded the long overdue legalization of cannabis in the Netherlands.

Photos courtesy of Politie Epe

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Michael Knodt is an expert on cannabis politics and cannabis culture across Europe. Born in North Germany, Michael has been living in Berlin since 1990. He initially studied history and journalism before receiving his certification as a carpenter. Since then, Michael has made regular visits to countries where cannabis is cultivated, such as Jamaica and Morocco. He has worked as a freelancer for Weedmaps, Vice Magazine Germany, Sensi Seeds and numerous German-language cannabis magazines since 2004. From 2005 to 2013, Michael was the Editor-in-Chief of Germanys biggest cannabis periodical. He also is the face and presenter of the most popular program on cannabis prohibition and just launched a new channel called "DerMicha." Aside from his journalistic work, Michael is a cannabis patient, activist, sought-after speaker on conferences and congresses, and a father of two.

3 Comments

  1. Dutch cops are no funnier than american cops. I liked the polite note the British cops left for a grower there. ” Missed you this time, talk to you later. Or words to that effect. Now they have a sense of humor.

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