Finland: Domestic cultivation of cannabis on rise

The number of drug offences detected by Finnish police and Customs officials rose last year by 7.5 percent, according to a report published by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday. Last year authorities recorded 23,478 controlled substance crimes.

The number of usage offences primarily rose due to the proliferation of home cultivation of cannabis. NBI investigator Jari Leskinen described the increase in home-growing of marijuana in recent years as “explosive”. The practice is mostly small-scale, but is taking on increasingly professional characteristics, the report says. Every year a number of moderately large grow sites with hundreds of plants are discovered.

Leskinen notes that the internet is playing a decisive role in the increasing incidence of home cultivation. Cannabis seeds can easily be ordered online and while growing instructions are also readily available, he points out.

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