A total of 90 cannabis plants, with a street value of between Â£20,000 and Â£30,000, were seized from the property […]
Ian Hodge, who lives in Berryfield Road, Cottingham, saw officers loading the cannabis plants into a police van.
He said: â€œEveryone in the village is talking about the raid and some people are really stunned. Iâ€™m not surprised a cannabis factory has been found in Cottingham because, with all the activity to shut down drugs houses in Corby, the problem is likely to move outside the town.
I really find the word “factory” to be bizarre when referring to growing some marijuana plants. It’s a garden. Even if it’s indoors, it’s not a “factory.” Do UK residents actually say “cannabis factory”? Or is the reporter putting words in his mouth.
Here’s the real fun stuff:
Police are warning that when cannabis plants reach the final stages of maturity the odour they release has carcinogenic properties.
Officers who deal with the plants use ventilation masks and protective suits and people who have plants in their home, especially anyone with young children, may be exposing their family to a health risk.
Wow! Just completely making things up now.
It’s so outrageous that the police inspector interviewed in the article actually wrote in the comments section that he said nothing of the sort and he had no idea where the reporter got the idea.
Interestingly, no reporter’s name is given with the article.
Thanks to Daksya in comments…
Check out this delightful follow-up by Ben Goldacre — really nice job by Ben at digging into this story and finding the faults from both the police and the press. Be sure to read the comments there — that’s where the real action takes place.
And thanks to Jake for letting me know that the word “factory” is commonly used in the UK to refer to grow-ops.