Homegrowing Confounds Police

5.12.2012
Words by Paul Fontaine
The new ways in which marijuana is being homegrown are making it more difficult for police to find it, the head of the police drug unit says.

Scarcely ten years ago, the majority of cannabis products available in Iceland was imported hashish. Now, marijuana is being homegrown in Iceland at ever-increasing volumes, Vísir reports. Between 2007 and 2011, half a tonne of marijuana had been seized by police.

Karl Steinar Valsson, the supervisor of the capital area police drug unit, says that not only is homegrowing on the rise - marijuana is being grown in more numerous but smaller batches. This, he says, is making it increasingly difficult for the police to be able to track down and confiscate it. He adds furthermore that higher-ups in the drug world are helping small growers set up homegrowing operations.

Karl says there was a "revolution" in homegrowing in Iceland 2008, and that "Importing [cannabis products] almost never happens now. In 2008, more than 200 kilos of hashish were confiscated in one go, but it's not like that anymore. It's now moved over to grass, which is all more or less grown in Iceland."

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