28 February 2010

Cannabis Raids In The North East


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A fascinating and impressive effort by someone called Colin George (I think he's a journalist for a local newspaper).

One of the things that it says to me is that there is a massive decentralisation of this particular crime and profits from this particular crime: unless of course, a substantial amount of these properties are coordinated by particular groups.

It supports (for me) the thesis that, as technology becomes more available to the average Joe (in this case sophisticated hydroponic systems), crime will decentralise.

Contrast the above with "Two arrested after Peruvian cactus seized in Newcastle" which explains that the men were trying to (or did?) produce mescaline from the cactus. If they had the capability of making mescaline by chemical synthesis, no doubt they would have done so.

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