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Pot farming 'booming' as moonshining declines

Pot farming 'booming' as moonshining declines

Published: 07 Jun 2012 08:52 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Jun 2012 08:52 GMT+02:00

A continuing boom in home-grown marijuana has made Sweden nearly "self-sufficient" in terms of the country's cannabis supply, while the popularity of home-brewed booze has declined sharply.

"A few years ago, we've found a few plants in closets and stuff like that, but now it's not unusual for people to erect growing tents with hundreds of plants," Jonas Wendel of the Stockholm police's narcotics unit told the Metro newspaper.

According to police, easy access to growing equipment – which can be acquired legally and is increasingly sophisticated – has helped fuel the trend of home-grown weed in Sweden.

Nor is possession of the seeds from which cannabis plants grow considered a crime in Sweden, although a shop owner who sells the seeds could be charged with being an accessory to narcotics crimes.

Rather, it is only when marijuana plants emerge from the ground that they are considered a drug, according to Metro.

Wendel estimates that most of the marijuana smoked in Sweden is also grown in the country. Hashish, on the other hand, is most often smuggled in from abroad.

And as pot farming increases in popularity in Sweden, it appears that home-brewing of alcohol has lost its appeal.

"In the beginning of the 2000s home distilleries accounted for 3 percent of alcohol consumption in the country, while it now accounts for 1 percent," Björn Trolldal of the substance abuse prevision group Stockholm Prevents Alcohol and Drug Problems (STAD) told Metro.

According to statistics from Sweden's National Council on Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet - Brå), the number of crimes related to home distillation has declined from 936 in 2000 to only 182 in 2011.

At the same time, the number of crimes related to the growing or manufacturing of illegal drugs has risen from 148 in 2000 to 655 in 2011.

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09:25 June 7, 2012 by bronc
Legalized, regulate and tax it. Don't do the whole "war on drugs" crap that the US did.
09:33 June 7, 2012 by robban70226
@bronc

100% agreed
10:06 June 7, 2012 by jesseblu
Hear Hear @bronc
12:13 June 7, 2012 by adshasta
It's commonsense!
13:17 June 7, 2012 by Svensksmith
Why should the criminal element profit off the sales of pot when the politicians could.....oh.
14:42 June 7, 2012 by philster61
Whereabouts exactly?
22:46 June 7, 2012 by Smokebox
Puff puff pass......
00:14 June 8, 2012 by Grokh
less home abuse but more brainless people with cancer.... who cares
07:51 June 8, 2012 by cmbsweden
Comment #1 - Spot on.
11:40 June 8, 2012 by nolikegohome
decriminalize it. end of story.
12:39 June 8, 2012 by ?????
@#8

Cancer? Really? Could we see the scientific facts of that claim please?
12:49 June 8, 2012 by smilingjack
if its like oz folks the gov gets a heap of $$$$ from alcohol tax and so will stomp out the gunga industry. 10 years ago people were still jailed for being gay but thanks to a bunch of brave people the rules have been changed - even if slowly. same with gunga. be loud and be proud. clog the courts up and dont pay fines. demand change and be loud about it.

previous comment - yeah where is it all?
15:32 June 8, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
I have yet to find a weed connection in Sverige! Where is all this homegrown at?! Pass it over to me! :)
21:16 June 9, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#11: any incomplete combustion of organic compounds (pot being no exception) produces nasty stuff like benzene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons I.E. known carcinogens. Check your high school chemistry textbooks.
07:18 June 12, 2012 by Marc the Texan
Agree with legalize, tax, regulate. That goes for all drugs in my book. All of them.
11:36 June 12, 2012 by Onetime
With the new autoblooming plants, anybody can grow their own. 8 weeks, seed to weed, nothing fancy needed. Auto flower dot net is a great place for learning about miniature plants that start to bloom after just a few weeks without special lighting, etc. So, Spuds, no need to be a part of the problem when you can grow your own, indoors or outdoors. Grokh, "brainless people with cancer", really? Research shows the exact opposite, so spend more time reading and less time spewing what the man has been feeding you. I'm a college-educated, hard-working, taxing-paying husband and father who does what he likes on his own time. Perhaps you think taking the boat to Finland on the weekends is a more respectable pursuit of happiness? I'm sure they've taught you that too.
18:47 June 12, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#16: "Research shows the exact opposite"

So smoking pot stimulates the growth of brain cells and prevents lung cancer?

I'd _really_ like to see some facts to back that up.
12:23 June 13, 2012 by ?????
@Tarc

Since you asked:

Incoplete combustion of organic compounds? Like cooking food?

OK, I'll try to be serious! :) First, you can eat that thing, you don't have to smoke it.

And second, here's a research published in Nature:

http://www.nature.com/nrc/journal/v3/n10/abs/nrc1188.html

Canabis having anti-cancer properties? Oh, oh, thank God, authorities don't need scientific back-up in order to protect us....
13:16 June 13, 2012 by Onetime
Thanks #18 for chiming in on that one. Eating and vaporizing are two very good ways to avoid smoking and still enjoy the good stuff. Tarc, try not to be so closed minded. Of course there's some truth in the classic stupid stoner syndrome, but just because you smoke doesn't necessarily mean you'll get stupid. Wikipedia has plenty of links to articles on cannabis research. There are more, but here's a link to a summary of the Canadian Medical Association's study that shows use (not abuse) may actually make you smarter... http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/2488.html

... and here's a link from the National Cancer Institute that shows a correlation between cannabis use and tumor development (or lack thereof) in lab animals. Now, I hope you don't squeal that one or two articles don't prove my point. There are always studies showing the opposite of what other studies suggest. Perhaps this last link is the one you and Grokh should really read since I think it is the closest to the truth without too much propaganda. Peace...

http://www.perkel.com/politics/issues/pot.htm
18:15 June 13, 2012 by Nvd
A friend with WEED is a friend INDEED.
19:09 June 13, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#18: "Like cooking food?"

Indeed.

"Canabis having anti-cancer properties?"

In cell cultures and lab animals, yes.

#19: quoted from your first link "Current marijuana use had a negative effect on global IQ score"

Your second link isn't from the National Cancer Institute.
14:23 June 15, 2012 by Onetime
Wow, Texan. You're stubborn as a mule, aren't you? Well, yes, the anti-cancer properties were observed in lab animals. Duh. That's where practically all research is conducted before testing on humans is conducted. And since we're apparently being picky, here's a snippet I picked from my first link to match yours... "The light tokers had an average IQ increase of five points, more than the non-tokers."

Next, you're correct, my second link wasn't from NCI, but from an article about a study done by NCI. Here's the NCI link... http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/patient

Happy reading. No matter how you twist it, light is shining on the benefits of cannabis. Little by little, those of us who would like the freedom to choose are winning. That's all I ask, the freedom to choose my poison. Some like candy, some like coffee, some like whiskey and too much of anything is almost certainly a bad thing. One of the guys at work drinks so much soda just watching him makes me sick. What's your poison?
18:56 June 15, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#22: relying on facts counts as being "stubborn as a mule" in your world? Okay then.

Possible anti-cancer properties in lab animals do not equal an effective, openly marketed FDA approved treatment for cancer. I suggest you don't hold your breath waiting.

Did you actually read the research article mentioned in your first link?

First of all, a test group of 70 subjects is way too small to actually produce a statistically reliable result. Secondly, the increase in IQ was only observed in those who smoked less than 5 joints per week which is a ridiculously small amount.

Quoted from your NCI link: "there is no evidence that Cannabis' effects on the immune system help the body fight cancer"

"At this time, there is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest Cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy"

"Cannabis is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a cancer treatment "

The specific nature of my poison is doesn't matter, however I assure you it doesn't impair my ability to operate a motor vehicle.

( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21976636 )
21:11 June 15, 2012 by froshea
The dangers of alcohol abuse are clear. This stuff is safer by a signmificant margin.

leap.cc
00:54 June 16, 2012 by messo
@Tarc: Cannabisoil healed one in my family from terminal cancer (stage 4, with a few months to live). Research has shown how the cannabinoids have a modulating influence on each other (especially TCH and CBD), that increases the cancer killing properties. It's kind og hard to convincie me that cannabis is not killing cancer when I have seen its obvious and fast-acting effects in action :)

Btw; that part of my family lives in Holland and get legal, medical-grade cannabis from the doctor. He speaks warmly about the medicine from excperience from other patients.

The bad things assosiated with cannabis is largely a consequence of its illegality and not the pharmacology of the plant itself. Sweden have a higher rate of problematic users of cannabis (and other drugs) than the Netherlands - maybe we have someting to learn from them?
20:08 June 16, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#25: I saw a flying pig once. Your unverifiable personal anecdotes count for nothing in this discussion.

Yes, some lab tests have shown THC to have some effect on cancer cells but pot is still far from being useful as a panacea for cancer.
13:48 June 18, 2012 by Onetime
Not sure if I want to continue arguing with someone who is convinced the FDA is worth waiting on, so here are my final comments. First, 70 subjects is a more than sufficient number to allow for a statistically reliable result. Sample sizes smaller than 30 can be used when adjusted for statistical variance. Second, yes, I read the article. Whereas I picked out the positive to corroborate my statement, you dragged out the negative to support your filibustering. Congratulations. I believe we should look where we haven't looked before. You believe we should wait on the FDA to enlighten us. Fine, whatever. Third, five joints a week is not a ridiculously small amount (very close to my speed actually) and how would you know anyway? Lastly, there's no need to assure me your poison of preference doesn't impair your ability to drive. I'm guessing you're quite the straight-laced, ex-cop, churchy type republican. Sounds like a fun-filled life, so I will leave you too it. Be sure and bash away at me now since it's your turn, but I won't be here to read it. Later tater.
18:56 June 18, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#27: I won't even bother to debunk your pitiful arguments, because what's the point in debating against someone who resorts to pathetic ad hominem remarks.

I hope you die of AIDS, you useless junkie.
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