Calgary Police Log 58% Drop In Illegal Marijuana Grow Op Offences

CANADA:  Calgary has seen dramatic drop in arrests, charges and search warrants related to illegal marijuana grow ops since 2009, but legal weed operations are posing a growing challenge for local law enforcement.

Offences connected to illegal grow ops plunged 58 per cent, according to police data provided to Metro, but while those numbers have declined the number of people growing legally is on the rise, according to Alberta’s Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)’s Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT).

“Many of the same people that previously we had arrested for illegal grow operations, now suddenly have medical marijuana permits,” said CPS Staff Sgt. Keith Hurley, who oversees ALERT’s Green Team, which monitors illegal drug production.