Clue No. 1: Is the house always in darkness?
Is your neighbour a polite gardener? Have they recently purchased plywood? Does their home or garden smell like sweet tomatoes? According to the U.K.-based Northamptonshire Telegraph, these might be clues you have a “cannabis factory next door.”
In June 2019 piece written by journalist Kate Cronin, cannabis operations can pop up anywhere, even in locations such as “a bingo hall, a curry house, industrial units and normal family homes.” As the piece notes, they are discovered mainly “thanks to community intelligence.”
So what should you be looking for? A few tip-offs, according to the Telegraph, include:
- A house that is “always in darkness,” or where “curtains remain shut all day, windows remain closed and may be taped-up to stop people from seeing in.”
- The smell: “Its [sic] going to stink. Especially in the last couple of weeks before harvest. If you don’t know what cannabis smells like, its [sic] quite sweet and a bit like tomato plants on a hot day,” the publication advises.
- Are there “strange deliveries” such as plywood arriving at the home next door? If you thought that was for a home reno, think again. Plywood may be used in gardening and building, but it is also used “to separate different growing rooms.” Ominous!
- Over-the-top security is also a dead giveaway. Illicit cannabis grows often have “reinforced doors, strong locks, and fences and gates built where there were none previously to stop intruders.”
- A very active gardener in residence: “Most cannabis factories have a live-in gardener who will tend to the crop … he’ll likely be polite.”
- “Unusual” garbage-day action: “excess soil” or “empty bottles of plant food” may be an indicator the house is growing the devil’s lettuce.
Your own low energy bills: “Cannabis farms are HOT,” the publication notes. “If you’re living next-door and the walls are thin, you may feel the benefit of next doors [sic] grow house.”
The takeaway, readers, is that if your neighbour is engaging in some or all of these activities or behaviours, they could be running a cannabis factory. Or maybe they are just retirees. Who’s to say?
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