British police have mailed out “scratch and sniff” cards to homes throughout England, imploring vigilant civilians to join their ongoing hunt for illicit weed growers.
Apparently, merely describing the telltale signs of weed cultivation, such as “a strong and sickly sweet smell; visitors at unsociable hours; strong and constant lighting day and night and lots of cables” just wasn’t doing the trick. Sometimes it takes some heady olfactory stimuli to trigger that “a-ha” moment.
Goodness gracious, and all this time I thought Mr. Davies was having guests over for tea and skunk pies by moonlight! This explains everything!
Weed production in England increased by 15% in 2011-2012, which crime authorities claim have caused a spike in theft, violence, and electrical fires.
U.K. Crimestoppers advises card recipients not to be fooled by that impeccably accurate aroma:
“There is absolutely no trace of Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the principal psychoactive element of the cannabis plant, on the scratch and sniff cards.”