Training Neighborhood Narcs


Police and anti-crime group Crimestoppers are distributing cannabis “scratch and sniff” cards in Britain:

The cards, which replicate the distinct smell of growing marijuana, will be mailed to homes in 13 areas throughout the country, in the hope that they will help people to identify cannabis factories in their communities.

Alex Moore sighs:

The weird thing is that they got this idea from the Netherlands, where the cards seemed to have actually worked despite weed consumption being legal—and you’d think widely familiar—there. (Growing pot is still illegal there.) After sending out 30,000 cops in the Netherlands were able to bust “hundreds” of cannabis production facilities, according to Time. Good job, Europeans—you just created more work for Mexican drug cartels.

(Image, via NPR, from Crimestoppers)