Cannabis plants being cultivated
Side Effects of Cannabis
'Side Effects' was created by Merseyside Police to make people
more aware of the consequences of cannabis farming. It highlights
the sinister side effects of cannabis farming which include
attracting gun crime, violence, money laundering - not to mention
the fact that they are death traps.
Side effects highlights key signs people should look out for to
help them spot the signs of cannabis being grown in their area and
encourages anyone with information to contact police or
Crimestoppers to tell them what they know.
The campaign was launched in March 2012 by transforming a
shop in Liverpool city centre into a mock cannabis farm as
a kick-start to a month-long campaign of action for
the North West region.
Side Effects is aimed at schools, young people and communities
who may be living in areas affected by cannabis farming. It also
targets landlords, who may be unaware their properties are being
used to grow cannabis; DIY retailers who may be selling equipment
to be used to grow it and courier companies who may be delivering
equipment bought by criminals for cannabis cultivation. By helping
them spot the signs that cannabis is being grown and the typical
equipment that is used, they can become our eyes and ears to ensure
those involved in the cultivation of cannabis are brought to
Throughout the campaign, we are using a number of different
channels to spread the word. This includes social and digital
media, community engagement, direct mail and video.
Our Cannabis microsite can be found here.
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