The other green belt

UK authorities are taking a more relaxed attitude to cannabis growers
The Economist (UK)
Saturday, October 10, 2015

It takes a lot for marijuana growers in the UK to attract police attention. Four forces – Derbyshire, Dorset, Durham and Surrey – declared that they would henceforth respond only to tip-offs and “blatant” weed use. Many other forces have also scaled things down, albeit quietly. The police budget has been cut by 25% in the past five years, and constables haven’t the time to go looking for those with a couple of plants at home. Many forces have long been sceptical about the value of prosecuting low-level drug offenders.