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About 100 bags of cannabis waste dumped in Irish town

Nov 11, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Taxpayers expected to foot the bill after county workers remove trash from area

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Taxpayers of an Irish community will likely be left footing the bill after someone dumped more than 100 bags of waste from an illegal cannabis grow under the cloak of darkness earlier this month.

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According to The Independent, it’s believed the illegal disposal took place at about 10 p.m. on Nov. 5 in Haggardstown when no one was around.

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Citizens, though, awoke to the numerous black garbage bags that had been left on the roadside, Shane McGuinness, chairperson of Haggardstown Tidy Towns reportedly told the publication.

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The following Monday, workers from Louth County Council came in to collect the trash and clear the area, the cost of which is expected to be borne by taxpayers.

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Recreational cannabis is illegal in Ireland. That includes possessing, cultivating, importing, exporting, producing and supplying the plant, according to Garda Síochána, the Republic of Ireland’s National Police and Security Service.

Cultivation of cannabis “can result in a fine or a prison sentence of up to 12 months on summary conviction, and up to 14 years if convicted on indictment,” adds information from The Cannigma.

McGuinness noted that the trash had been dumped near a commercial area.

Tidy Towns volunteers have had great success with clearing litter in general, with McGuinness reporting about 80 per cent of the 90 kilometres of roads the group service is litter-free. He suggests very tough fines for violators is the way to go.

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In early 2021 in the U.K., representatives of the Ashton Moss Nature Reserve reported being sick of trash, including the remnants of a cannabis growing operation, that had been heaped onto the associated trails. Pointing out that the group would welcome any donations to help clean up the popular walking areas, representatives said there had been three incidents of fly tipping (disposing of waste illegally) over just a weeklong period.

Also in early 2021, a spokesperson for Suffolk Police confirmed to Beccles & Bungay Journal that the department had received two reports of dumped cannabis on a trail on private land in the area.

Forest rangers in the Netherlands were also left to clean up cannabis-related waste at a nature reserve last month, according to Dutch News. “It costs a ton of money to clean up this mess,” noted an official with the Dutch Society for Nature Conservation.

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In California, the Department of Fish & Wildlife reported this fall that a new multi-agency, cross-jurisdictional task force of enforcement agencies has been created to better co-ordinate agencies combating illegal cannabis operations and transnational criminal organizations.

“California has an abundance of public lands set aside for conservation, recreational use and the enjoyment of the people of this state,” said CDFW Director Charlton Bonham.

“Unfortunately, criminal organizations are impacting these areas by exploiting some of our most pristine public lands and wildlife habitats as grow sites for cannabis,” Bonham added.

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