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Seized Cannabis Plants Since 2012

Question

The total monthly number of cannabis or marijuana farms (locations of production) discovered by the force for each of the past 5 calendar years including 2016.

Please provide an estimate of the number of plants discovered and confiscated in each location and the address of the farm where known.

Answer

Please see the requested information in the attached file.

Aside from any specific locations that may have been disclosed and paced into the public domain by the constabulary for example, by way of press release, I am unable to provide you with the specific addresses as you have requested as this information constitutes personal information. The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.

FOI reference: 390/17.

Date of request: 17.03.17.

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