Cannabis cultivation in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania has expanded greatly in the last three years. This increase is primarily attributed to the Dutch crackdown on pot gardens initiated in 2011.
According to official figures released by the Mecklenburg office for criminal investigation, local police have raided approximately 50 marijuana grow-ops since 2011. Prior to 2011, police discovered roughly two a year.
Authorities emphasized there are likely many more undetected Mecklenburg marijuana gardens, as long stretches of uninhabited land in the sparsely populated state have been utilized by growers driven to the east by the Netherlands' anti-pot campaign.
The isolated locale allows cultivators to produce thousands of plants at a time, reportedly yielding four to six harvests – and millions of Euros – annually.