The National Cannabis and Crime Operation runs for several months, according to police, and also includes search warrants and targeted enforcement relating to other drugs, organised crime and proceeds of crime.
Northland was the top spot for confiscations, with 16,307 cannabis plants found, the data shows. The region has been highlighted as an illicit drug hotspot in New Zealand, with a recent Massey University survey revealing that 65 percent of respondents said they could obtain methamphetamine easily.
In second place was the North Island’s eastern region, where 10,859 plants were confiscated. This was followed by the Tasman District at the top of the South Island, where 7700 cannabis plants were discovered.
The Waikato region had the fourth-highest amount of cannabis plants confiscated, where 7361 were found, followed by the Bay of Plenty where 5904 plants were confiscated. Auckland had 2651 plants confiscated.
The 2018 National Cannabis and Crime Operation undertaken by New Zealand Police recovered over 50,000 cannabis plants. ../… A July survey by the New Zealand Drug Foundation revealed growing support for cannabis law reform in New Zealand, with two thirds of respondents saying the drug should be either legalised or decriminalised for personal possession.
Family First New Zealand National Director Bob McCoskrie says it would be a bad idea for New Zealand to legalise cannabis, saying regulation is failing in the nine US states that have legalised it so far.