Dutch Police Distribute Scratch and Sniff Marijuana Cards

Dutch pot dealers beware! Thought your neighbour couldn’t tell the difference between pine and pot? Not anymore. Authorities are handing out marijuana scratch and sniff cards to an estimated 15,000 homes in Rotterdam and The Hague, the Telegraaf, a Dutch daily newspaper, reports.

The point of the cards is to help residents detect the drug’s smell, allowing them to notify authorities if they suspect neighbours of growing more than the amount tolerated by police (five plants per household for personal use).

Growing marijuana and purchasing it outside of the designated zones (coffee shops) is illegal in the Netherlands, and Dutch officials estimate that there are about 40,000 marijuana grow-ops inside of homes and buildings across the country.

The cards are 20 centimetres by 10 centimetres and release a marijuana-like scent when scratched. Also included on the cards is information on what to watch out for and who to call if a cannabis plantation has been discovered.

Other signs your neighbour might be a pot dealer, according to police:

1. Closed curtains

2. Strange electrical connections

3. Buzzing ventilators

– Article from The National Post.