Dutch cops use people to sniff out pot
The Hague - Dutch police have come up with a crime-fighting idea not to be sniffed at: they are are asking citizens to use their noses to help track down illicit cannabis plantations.
In order to help people recognise the smell of cannabis plants, police and municipalities in Rotterdam and The Hague this week distributed 30 000 "scratch-and-sniff" cards which give off the same odour as the plants.
The card says: "From now on, you'll be able to smell the possible danger of an illegal cannabis crop in your neighbourhood."
It also advises citizens to call the police if they think they may have sniffed out a plantation.
The Netherlands tolerates the possession and use of small amounts of cannabis, as well as growing up to five plants for personal use.