Russia on 'near miss': Swedes high on pot

Russia's ambassador in Copenhagen says the Swedish authorities should lay off the weed, while adding that Danish and Swedish officials are on "a very dangerous path".

Russia's ambassador to Denmark on Wednesday made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis.


"The Swedish authorities also recently said there was a submarine in their waters. There wasn't," Mikhail Vanin, Russia's ambassador in Copenhagen, told the Berlingske daily.



Cannabis farms on the rise in southern Sweden

Around 20 cannabis farms have been discovered in the Soderasen region of southern Sweden over the past 12 months, with youth workers claiming that the area was is now “self-sufficient”.

In the Soderasen area, in northwest Skane, almost every small town has a cannabis farm, in what local youth workers are referring to as a new trend.

Mathias Loow, from the youth and drugs group in Soderasen, said that he would guess the area was now self-sufficient in cannabis. He revealed that many growers do so for personal use but others do it to sell it. He went on to say that, due to the fact it was a remote area, it was much easier to evade the authorities.


Sweden's south in cannabis farm boom

Some 20 cannabis farms have been discovered around the Söderåsen area of southern Sweden in the past year, with youth workers warning that the area has become 'self-sufficient'.


In almost every small town around Söderåsen, a area of natural beauty in northwest Skåne, there are cannabis plantations signifying a new trend according to local youth workers.


"I would guess that Söderåsen is self-sufficient in cannabis now," said Mathias Lööw at Söderåsens youth and drugs group to the Helsingborgs Dagblad daily.


Lööw explained that while many grow the drug, which is illegal in all quantities in Sweden, for personal use there are others who cultivate the weed for commercial purposes.



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