4 Sep 2009

Industrial hemp research crop mown by police

3:01 pm on 4 September 2009

Dutch police who mowed what they thought were illicit marijuana plants, found they had ruined a research group's officially sanctioned field of industrial hemp.

Police announced they'd found more than 47,000 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of nearly 4.5 million euros, concealed in a corn field east of Amsterdam.

Half the plants were mowed before the police were informed they were the property of Wageningen University and Research Centre, a respected agricultural school.

The field contained a new strain of hemp that researchers hope can be a sustainable source of fibre.