11 Aug 2009

Fiji police disappointed message on cannibas not getting through

9:37 pm on 11 August 2009

The police in Fiji say as the force continues to crack down on marijuana use, it's disappointing to see some communities have not taken note of it's drug education programmes.

Fiji police have made a number of drug confiscations recently, with seizures of more than 500 cannibas plants from different farms in Fiji's outlying islands.

Police spokesman Sergeant Atunaisa Sokomuri says police know that farmers harvest their drugs to coincide with special festivals throught the year and around Christmas and New Years festivities.

But he says it's disheartening to see that the police efforts of community education has been falling on deaf ears.

"Earlier in the year we had did several awareness throughout the region we have our special teams listing the main areas where they grow marijuana, letting people know the dangers of these drugs but after two months, we now see that people are still planting marijuana in these areas."

Fiji police spokesman Sergeant Atunaisa Sokomuri.