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The latest National Policing Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Problem Profile, published in 2012, includes statistics on the identification of cannabis farms across the UK. The main finding of the report is that there was a significant rise in the identification of cannabis farms in 2011/12, from 6866 in 2009/10, to 7660 cannabis farms in 2010/11 and 7865 cannabis farms in 2011/12. The document can be found at:

The Government works closely with the police to support the policing of illegal cannabis cultivation. The police response to tackle commercial cannabis cultivation includes proactive operations to identify and close down these farms and disrupt the organised crime groups behind them. The police also work to improve their knowledge and understanding of the trade through activity-led intelligence gathering.

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