Three men from Great Britain have been arrested after raiding a local, legally licensed industrial hemp farm thinking they were snatching pounds of free pot. The three were arrested after a Facebook post detailed the location of a field packed full of wild-growing cannabis – only it wasn’t.
A “large number” of trespassers descended on the West Sussex hemp field after the erroneous post, which led people to believe the hills were alive with sweet, sticky buds.
Police found various forms of marijuana-related paraphernalia at the farm, where many of the intruders had attempted to smoke parts of the plant. Two sacks stuffed with the hemp were also found.
They can smoke it all they like, they won’t get high. If they go down to Brighton or Portsmouth and try to sell it, they’re going to get duffed up.
Nathaniel Loxley, the farmer, believes that he has lost five per cent – equivalent to £8,000 – of his crop to people looking to score a free sack. Loxley, who owns the Hop and Hemp Trading Company, grows the hemp legally under a Home Office licence to make organic tea.
Landowners John Longhurst, 84, and Keith Langmead said the field was planted in March this year after a government licence was granted to grow hemp.
Langmead told the West Sussex County Times: “It was growing quite nicely. We didn’t have any trouble until the weekend when somebody put it on Facebook. We are getting 15-20 kids a day coming in.”
“They can smoke it all they like, they won’t get high. If they go down to Brighton or Portsmouth and try to sell it, they’re going to get duffed up.”