A man has been arrested in connection with the production of a cannabis farm at a house in Tower Hamlets.
Police officers forced their way into a house after smelling cannabis emanating from an address in Digby Street, Bethnal Green.
A total of 12 cannabis plants and an assortment of drug-related paraphernalia were found and removed from the property.
Electricians were asked to attend to refit the electrical supply as officers had found that it had been tampered with, a common sign of cannabis cultivation.
A 56-year-old man, who initially refused to open the door to the officers, was arrested on suspicion of the production of cannabis, along with abstracting electricity.
PC Robert Ferguson, Dedicated Ward Officer for Tower Hamlets said: “This arrest should send a clear signal to anyone thinking of cultivating cannabis plants to think again.
“Drug production and dealing will not be tolerated in Tower Hamlets.”
On October 12, Paul Flynn, Newport West MP and Labour Party politician, addressed the Houses of Parliament to discuss the decriminalisation of cannabis in England and Wales.
The debate came after more than 200,000 people signed a petition which claims that legalising cannabis could bring in £900 million in taxes every year and generate over 10,000 new jobs.
They join the Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol political party, who say the substance is not only safer than consuming alcohol but had “many uses” before being made illegal in 1925.
The Minister for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice, Mike Penning, said he was not “convinced” that cannabis is less dangerous for certain people.
He said: “[If] we were to start alcohol and tobacco policy again from today, of course we would not be where we are now.
“Where cannabis can be helpful through pharmaceuticals, we will try to make sure that that happens.
“I am committed to looking at the research and at what work we should be doing.
“This debate has been enormously useful, but I cannot support the petition.”