Yield of illicit indoor cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands

M.A.J. Toonen, S.A. Ribot, J.T.N.M. Thissen

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    Abstract

    To obtain a reliable estimation on the yield of illicit indoor cannabis cultivation in The Netherlands, cannabis plants confiscated by the police were used to determine the yield of dried female flower buds. The developmental stage of flower buds of the seized plants was described on a scale from 1 to 10 where the value of 10 indicates a fully developed flower bud ready for harvesting. Using eight additional characteristics describing the grow room and cultivation parameters, regression analysis with subset selection was carried out to develop two models for the yield of indoor cannabis cultivation. The median Dutch illicit grow room consists of 259 cannabis plants, has a plant density of 15 plants/m2, and 510 W of growth lamps per m2. For the median Dutch grow room, the predicted yield of female flower buds at the harvestable developmental stage (stage 10) was 33.7 g/plant or 505 g/m2
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1050-1054
    JournalJournal of Forensic sciences
    Volume51
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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