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Cops destroy Europe’s largest cannabis plantation worth $108m in Spain

Europe’s largest cannabis plantation, spanning 166 acres, has been destroyed by Spanish authorities, police said on Wednesday.

After a massive seizure of more than 1,000 taxidermied animals worth $31.5 million a few days ago, Spanish police are back in action. It damaged around 415,000 hemp plants.

The plantation appears to have been worth 100 million euros ($108 million), according to a Reuters report.

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In addition, around 50 tons of plants were also dried to produce cannabidiol (CBD). It is a compound, which is not psychoactive and is used to treat insomnia, anxiety and other ailments. It was created in a warehouse.

In a statement, the Guardia Civil said the plantation was spread over 11 fields in rural northern Navarre. It occupied a combined area of ​​67 hectares (166 acres).

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The sale and consumption of CBD is however legal in Spain and most of Europe.

The law in Spain prohibits the planting of cannabis for purposes other than industrial, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. And growing hemp to later convert it to CBD is also an offence.

During the operation, three people were also arrested.

(With agency contributions)

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