Those Weren't Christmas Trees Discovered in A Southwest London 'Forest'

Police officers from London's Grove Safer Neighbourhood Team stumbled upon a soccer pitch-sized magical forest of cannabis plants in September. Before deciding to "do the right thing," and dispose of the plants, they decided to humble brag a bit on Twitter with a few photos of the find. The hashtags #TheseArentXmasTrees and #SayNoToPlants became local trending topics, perhaps for the wrong reasons.

Cannabis law reform took a step back earlier this year in the UK when they lost Liberal Democrat allies in the government. Members of Parliament are in no hurry to move forward despite receiving an e-petition from residents.

London based Roland Gyallay-Pap, Acting Leader at CLEAR (Cannabis Law Reform) highlighted the frustration of the war on drugs, "Whilst these officers pose in Christmas spirit, they expose the irony that cannabis provides good cheer to all those for whom this plant provides relief from medical ailments all year round."

Local residents shared the same frustrations felt by a growing number of people who think the war on drugs is a waste of time and money:

It's a sad thing to see so many perfectly good plants, including some probably grown for medical reasons, destroyed due to the endless war on drugs. Perhaps one day in the not too distant future, we won't have to report these types of stories.