New Zealand suffers marijuana 'shortage': Report

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Demand for cannabis is outstripping supply in New Zealand, as the country suffers from a marijuana shortage following police seizure of thousands of cannabis plants, according to the Guardian.

The drug's scarcity, first reported by The Spinoff according to the Guardian, apparently comes after the authorities' annual aerial recovery operation earlier this month across the top of the South Island and the west coast, when 9,000 cannabis plants were seized, reported the Guardian.

This is a large increase from last year's operation, which recovered about 4,000 plants. Thirteen people face charges ranging from drugs to firearms, as a result of the raids, said the Guardian.

Read more about the shortage on the Guardian's website by clicking here.