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More than one-million plants and close to 180,300 pounds of processed illegal marijuana seized statewide

12/20/21--Bureau of Land Management Rangers and Special Agents, alongside various law enforcement partners, eradicated more than one-million marijuana plants and close to 180,300 pounds of processed marijuana this year from illegal grow sites statewide on BLM lands as part of the California Department of Justice’s annual Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) program. Read

San Francisco suspends cannabis tax to combat illegal marijuana sales

12/1/21--San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance to suspend the city’s Cannabis Business Tax through the end of next year, in an attempt to curb illegal marijuana sales. According to Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, the legislation’s author, suspending the city business tax through Dec. 31, 2022, would help support legal cannabis retailers as they struggle to compete with illegally sold cannabis. Read

California’s legal weed industry can’t compete with illicit market

10/23/21--California’s strict regulations have led most industry operators to close shop, flee the state or sell in the state’s illegal market that approaches $8 billion annually, twice the volume of legal sales. California has just 823 licensed brick-and-mortar cannabis shops, but close to 3,000 retailers and delivery services operate in the state without a permit, a February 2020 market analysis by Marijuana Business Daily found. Read

State of Emergency declared for illegal marijuana growing operations

10/22/21--The Douglas County Board of Commissioners have unanimously declared a “State of Emergency” for illegal marijuana operations that are taking place locally. The move was made at Wednesday’s weekly business meeting due to what the Board said was “…the ever-increasing threat to the safety of our citizens, the environment, and our local enforcement communities regarding the overwhelming amount of illegal cannabis being produced, distributed and sold in Douglas County”. The declaration cited conditions that have resulted in the need for the local state of emergency. Read

Attorney General Bonata announces eradication of more than one million marijuana plants as part of interagency effort to combat illegal grows

10/17/21--California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced the eradication of nearly 1.2 million illegally cultivated marijuana plants and the seizure of more than 180,000 pounds of illegally processed marijuana as part of the California Department of Justice’s annual Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) program. Read

Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard

10/18/21--Jackson County Commissioners asked Gov. Kate Brown to send in the Oregon National Guard “to assist, as able, in the enforcement of laws related to the production of cannabis.” They also directly appealed to Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek for help getting additional funding to tackle the problem due to the proliferation of industrial-scale marijuana farms getting so bad and so brazen. Read

Black market grows are popping up faster than law enforcement can take them down. But is legalization the cause?

6/20/21--Cannabis experts say that as long as marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, and there are states where there’s no regulated market, illicit weed will have room to operate. And for many consumers in certain areas of the country, it’s still cheaper to buy their bud off the books. According to John Hudak, a cannabis expert at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., accepting law enforcement’s contention that a boom in black market marijuana is occurring as a result of legalization doesn’t hold water. Read

Mike Garcia fights for the Antelope Valley, Action, Agua Dulce’s Safety, Security

5/7/21--Representative Mike Garcia brought Fox News’s Sara Carter to the Antelope Valley to raise awareness of the increasing problem of illegal marijuana grows and related crime in the Antelope Valley and surrounding areas, including Acton and Agua Dulce. The illegal grows have expanded exponentially since Garcia took a tour of the grows last month. Read

Portland marijuana farm linked to Texas scheme trafficking LSD, meth and fentanyl to college kids: feds

12/6/20--Federal prosecutors announced Friday that 13 people, including current and former University of Texas students, were charged in connection to a massive LSD, fentanyl, and methamphetamine trafficking and money laundering scheme meant to peddle drugs to college kids in the Austin metropolitan area that was supplied, in part, by a marijuana farm in Portland. Read

Supervisors extend state of emergency for marijuana-related problems

1/20/20--Siskiyou County supervisors last week supported Sheriff Jon Lopey’s assessment that illegal marijuana grows are detrimental to the health and well being of local residents and approved the extension of a local state of emergency through 2020. Siskiyou County has been under a local state of emergency for illegal marijuana every year since 2017. Read

Three men arrested in Eagle County after being found with 82 pounds of marijuana in their car

11/2/19--Authorities in Eagle County arrested three men last week after finding 82 pounds of marijuana in their car. D’Trevion Turner, 20, Tryce Jackson, 19, and Latravion Briggs, 20, were charged with distribution of marijuana — more than 50 pounds, and conspiracy to commit distribution of marijuana — more than 50 pounds. The three suspects were arrested and booked into the Eagle County Detentions facility. Read

Investigators seize and destroy millions of marijuana plants found in California worth more than $1 billion

11/2/19--A search of Southern California cultivation sites last month turned up about 10 million marijuana plants worth more than $1 billion, which were destroyed by investigators, authorities in the Golden State said. The investigators uncovered the giant haul of weed in an Oct. 25 sweep of 11 fields in the Arvin area, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Read

Not hard to find illegal marijuana dispensaries in Chula Vista

11/2/19--Currently, there are no legal and permitted marijuana dispensaries in the City of Chula Vista. Despite Chula Vista Police attempts to crack down on illegally operated shops, it's still not hard to find another a few blocks away. The city is planning to issue licenses to approved businesses as early as next year, but admits the process for bringing licensed dispensaries online has been more difficult than they thought. Read

Pot Industry underestimates old-school dealers

8/19/19--In the United States where marijuana is legal, traditional drug dealers are still formidable competitors. The black market will also loom large for investors. The U.S. marijuana market is huge, yet it still remains to be seen how much business remains in the hands of illegal dealers. Read

Illegal pot farm bust in Santa Cruz Mountains takes down nearly 10,000 marijuana plants

6/4/19--The latest illegal pot farm bust took down more than 9,700 marijuana plants in 11 non-permitted greenhouses managed by four full-time workers at Summit Road near Russell Ridge, a county spokesman said. It is considered one of the largest sting operations against illegal commercial grow-ops in recent county history, spokesman Jason Hoppin said. Read

Illegal marijuana dispensaries hide in plain sight in Chula Vista

10/26/18--Illegal marijuana dispensaries continue to pop up all over Chula Vista and the city is having a hard time keeping up and shutting them down. When operators are caught they are shut down and pay fines, but then move on to the next spot. The city is trying to get the problem under control with Measure Q on November's ballot, where voters will decide if shops can legally open up, or none will be allowed in the city; and either way, it will be strictly enforced. Read

Illegal marijuana market still thrives in Los Angeles

7/5/18--California ushered in broad marijuana legalization nearly six month ago, but the illegal market still thrives. Nowhere is that more apparent than Los Angeles County. Hundreds of illegal pot shops operate, undercutting the fledgling legal market. The sheriff's department has created a specialized unit to target illegal dispensaries, and its members raid one shop each week, on average. At that pace, it would take many years to close all the existing illegal operations. Read