1.1 Million Illicit Cannabis Plants Destroyed by Cali

Over the last 13 weeks, California has eradicated beyond 1.1 million plants uncovered at 455 grow sites. These efforts were made by state, local, and federal agencies throughout 29 counties, even with the challenges coming from coronavirus precautions and roaring wildfires.

Cali’s illegal cannabis industry has been quite profitable for those willing to break the law. Simply put, it’s incredibly difficult to compete with illicit cannabiz operators with Cali’s legislative necessities forcing legit businesses to pass on their costs to consumers.

So far, the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting has resulted in the arrest of 140 people, along with the seizures of 174 weapons. These efforts have been conducted annually since 1983, primarily connected to the forests and mountains of northern California.

However, this year, the largest haul was in Riverside County, just east of Los Angeles. Agencies destroyed 293,000 plants in this county.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra is quoted saying, “I bet most people would have ventured a guess that all of the top counties would have been in Northern California but … Riverside was by far the largest.”

While other counties have had their fair share of illicit cannabis plants confiscated, some other significant counties include Tulare, with beyond 105,000 plants, and Trinity, Siskiyou, and Lake counties.

The big question now is, “What will next year hold for us?” Hopefully, illegal operations will be uncovered and the legal cannabis industry will be allowed to thrive as it should. The black market of cannabis has really hurt a lot of cannabis business operators in California, and as the wildfires continue to rage on, we can only hope that these legitimate business owners will catch the break they deserve.

Louis Levey is the Content Success Manager and Founder at No Strings Content. He's passionate about helping cannabis businesses use content to attract, educate, and convert audiences. His hometown is Boca Raton, Florida, but he currently lives and works remotely in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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