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California report shows intensified crackdown on illegal marijuana operators

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California’s largest cannabis regulator has boosted and improved enforcement of its illegal marijuana operations over the past two years, according to newly released data.

Arrest warrants have been issued, illegal cannabis plants wiped out, firearms seized, and arrests have increased dramatically since 2021 in the largest regulated and illegal marijuana market in the world.

According to DCC enforcement statistics released Thursday, the agency’s efforts have resulted in:

Search warrants increased from 62 in 2021 to 155 in 2022, up 150%. Seizures of illegal cannabis rose to 144,254 pounds in 2022, up 246% from 41,726 pounds in the previous year. Arrests in 2022 more than tripled to 56. That’s still an incredibly low number that underscores the challenges law enforcement officials face in a country with minor fines tied to marijuana violations and little appetite for prosecution. Seizures of illegal cannabis in 2022 were $243 million, up 211% year-on-year

Read the full article at Marijuana Business Daily

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