The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) captured far fewer marijuana plants in 2018 compared to the previous year, but made significantly more cannabis-related arrests, according to federal data released this month.
More than 2.8 million indoor and outdoor marijuana plants were seized last year as part of DEA's extinction / repression program. It marks a decline of 17 per cent from the 2017 level.
NORML first noted the DEA report, which also shows that marijuana-related arrests the agency was involved with increased by about 20 percent annually. And while the total number of plants being used went down, they said the value of the assets was about $ 52 million, more than twice as much as it reported last year.
The efforts at the level of legalization at state level seem to have played a role in the falling number of plant attacks, especially those grown outside. In the same year as the sale of cannabis sales in California, DEA confiscated nearly 40 percent fewer outdoor plants in the state compared to 201
The data point is in line with recent research showing that legalization is linked to a decrease in the number of illegal cannabis growing in national forests, which are often targets for DEA enforcement.
It is not clear why a significant inflation occurred in marijuana-related arrests, but these increases did not usually occur in states where legal cannabis systems were recently implemented
. For example, arrests in Kansas, where marijuana is strictly prohibited, are increased by more than 3500 percent – from 15 to 544 – from 2017 to 2018. Louisiana also experienced a 168 percent increase in cannabis arrests.
The data covers federal law enforcement actions and does not include those of local police agencies that did not cooperate with the agency.
This year's transition in about Nabis seizures through DEA's eradication program has been seen by lawyers as evidence that state legalization systems are effectively shifting the illegal market and removing the incentive for illegal cultivation of cannabis.
Similarly, a recent recent US Sentencing Commission report showed that federal marijuana trade persecution dropped in 2018 – another sign that state legalization is disruptive to the illegal market, advocates argue.
NORML's Deputy Minister Paul Armentano told Marijuana Moment that "federal eradication programs are a past from a bygone era."
"At a time when about a quarter of the country is in a jurisdiction where adult marijuana use is legal and when members of Congress openly discusses the removal of cannabis from the federally controlled drug law, it is time for these federal anti-marijuana efforts to be set aside and for federal agencies to take positions that relate to cannabis & # 39; rapidly changing cultural status in America, he says.
DEA has also criticized its cannabis eradication work by a non-partisan federal security guard last year to insufficiently collect state and local law enforcement documentation funded through the program.
a report that DEA "has not clearly documented all its program objectives or developed performance enhancements Considerations for assessing progress towards these goals. In 2019, the agency said it hoped to grow about 5400 pounds of marijuana to meet the demand for research, which is more than twice the quota for 2018.
Legalization of marijuana leads to fewer illegal cultivation areas in national forests, Study Finds finds.