The latest numbers are out from CAMP, the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting. It’s a cooperative effort of federal, state and local law enforcement to cut down illegal marijuana grows. They destroyed 4.3 million pot plants, estimated wholesale value $17.2 billion. Most of those plants were taken from illegal grows on public land.
We went on one raid with the US Forest Service in the Mendocino National Forest. It was an incredibly grueling hike down a steep mountain with loose dirt and rock, and very few trails. I had to do my best to keep up with the professionals – the US Forest Service firefighters who make a living, working in such terrain.
You can check out the top pot growing counties according to the number of plants seized this growing season, in the numbers from the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement. They oversee CAMP.