Weed Arrests and Seizures Are on the Rise

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Weed Arrests and Seizures Are on the Rise

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Weed Arrests and Seizures Are on the Rise

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It stands to reason that as marijuana legalization builds momentum across the United States—29 nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form so far—arrests for possession and cultivation would be on the decline. Unfortunately, the facts state quite the opposite; in actuality, weed arrests and seizures are on the rise.

The DEA reported that cannabis seizures climbed by more than 20 percent last year, and 5.3 million marijuana plants were seized.

Last week High Times reported that the FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report states that drug arrests outnumbered all violent crimes combined. Seizures of marijuana—some in which citizen’s rights were violated for unlawful search—are also on the rise.

Even where recreational use of marijuana is legal, arrests and seizures are up.

Ironically, the longer legalization has been implemented in a particular state, the more frequent, and in higher quantity, the seizures have been. This past week alone, there have been many high profile seizures by law enforcement across the country.

Yesterday in Colorado, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 800 marijuana plants in various stages of growth along with an estimated 500 pounds of recently harvested and dried marijuana, worth about $3.9 million. The Pueblo Chieftain reported authorities raided two illegal grow operations on private property.

Also in Colorado, on September 28, for the third time in five years, multiple federal agencies raided an illegal marijuana growing operation in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest. Agents combined efforts to eradicate a cannabis cluster in the Crystal Valley, approximately 16 miles south of Carbondale, in the Redstone area.

The five-acre site had 2,700 plants, as well as chemicals to deter deer, fertilizer, irrigation pipe, camping gear, trash and tarps, the forest supervisor’s office said in a statement.

On October 7, a Wyoming State Trooper pulled over a 2011 Dodge pickup pulling a horse trailer for a routine registration violation. During the stop, a Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detection K-9 was deployed. The pooch alerted officers to the presence of a 197 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $394,000, in the horse trailer.

It was determined that the marijuana was being transported to the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area from Eureka, California. With the assistance of the Wyoming Division Criminal Investigation, 66-year-old Continue Reading

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