California has been long known as the go-to state for cannabis consumers and a sort of a Mecca for cannabis growers, due to its perfect pot-growing weather conditions and rich soil. It is no surprise that the residents of the Golden State grew the most weed in the whole country in 2016.
It’s no secret that growing pot is a common thing in California, but knowing just how much weed is being grown every year would probably make Snoop Dogg choke.
The US Drug Enforcement Agency reported that state-registered marijuana growers in California grew well over 13.5 million pounds of marijuana, more than any year before.
The Feds are growing antsy
The plot thickens and DEA is actually more interested in the second part of that information — which is that only 2.5 million pounds of the whole yearly crop ended up in California.
So, what happened to the other 11 million pounds?
Well, they went up in smoke as well, just not in any of the states where smoking marijuana is legal.
This gap between the production and consumption rates came to light in study commissioned by the state Department of Food and Agriculture, and not the DEA.
California State Assemblyman Tom Lackey said that the only way to keep riding the Cole-memo-wave is to make sure weed stays on their side of the border.
“If we want to avoid intervention from the federal government, we need to do everything we can to crack down on illegal activity and prevent cannabis from being exported out of state,” Lackey said.
He also introduced legislation which named the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as the lead state law enforcement agency investigating black market cannabis, as there isn’t any singular agency currently running point on that.
Lackey’s new bill has since entered the California State Assembly and has been under review.