SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The number of illegal pot plants pulled has decreased by more than half in just the last few years.
The DEA shows the number of grows raided peaked in 2009 and 2010 with a record high of more than 10 million plants destroyed. This past year the number plummeted to just below 4 million.
The Drug Enforcement Administration credits this decrease in part to California’s budget issues, saying there was a decline in the amount of local law enforcement to assist in the eradication of illegal grows.
The DEA also pointed out that growers seem to be moving sites from public lands to private properties. The agency adds those who still operate on public lands have moved their grows in more mountainous regions, making them harder to detect and harder for law enforcement to reach.