Despite rapidly changing cannabis laws across the country, there was a considerable hike in seizures of the plant by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration last year, according to new figures from the agency.
The DEA’s annual Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report revealed that seizures of both indoor and outdoor crops went up by 20 percent in 2016 over 2015.
More than 5.3 million cannabis plants were confiscated across the country in 2016 – the most since 2011’s grand total of 6.7 million.
As always, a majority of the plants were seized in California - 71 percent of plants (or 3.78 million) to be exact. Roughly 552,000 were seized in Kentucky, 333,000 were seized in Texas, 128,000 were seized in Tennessee, and 124,000 were seized in West Virginia.
A mere seven percent of all cannabis confiscated by the DEA came from indoor grows, the report shows. About $52 million in assets were seized during these confiscations – almost double what the DEA reported the year before.
There is something (albeit a small something) of a silver lining to the DEA’s sobering report: while the data reveals that the agency made 5,657 arrests relating to their confiscation efforts, that was actually a 10 percent reduction from 2015.
Hey, it’s a start.
h/t NORML Blog