Illegal Cannabis Production Plummets in Washington State

Illegal marijuana production in Washington State has seen a spectacular decline since 2010, according to a new report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, which suggests that most cannabis enthusiasts are turning to legal businesses instead of potentially cheaper black market marijuana.

The amount of processed marijuana the DEA seized dropped from 3,126 pounds in 2010 to just 635 pounds in 2014, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported.

The report also said the number of marijuana plants it seized in Washington State was about 80% – or 57,000 plants – less than what the agency seized in 2010.

The Washington State Patrol attributed the drop to increased air reconnaissance and better coordination between state, local and federal law enforcement, the paper reported. Washington State voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 and the first stores opened in 2014.

Nationally, the number of plants seized plummeted from 10 million in 2010 to 6 million in 2014, but the amount of processed marijuana seized increased from 86,000 pounds in 2010 to 134,000 pounds in 2014, according to the DEA.

4 comments on “Illegal Cannabis Production Plummets in Washington State
  1. Tim on

    It seems like this article is a fallacy.
    “correlation does not imply causation”

    The title should be DEA seized less Cannabis in WA during 2014 compared to 2010.
    Too many variables to assume that unsanctioned nonfascist production ( homegrowers closets and unlicensed commercial grows) has declined.

    It may well have, but I can think of many more reasons why they seized less weed in WA during 2014 compared to 2010.

    It seems like thi sarticle is trying to twist causality to support the belief that government weed is better than free weed.

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  2. CHRISTINA on

    LESS MARIJUANA AND MARIJUANA PLANTS HAVE BEEN SEIZED BECAUSE THE LAW IS NOT BEING ENFORCED WHEN IT COMES TO MARIJUANA. THESE NON COMPLIANT SO CALLED GREEN CROSSES ARE SELLING TO EVERY TOM, DICK AND HARRY ALONG WITH UNDER AGE KIDS. THERE ARE VERY FEW GREEN CROSSES OPERATING BY THE BOOK.

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    • Will Freeman on

      Christina, CAPS lessen a post’s value (fyi). You may be right but simply saying so without a shred of evidence included in the reason for your rant makes your assertion a yawner. Where did you find the evidence or analysis that says very few places operate by the book? This could prove helpful to making sure that the shouting you’re doing has a place we can go to validate your comment.

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  3. Silverado on

    Unless you’ve been to one of the local cannabis Farmer’s Markets and seen those prices which feature plenty of ounces for $100, ounces of hash for under $200, with concentrates priced likewise or so, you would have absolutely no idea about why the DEA would say such a thing. If there is less black market activity involving cannabis I would submit that’s entirely possible strictly due to inexpensive pricing being the rule instead of the exception as in times past due to an almost over production of high quality cannabis. It has to be that to get the price to fall like it has. Anyway, just like what’s happening in the crude oil markets – too many producers producing and when that happens prices fall. Ya they sure do and those Farmer’s Markets are full of high quality and low prices which means the DEA was probably right in their view of reduced black market activity.

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