Oregon authorities conduct raids of multiple illegal marijuana grows

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Underlining the black-market and oversupply issues currently facing licensed cannabis businesses in Oregon, law enforcement authorities in the central region of the state say they confiscated 800 pounds of cannabis flower and 50 pounds of concentrate, which led to the discovery of illegal MJ-producing sites in the region.

Police found illicit grows in Sisters, Redmond and La Pine in multiple-site raids that targeted unlicensed farms in Deschutes County, The Bulletin of Bend reported. The operation was conducted by local law enforcement as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Oregon law enforcement offices have requested additional funds to help go after illegal cannabis operations, and the state is under pressure from the state’s U.S. attorney, Billy Williams, to combat cannabis diversion into other states.

Oregon has far more cannabis production – both licensed and illegal – than its legal market can consume.

Court documents obtained by The Bulletin show the illegal cannabis was being diverted to California.

In August, Oregon authorities filed charges involving two interstate marijuana trafficking rings.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily