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New DEA Report Shows Decline in Marijuana Seizures

A recent report released from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) noted a decline in seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops throughout 2015, according to annual data compiled by the agency.

The DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report noted that the agency seized 4.25 million marijuana plants throughout the US in 2015. That number fell just shy of last year’s total, 4.3 million.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that the DEA has reported a decline in the seizures of marijuana plants. In 2010, the agency reported 10.3 million plants removed.

The assets seized by the DEA in relation to marijuana grow operations hit just below the $30 million mark. Most of the efforts by the DEA was focused in California, which accounted for over half of all the marijuana plants seized in 2015.

A total of 6,278 arrests were made in conjunction with cannabis eradication efforts – which remains steady with last year. To compare, the DEA registered 10,000 marijuana arrests in 2010 and 8,500 in 2011.

The report is available here.