Officials discover millions of cannabis plants, worth $1B in ‘black market’ value

Officials discover millions of cannabis plants, worth B in ‘black market’ value

Hemp legalization has created a buzz in the American market and it’s no surprise that businesses are rigorously integrating or adopting cannabis in their products. From skincare to the sports industry, there are ample segments that have joined the CBD bandwagon. But what’s more interesting is the rise of illegal marijuana agriculture in the United States.  A recent investigation in California across several hemp fields revealed about 10 million illicit marijuana plants, with an estimated “black market” value of over $1 billion. Authorities seized and destroyed the entire field, said officials on Thursday.  The Kern County Sherrif’s Office posted on Facebook saying that authorities had searched across 11 different fields, situated about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, in the Arvin area, on October 25. They went through around 459 acres of land with the help of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and FBI.  The sheriff’s office said that the alleged hemp plants were being grown under the appearnace of a legitimate cannabis operation. When samples were taken to evaluate the content and chemicals of the plant, it was discovered that the psychoactive compound, THC, was way above than the legal threshold.  Officials claimed that while it…

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