Law enforcement seized almost 40 percent fewer cannabis plants in the U.S. in 2017 than the previous year, according to new numbers from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The annual data, published in the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Statistical Report, shows that the feds and their law enforcement partners seized about 3.38 million marijuana plants nationwide last year, which is 37 percent less than the agency’s 2016 total, when it seized 5.34 million plants.
The majority of the plants, 72 percent, were eradicated in California. This aligns with the previous years’ results.
The lowest number of plant seizures in all 50 states were in Delaware and Idaho. Only 10 plants were seized in each of those two states in 2017. Four of the Delaware plants seized were indoors, and six were outdoors, according to the DEA report.
Plants weren’t all that the DEA reported seizing in 2017. They also confiscated about $20.5 million in assets. That number represents a 60 percent reduction from 2016.
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