Number of illegal cultivation sites plummet in Nevada after marijuana legalization

Number of illegal cultivation sites plummet in Nevada after marijuana legalization
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The number of illegal cultivation sites for marijuana in Nevada have plunged since the drug was legalized in the state.

Twenty illegal cultivation sites were destroyed in 2018, compared to more than 150 sites in 2012, The Nevada Independent reported Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) numbers said. Nevada legalized recreational marijuana in 2017.

The American Addictions Centers analyzed DEA data, finding more illegal cultivation occurs in states where the drug is illegal, with Kentucky leading with 9,300 cultivated marijuana plants per 100,000 people.

Arrests in Nevada for illegal cultivation of marijuana amount to 0.37 per 100,000 Nevada residents. Wyoming, where marijuana remains illegal, has the highest proportion with 21 arrests per 100,000 people, according to the Independent.

The Independent asked the DEA about a possible connection between a state’s legalization and rate of illegal cultivation.

“While I can’t comment on opinion-based inquiries, I can certainly tell you that marijuana continues to be a Scheduled I drug/substance and the DEA’s mission is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the U.S.,” a spokesperson responded.

Nevada is one of 12 states that has legalized marijuana, in addition to the District of Columbia. Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage, implying that it's sexist Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Schumer insists Democrats unified after chaotic coronavirus debate MORE (I-Vt.) announced a plan last week to legalize marijuana nationally and expunge the records of those with marijuana-related offenses.