Plants Removed From State Forests and Mountains in California in 2010

In 2010, state law enforcement officers in California removed 4.3 million marijuana plants growing out in the mountains and forests of the state.

In 2011, marijuana growers began moving away from the mountains and began growing marijuana in the lowlands. In Central California, authorities only found 9 large marijuana plantations in the mountains, down from the typical 60 to 80 plantations found annually. However, seizures of large pot farms in the lowlands of the Central Valley increased to 121 in 2011, up from the 37 discovered in 2010.

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Source: Associated Press, “AP Enterprise: Pot growers move to Calif. farms,” Google News, October 17, 2011.