Los Angeles alone has nearly 1,000 places where, with a doctor’s note, you can legally buy pot, says National Public Radio. The illegal side of marijuana is also thriving. It’s partly because all the pot clinics have boosted demand. That means the state spends millions of dollars trying to wipe out a plant that’s already sanctioned.
For decades, a task force of lawmen has been parachuting into some of the most rugged sections of California. For a week at a time, they search for and destroy as much pot as they can find. They call it the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, or CAMP. NPR joined CAMP in a helicopter to hunt for cannabis in Northern California.