Federal data show the number of live marijuana plants eradicated in outdoor and indoor grow operations has dropped in most states over three years, while the amount of bulk processed marijuana seized has doubled in that time. reports the Associated Press. California, which provides the lion’s share of the millions of plants eradicated every year in the U.S., saw a 46.5 percent drop in plants eradicated between 2010 and 2011, bringing down the nation’s overall numbers.
“You can’t attribute it to one factor,” said Casey Rettig of the Drug Enforcement Administration in San Francisco. Shifts in the tactics of growers, weather patterns, and budget cuts to local and state enforcement agencies have played roles in the significant decrease in eradication, DEA and local officials said. In 2010, authorities seized 10.32 million marijuana plants from outdoor and indoor growing operations. By 2011, that number had dropped to 6.7 million plants — a 35 percent decrease.