The United States Department of Justice has announced that they have discovered and destroyed an estimated $1 billion worth of marijuana since July 1, 2012.
The eradication efforts were conducted on public lands, primarily national parks and forests, throughout seven west coast states, including California and Oregon.
The Department of Justice statement said, “Federal, state and local law enforcement in the seven states have eradicated more than 578,000 marijuana plants from public lands. The DEA estimates the value of this marijuana to be well over $1 billion.”
Over 80% of the marijuana was discovered in almost 100 fields in California. Despite the large amount of marijuana that was discovered, only 14 arrests were made as a part of these DOJ efforts.
While the federal government spends significant time and resources on destroying over one-billion-dollars worth of crops, many Americans are recognizing the value and benefit that legalizing and regulating marijuana could bring to the US economy. States such as Colorado and Oregon will have marijuana legalization measures on the November general election ballot.