An operation was conducted from June 7 through June 21 in Talamanca, Costa Rica, to bring aid to the area’s residents. As a part of these efforts, police destroyed 562,757 marijuana plants located in the remote area of the country. In addition to the destruction of the marijuana plants, police provided medicine, food, and humanitarian assistance to 190 Indians in the area.
Over the past two years, police have destroyed over 4 million marijuana plants in Talamanca, according to the Security Ministry.
The ministry explained that people native to the area plant marijuana with their other crops, including corn and plantains.
Talamanca is one of the most inaccessible areas of Costa Rica, with the country’s tallest mountains. The area is home to a number of small Indian communities.
Marijuana is decriminalized in Costa Rica, but it is still illegal. Usage of marijuana in Costa Rica is very high, and there is a general tolerance for smoking cannabis throughout the country. However, the Security Ministry works to eliminate mass growing operations in order to deter drug cartels and drug smuggling.