California Has Seized at Least $61M in Illegal Cannabis Since Start of 2024

California’s cannabis enforcement task force has seized more than $61 million in illegal cannabis products since the start of the year, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Office announced on Tuesday. The crackdowns have so far led to the seizure of nearly 36,600 pounds of unlicensed cannabis and the eradication of over 62,000 plants. 

“While we watch California’s legal cannabis market grow to become the largest worldwide, we are taking down those who operate outside the law. Putting a stop to illegal cannabis operations also means stopping organized crime, human trafficking, and the spread of illegal products that harm the health of Californians and our environment.” — Newsom in a statement 

From January 1 through April 30, the Governor’s Unified Cannabis Enforcement Taskforce conducted operations in the counties of Alameda, Fresno, Humboldt, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Joaquin, Trinity, and Orange. In addition to the unlicensed cannabis products, the enforcement actions uncovered 11 firearms. In all, five people were arrested in the crackdown.

Since its inception in 2022, the task force has seized $406,359,957 in unlicensed cannabis through 256 search warrants, according to the governor’s office. The task force has also eradicated 409,656 plants and seized

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