One of the 17 states that has yet to legalize recreational or medicinal marijuana is the site of some of the most Drug Enforcement Administration raids in the country. Last year, DEA officials seized and destroyed 418,076 cannabis plants in Kentucky.
But where Kentucky really stood out was the proportion of those plants to the state’s residents. A recent analysis by the American Addiction Centers found that the DEA had busted a hearty 9,356 cannabis plants per 100,000 people living in the state.
California had the second most per capita DEA busts, but at 4,572 plants per 100,000 state residents, it’s hardly keeping up with the Bluegrass State.
Kentucky also took home top honors for having the most per capita amount of illegal grow sites destroyed — 15 per 100,000 people, doubling the second runner up West Virginia, which clocked in at only 7.4 sites per 100,000 people.
The state may see the legalization of medical marijuana next year. Kentucky’s HB 136 would establish a program open to patients with “debilitating illnesses and excruciating pain,” and its primary co-sponsor Jason Nemes says he has the votes necessary to pass the legislation in the state’s House of Representatives in 2020.