DEA: Marijuana Plant Seizures Decline to Lowest Levels in Nearly a Decade

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 9, 2013

    DEA seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops declined dramatically from 2011 to 2012 and are now at their lowest reported levels in nearly a decade, according to statistics released online by the federal anti-drug agency.

    According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2012 Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, the total number of cannabis plants eradicated nationwide fell 42 percent between 2011 and 2012. This continues a trend, as DEA crop seizures previously fell 35 percent nationwide from 2010 to 2011.

    In 2010, the DEA eliminated some 10.3 million cultivated pot plants. (This figure excludes the inclusion of feral hemp plants, tens of millions of which are also typically seized and destroyed by DEA agents annually, but are no longer categorized in their reporting.) By 2011, this total had dipped to 6.7 million. For 2012, the most recent year for which DEA data is available, the total fell to 3.9 million — the lowest annual tally in nearly a decade.

    The declining national figures are largely a result of reduced plant seizures in California. Coinciding largely with the downsizing of, and then ultimately the disbanding of, the state’s nearly 30-year-old Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) program, DEA-assisted marijuana seizures in the Golden State have fallen 73 percent since 2010 — from a near-record 7.4 million cultivated pot plants eradicated in 2010 to approximately 2 million in 2012. DEA-assisted cannabis eradication efforts have remained largely unchanged in other leading grow states during this same period.

    The DEA’s 2012 Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report is available online here.

    15 responses to “DEA: Marijuana Plant Seizures Decline to Lowest Levels in Nearly a Decade”

    1. Art Golden says:

      Defund the DEA!!!

    2. Sam says:

      Wasting money on killing feral hemp plants. bullshit.

    3. Isaac says:

      Drug War: Over
      Winner: Drugs

    4. Misha says:

      Dissolve DEA!

    5. TheOracle says:

      The money is better spent on the eradication of giant hogweed and poison hemlock, two Unwanted Invasive Species, especially the former: public service information ads how to identify, tell the difference, how to handle or not, spraying and eradication. Very few people give a shit about cannabis eradication these days when it comes down to getting rid of plants. You can add kudzu and mile-a-minute weed to the list.

      De-fund the DEA’s cannabis eradication programs, and redirect the money to getting rid of giant hogweed, poison hemlock, kudzu and mile-a-minute weed.

    6. American says:

      Take away their power. Throw them in the trash.

    7. chad Williams says:

      Baby steps to the end of prohibition of marijuana is the best we can expect….do your part and send letters to your state representatives

    8. Marty says:

      Defund them hell, put ALL the thugs in jail where they belong.

    9. Douglas says:

      What is other leadeing grow state,s? As out side growing.? In side growing is nation wide. They blew all our money in Calf. What I get out of this.

    10. Miles says:

      After funneling billions of our tax dollars to the DEA over the years, thankfully, their organization has proven to be a complete failure. There are millions more Americans using marijuana now than when the DEA was created. Their lies and propaganda have been exposed.

      It is time to either get rid of the DEA altogether, or to give them a new mission. I suggest giving them a mission that actually helps people instead of hurting them.