A recent CBS News report underscores the growing threat of illegal marijuana production backed by China in the U.S.

We have written in the past about how marijuana legalization has actually emboldened drug cartels and fueled black-market marijuana production in some states.

Oregon has been inundated by industrial scale marijuana cultivation sites operated illegally by organized crime and drug cartels.

Some of these marijuana operations are tied to labor trafficking and violent crime.

California created a legal framework for growing and selling marijuana in order to weaken drug cartels’ power in the state, but instead their illegal marijuana farms have grown.

In a recent CBS News segment Politico Cannabis Policy Correspondent Natalie Fertig highlights how Chinese investment is driving illegal marijuana production across the U.S.