Despite legalization in California, the state’s Unified Cannabis Enforcement Taskforce seized nearly $162 million worth of illegal marijuana during the first half of 2023, according to a recent statement from California’s Department of Cannabis Control.

Across the board, drug cartels and other criminal elements have been emboldened in states that have chosen to legalize marijuana.

In New Mexico, a loophole in state law has allowed criminals to operate marijuana businesses without a proper background check.

In Oregon, authorities with the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) seized nearly 11,500 illegal marijuana plants in four different locations from July to August.

Stories like these underscore that Arkansans were right to reject the proposed marijuana amendment last November. Marijuana is a multibillion dollar industry backed by very powerful entities. Despite that, voters in Arkansas chose not to legalize marijuana. That’s a good thing, to say the least.

Photo Credit: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon.

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