Last week authorities in Oklahoma seized millions of dollars worth of illegal marijuana at an illicit grow site — despite the state having very lax marijuana.

Authorities described it as a problem “that plagues all of Oklahoma.”

The illegal grow site reportedly was owned by a corporation out of Arkansas. According to KJRH News, the “current property owner used the former property owner’s name to get a fraudulent license to grow marijuana.”

News outlets report agents seized 27,577 plants, 2,698 pounds of processed marijuana at the location.

We have written time and again how legalization of marijuana actually has fueled the black market — emboldening drug cartels that operate industrial scale marijuana cultivation sites.

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

The effect has been especially serious in Oklahoma.

CBN reported last October that Chinese investors with “suitcases full of cash” are buying U.S. farmland in Oklahoma to grow black market marijuana.

A recent report by Fox Business highlighted national security concerns that some illegal marijuana farms in places like California and Oklahoma may actually have connections to foreign interests like the Chinese Communist Party.

And a CBS News segment last year highlighted how Chinese investment is driving illegal marijuana production in Oklahoma and elsewhere across the U.S.

These reports come as a proposed marijuana amendment is vying for the 2024 ballot in Arkansas — raising serious questions about what could happen in Arkansas if the state goes the same route as California, Oklahoma, Oregon, and others.