Authorities in California recently issued a statement underscoring that illicit marijuana continues to be a problem despite legalization.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter) last week, the state’s Department of Cannabis Control said authorities recently seized over $300,000 in illegal marijuana and eight illegal firearms.

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.

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, Oregon, and other states.

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