Arkansas State Police intercepted over 400 pounds of marijuana during a routine traffic stop in Conway County, according to an official press release.

A state trooper stopped a rental truck on I-40. Officers discovered the truck contained 21 boxes filled with vacuum-sealed marijuana packages totaling 434 pounds, alongside $1,460 in cash.

The press released indicated the marijuana originated from out of state.

This bust is part of a larger trend, with more 900 pounds of illegal marijuana confiscated on I-40 in just the last few weeks.

Stories like these serve as a reminder that marijuana’s legalization in other states has actually fueled the black market and the drug cartels rather than weakening them.

For example, California’s Unified Cannabis Enforcement Taskforce seized more than $312 million worth of illegal marijuana in 2023.

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.

Oklahoma authorities describe illicit marijuana as a problem that “plagues” their state.

The list goes on.

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 others.

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