CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting)

November 4, 2019 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced today the arrest of 148 individuals as part of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) Program. This year, CAMP eradicated 953,459 marijuana plants from 345 raided grow sites across the state. A total of 168 weapons were seized throughout the raids.

This year’s CAMP activities represent an increase from last year’s reported take of some 600K plants.  It’s not as high was 2017’s reported take of 1,260,000 plants or 2016’s over 1.5 million claim. 
CAMP hit its peak in 2009, when nearly 4.5 million plants were reportedly taken out. The program was ended around 2012 under Brown’s administration, but by 2015 it was back, with a reported take of 832,085 plants. 

Meanwhile, the Feds have also been taking plants out of California, both indoor and outdoor, through DEA’s suppression program. The last figures for that are from 2018, where 1.8 million plants were reported taken, also down from 3.8 million in 2016 and a reported 7.5 million in 2009.

Attorney General Becerra Announces 2018 CAMP Data
October 4, 2018 – 614,267 plants eradicated in over 254 illegal grow sites in 40 counties across the state. Watch the press conference

State task force busts 254 illegal cannabis grows; half as many plants as last year eradicated 10/4/2018

Secret marijuana gardens target of eradication campaign on North Coast Press Democrat, 7/29/16

Cannabis Seizures Plummet in 2015

DEA Domestic Cannabis Eradication Program claims it eradicated 2.7 million plants in California in 2013. Read more.

February 15, 2013 – Requiem for CAMP: The life and death of a domestic U.S. drug war institution International Journal of Drug Policy

August 2, 2012 – Last year, it was announced that Gov. Brown was terminating the CAMP program for budgetary reasons.  The CAMP budget was only around a couple of million dollars. According to the report below, however,  the feds are putting far more money into MJ eradication in California:

DEA: Marijuana Plant Seizures Down 35 Percent Nationwide
EXCERPT: According to the GAO, the fund paid out approximately $79 million to California law enforcement agencies, the most in the nation, for their participation in federal raids and seizures….The DEA further reported having seized over $11 million in assets associated with its eradication efforts in California.

California decides to strike CAMP
Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.

CAMP Eradicates 4.3 Million Plants – More Than State’s Annual Consumption
October 30, 2010 – California’s CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) marijuana eradication reported 4,320,314 plant seizures in 2010, slightly less than last year’s all-time record of 4,463,917. Read more.

California’s Top 40 Cannabis Counties (2009)

2008 CAMP Report (with yearly totals)

“Of the 2.9 million pot plants seized during the state’s 2008 Campaign Against Marijuana Production, 70 percent were on public land. … [The culprits] are believed to be mostly Mexican nationals working for drug cartels back home. … BLM [Bureau of Land Management] law enforcement officials estimate it costs $1 to $2 to eradicate each plant and four times that to clean up the mess left behind by growers, [Gary] Sharpe [, associate field manager with the Bureau of Land Management’s Ukiah office] said. … The U.S. Forest Service does not receive money specifically for pot garden cleanups, but the California division set aside $350,000 of its budget to clean up 30 sites in California …”
Source: Press Democrat

State haul this year: 5 million pot plants(included totals from other programs)

U.S. Justice Department’s National Drug Threat Assessment 2008
“Federal, state, and local law enforcement reporting indicates that vigorous outdoor cannabis eradication efforts have caused major marijuana producers, particularly Caucasian groups, to relocate indoors, even in leading outdoor grow states such as California and Tennessee.”

CAMP eradication statistics have soared in recent years; last year saw an all-time record of 2.9 million plants, up from 1.6 million in 2006.

Pot growth hurting wilderness Press Democrat, 1/4/2009

“Southern Sweep” Hits Northern California

NORML Statement to UN NGO Consultation on Narcotic Drugs ­ Vancouver, Feb 4th-5th, 2008

CAMP Posts Record Take: Over 1 Million Plants 2005

Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement CAMP Page

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