CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting)

10/9/2020 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the eradication of more than 1.1 million marijuana plants across 455 grow sites as part of the California Department of Justice’s Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) program. Over the course of a 13-week season – and despite unprecedented challenges from COVID-19 and wildfires (which, one could argue, should have been priorities over marijuana enforcement) – the multi-agency campaign conducted operations in 29 counties, arresting 140 individuals and seizing 174 weapons.

This represents a slight increase from 2019’s CAMP total of 953,459 marijuana plants from 345 raided grow sites across the state. CAMP hit its peak in 2009, when nearly 4.5 million plants were reportedly destroyed.

4/13/2020 – The DEA has announced it eradicated over 3 million plants from California in 2019. DEA claims to have seized 3.77 million plants from CA in 2016; 3.98 million in 2011; and 7.5 million in 2009.

In 2018, the same year that California began permitting licensed adult-use sales of cannabis, marijuana plant seizures fell nearly 30 percent from the prior year. In February 2019 however, the Governor announced the deployment of national guard troops to track down on illicit marijuana grow operations, an effort which may have played a role in the sudden uptick in seizures in 2019. (Also see: National Guard Joins Local, Fed & State Agencies in Anza Raids.)

The legal cannabis market has been hampered in California by over regulation and taxation at state and local levels, and by federal prohibition, all things that Cal NORML is seeking to change.

 

November 4, 2019 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced today the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) Program eradicated 953,459 marijuana plants from 345 raided grow sites across the state.

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. In 2018, 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
By CHRIS COURSEY
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
July 25, 2012

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.”

RECORD JUMP IN MARIJUANA ARRESTS IN CALIFORNIA (9/19/08)
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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