of California Unified Cannabis Enforcement Task Force (UCETF) recently announced progress on its “active” fight against the illegal cannabis market.
The UCETF announced a 43% increase in the number of plants exterminated between January 1 and March 30 (52,529 in Q1 2023 compared to Q4 2022). 29,687 for the quarter). The agency also said he executed 21 warrants in the first quarter of this year, compared to 30 in the previous quarter (a 30% decrease).
The agency eliminated 31,912 pounds of cannabis. 43% increase We removed 29,687 plants in the fourth quarter. During his last two quarters, retail prices of seized cannabis products he increased 39% ($32 million vs. $52.6 million). The UCETF’s most recent seizure earlier this year also saw an 87% increase in the amount seized during searches by size, from just $12,602 in Q4 2022 to $95,646 in Q1 2023.
Law Enforcement Director Bill Jones said in a press statement that working with the Cannabis Control Commission (DCC) has improved success and seizure rates. “The DCC Law Enforcement Division’s focus on illegal indoor cultivation, unlicensed pharmacies, and unlicensed manufacturing and distribution operations has prompted UCETF’s multi-agency, cross-jurisdictional approach to We can leverage our expertise to stop a wider range of crimes: Illegal Business.” jones said. “The significantly improved results speak to our effectiveness and help support the legal cannabis market.”
David Beth, executive director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said overall numbers will continue to rise. “This multi-agency task force is now in full swing, providing an opportunity for partners to contribute to their respective areas of expertise. doing.” Beth said. “The benefits and successes delivered by the Task Force speak directly to the efficiency and dedication of this multi-agency collaboration, and we look forward to seeing UCEFT grow throughout the year as it enters its outdoor cultivation phase. We look forward to seeing continued success of this kind.”
UCETF was established by California Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2022-2023 budget to target illegal cannabis businesses through a multi-sectoral effort. We work closely with the DCC, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Homeland Security Division of the California Department of Emergency Services. We also work with numerous California agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Justice, the Department of Public Health, and the Workforce Development Agency.
UCETF will start its activities from the summer of 2022. October 2022 announced the first major crackdown at the San Fernando Valley site. “California is taking immediate and aggressive action to curb illegal cannabis and strengthen the burgeoning legal market across the state,” Newsom said in a press statement at the time. “We are committed to curbing the criminal gangs that are encroaching on California’s regulated cannabis market by shutting down illegal cultivation sites and imposing severe sanctions on violators.”
Since last year, the UCETF has so far seized $84,652,875 worth of unauthorized cannabis products, eradicated 82,216 plants, and executed 51 search warrants.
In August 2022, the DCC announced that state law enforcement seized more than $1 billion worth of illegal cannabis products in 2021-2022. “This important milestone is achieved through close collaboration with local, state and federal partners to prevent activities that harm communities and the environment, such as water theft, threats of violence, elder abuse and human trafficking. It furthers California’s efforts to pursue,” the DCC wrote. “These businesses and the products they produce threaten consumer safety and the vitality of legal and compliant licensees.”
Some government agencies target illegal activities, while others consider the ramifications of the war on drugs. Recently, the Compensation Task Force released a detailed report on compensation, ultimately stating that “compensation for damages to communities is limited to the intended recipient’s period of damage in California (e.g., overage housing). It should be offered as a flat payment based on residence, etc.” Communities cracked down by the police during the “war on drugs” from 1971 to 2020). The task force will convene again before submitting its final report on June 29.