Oregon Considers Toughening Rules in Light of The Flood of Illegal Marijuana.

In 2014, Oregon voters passed a ballot measure that made marijuana legal for recreational use. They did this because they were told it would stop problems caused by the drug’s “uncontrolled manufacture.” Instead, the illegal production of marijuana has grown a lot.

After hearing complaints from the police, legal growers, and other people, Oregon lawmakers are now thinking about making the laws against illegal growers stricter. Oregon was one of the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Other states, such as Maryland and Missouri, where voters legalized pot on Nov. 8, can learn from Oregon. That means that 21 states now allow people to use marijuana for recreational purposes.

The Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force says that so far this year, police have seized more than 105 tons (95 metric tons) of illegally grown marijuana in Oregon. That’s more than the 8 metric tons (at least 9 tons) in 2019.

The Indoor and Outdoor Grow to Use a Lot of Water in Areas that Are Suffering from Drought.

They also pollute the environment and hire migrant workers who live in poor conditions.

A draft bill for Oregon’s 2023 legislative session, which starts on January 17, would increase the maximum prison sentence and fine for illegally making more than 100 plants and having more than 32 times the legal limit to 10 years in prison and $250,000. In Oregon, you can only have 2 ounces (57 grams) of marijuana on you in public and 8 ounces (227 grams) at home.

People will also have to pay for any damage they do to the environment, and water can’t be used in places that aren’t licensed to grow marijuana. In the draft bill about immigrant labor, it is illegal for managers of an illegal grow site to take someone’s passport or immigration document, threaten to turn them into the government so they can be arrested or deported, or withhold wages without a good reason.

As police raid plantation after plantation in some parts of Oregon, they have made record-breaking seizures. Police say that criminal gangs from Mexico, Russia, China, and other countries have joined in.

In October, a single raid in Yamhill County, southwest of Portland, turned up 76,930 pounds (35,000 kilograms) of marijuana. This was the largest marijuana bust ever in a county better known for its pinot noir wine.

The sheriff’s office said that investigators found that the whole property had been changed to make it easier to grow, store, process, and package marijuana to be shipped or moved out of the area.

The sheriff’s office said that the marijuana would be worth $76 million on the street in Oregon and $269 million on the East Coast.

The property was in a rural part of Newberg, Oregon. The receipts showed that large amounts of money were wired from Oregon to the Mexican state of Michoacán.

On October 25, SWAT officers from the Oregon State Police raided a home in Jackson County in southern Oregon where pot was growing in greenhouses. They destroyed about 450 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of illegally processed marijuana and found the dead body of a black bear, guns, and three stolen cars.

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Law enforcement officials think that the tons of illegal marijuana that are smuggled out of Oregon and sold for a lot of money dwarfs the amount that is caught by police every year.

In 2014, a pamphlet for Oregon voters said that legalizing marijuana for recreational use would “eliminate the problems caused by the ban on marijuana and the lack of control over its production, delivery, and possession in this state.”

Anthony Johnson, who was the lead petitioner for Ballot Measure 91, said that legalization and the creation of a regulated industry from farm to the customer have not stopped illegal grows.

Recreational marijuana is still illegal at the federal level and in many other states. Johnson said the problem won’t go away because selling it on the black market in those states is a good way to make a lot of money.

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Johnson said in an interview on Tuesday, “I think this will continue to be a problem until the federal government legalizes it all over the country.”

He said, though, that Oregon’s illegal growers should be stopped by the government.

“Of course, the state and/or federal government will step in to enforce state law when unregulated grows to steal water or use chemicals that shouldn’t be polluting our land.”

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