Texas sets new record for largest marijuana growing operation
After authorities in east Texas were alerted by a hunter to a field containing just over 100,000 marijuana plants last year, setting an all time record for a marijuana growing operation in the state, this year the record has been shattered.
Authorities have confirmed the seizure of more than 109,000 marijuana plants in a grow operation bust this month in Lipscomb County.
Lipscomb County is located in north Texas, and borders Oklahoma.
No arrests were made during the discovery. With the operation in 2014 being valued at $175 million, this year’s bust inches closer to the $200 million mark.
Local and state authorities in Texas spent an estimated $746 million combined on arresting marijuana offenders in 2013.
With a total of 71,761 arrests, in which it is estimated that it costs an average of $10,400 each for prosecution and incarceration, the sum for keeping a non-toxic plant illegal which has been legalized in other states is staggering.
Combine that with the conservative estimate of $166 million, the figure which the State of Texas stands to earn from legalizing cannabis, the net gain comes out to $912 million across the board. This does not take into account new incomes for individuals which would increase the sales tax base. There would also be new businesses, meaning more jobs, meaning even more lost revenue.
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