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Texas sets new record for largest marijuana growing operation

A marijuana grow room at a dispensary in Colorado.
A marijuana grow room at a dispensary in Colorado.

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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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. Janelle
    June 25, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Gee, this would be an industry across imaginary state lines….

  2. June 25, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Just think of all the taxes Texas is missing out on !

  3. June 26, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Reblogged this on U.S. Marijuana Party.

  4. Becky
    June 26, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Texas is so backwards! It makes me sick.

  5. June 26, 2015 at 5:12 am

    This would be perfect for Texas. Perfect climate for growing. Would heip the econemy with taxes jobs farming. This could be another crop to take the place of rice that use t[o :row here. This will help in so many ways. It can save lives and improve lives as well. Please legallize this plant. God gave it to us to use for our bennefit not our distruction. Stop ruining lives by. Making this plant illegal to use.

  6. Bill
    June 26, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Screw taxing it, thats why we have a state sales tax. We have more money to make in job creation and state gdp increases brought by it being decriminalized in general

  7. Sharon Harris
    June 26, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    God gave us all these good safe for live and helps taxes to pay jobs farming and grow made cured we do loves all cannabis lets approved all mmps license

  8. David
    June 27, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Such a waist of money trying to keep it out of Texas. come on Make it legal Already And quit Wasting your and Are time and Money fighting it.

  9. Sage
    July 5, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    we must follow Colorado’s lead and make marijuana legal.