Pot ‘Plantations’ on the Rise

Border Crackdown Makes Farming in U.S. Forests Attractive; Cartel Links Suspected

“Marijuana growers, many believed to be affiliated with Mexican drug cartels, are aggressively expanding their illegal farming operations in the U.S., clearing land to plant pot in dozens of national forests from coast to coast. Authorities have discovered pot farms in 61 national forests across 16 states this year, up from 49 forests in 10 states last year. New territories include public land in Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, Alabama, and Virginia.”