Drug Intelligence Center
Domestic Cannabis Cultivation Assessment
Law enforcement efforts over the past several years have provided
significant insight into the nature and extent of cannabis cultivation
and marijuana production in the United States. However, intelligence
gaps do exist, primarily:
- The extent of DTO and criminal group involvement in the Appalachian
region is unknown because cannabis cultivation is largely rooted
in generations of families within insular communities.
- Eradication statistics are underreported in some areas because
no requirements exist for such reporting. Some counties do not have
agreements with DCE/SP, and therefore eradication totals are not
recorded to the DCE/SP program.
- Mexican DTO involvement in outdoor cannabis cultivation operations
is significant; however, determining the extent of their involvement
in many areas of the country is difficult because law enforcement
resources are insufficient to fully investigate these groups.
- Limited information as to the domestic cannabis cultivation
operations of Asian DTOs and criminal groups--a result of the insular
nature of the communities--degrades accurate analysis as to the
full extent of their operations in the United States.
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