Here’s the introduction to the piece by the Times…

It is been a small far more than a year considering the fact that California legalized marijuana — the biggest such experiment in the United States — but law enforcement officials say the unlicensed, illegal industry is nevertheless thriving and in some locations has even expanded.

“There’s a lot of revenue to be produced in the black industry,” mentioned Thomas D. Allman, the sheriff of Mendocino County, whose deputies seized cannabis oil worth far more than $five million in early April.

Legalization, Sheriff Allman mentioned, “certainly didn’t place cops out of perform.”

California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, has declared that illegal grows in Northern California “are finding worse, not better” and two months ago redeployed a contingent of National Guard troops stationed on the border with Mexico to go right after illegal cannabis farms alternatively.



The Bureau of Cannabis Manage, the agency charged with regulating marijuana in the state, has received about 7,500 complaints, most of them about illegal operations, and has sent out far more than three,000 letters ordering illegal firms to shut down.

“It’s only a matter of time prior to we begin producing a dent in the illegal industry,” mentioned Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the agency, who acknowledged there have been in all probability far more illegal shops in Los Angeles alone than licensed shops in the complete state.

Cat Packer, the executive director of the Division of Cannabis Regulation in Los Angeles, mentioned that even when illicit firms have been shut down, they frequently quickly reappeared.

“It’s been a game of whack-a-mole in the city of Los Angeles,” she mentioned.

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