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Where is the marijuana growing?

There is no shortage of talk regarding marijuana within this country, with some states allowing the legal use of medical marijuana. Despite those local laws in some places, however, federal law still fights against the controversial changes.

There is apparently a shortage, however, of medical marijuana plants throughout the country. The Huffington Post reports that compared to in years past, law enforcement eradicated significantly fewer marijuana plants in 2011. So where is the existent marijuana coming from?

Between 2010 and 2011, there was more than a 46 percent drop in the number of marijuana plants that were seized by law enforcement in the country. The trend would have someone think that fewer people are selling and using marijuana. But that isn't the case.

Though fewer plants have been found and collected, law enforcement hasn't had a shortage in the amount of processed marijuana that they've confiscated. That means that police are still finding smaller, already processed amounts of pot on drug crime suspects.

So, the weed is still coming from somewhere. The marijuana plants are just apparently growing in different locations than they used to. A DEA worker suspects that more plants are being grown indoors than they used to be. Growers are likely growing fewer plants that produce more buds in order to keep a lower profile.

Since fewer plants are being confiscated, that might mean that more major manufacturers of marijuana are at least temporarily saving themselves from serious drug charges. But somehow marijuana is still on the streets; therefore, the risk of being targeted for distribution and/or possession is not lost.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Marijuana Plants Eradicated At Lower Rates In Most States Over Past Three Years," Manuel Valdes, Aug. 3, 2012

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