Monterey County Sheriff’s Office: Illegal cannabis market widespread, active in county
The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said their Marijuana Enforcement Team has removed tens of thousands of illicit cannabis plants worth nearly $69 million on the legal market since 2019. Detective Sergeant David Vargas estimates that’s just 10%-20% of the black market.
MONTEREY COUNTY’S LEGAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY ….. LAST YEAR.. THE COUNTY SAW NEARLY 36.6 MILLION DOLLARS IN TAX REVENUES.. BUT THIS COMES IN SPITE OF A BLACK MARKET THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS IS UNDERCUTTING ITS SUCCESS.. SINCE 2019.. DEPUTIES HAVE CONFISCATED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL CANNABIS PLANTS.. WORTH NEARLY $69 MILLION DOLLARS.. ACTION…