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SACRAMENTO -- Law enforcement officials said today that the annual campaign to remove illegal marijuana from rural areas, mainly on public land, wiped out a crop with an eye-popping estimated street value of $11.6 billion.

That's more than twice the value of California's top agricultural commodity, milk and cream $5.2 billion, and three times the top crop, grapes $3.2 billion, according to a state Department of Food and Agriculture report for 2005.

The $11.6 billion estimate created some semi-serious buzz about a potential revenue source at the Capitol, where the forecast of a growing state budget shortfall reportedly has reached roughly $10 billion.

In 472 raids the most marijuana plants, 482,775, were seized in Lake County north of the San Francisco Bay. Next were Humboldt County 271,056 plants, Shasta 270,728, Mendocino 220,436 and Tulare 160,591.

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Numbers are greatly exaggerated

By anon, on Nov 18, 2007 - 11:29
The article claims that "Each plant could have produced a pound of marijuana worth about $4,000."

That is a completely ludicrous assertion. Very few outdoor pot growers get even close to that amount. Think about it: an outdoor grower yields 150 pounds in a season. There is no way he's going to get $4000 for every pound. A more realistic number is maybe $2500 per pound when sold in bulk (which is likely).

From the amounts in the article (IF each plant actually produced a full pound -- not likely), 2.9 million plants X 1 pound X $2500 = $7.25 billion. That's a big fucking difference from the $11 billion claim in that article.

Get the facts right.

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