In some states, Drug Enforcement Agency funds for seeking and destroying marijuana plants have not amounted to money well spent, according to an Oct. 7, 2016, analysis on The Washington Post’s Wonkblog.
Last year, the DEA sent $20,000 to New Hampshire for a pot plant eradication program, but the state’s law enforcement agencies found one growth site with 27 plants.
That’s $740.74 per plant, according to Wonkblog writer Christopher Ingraham.
The outcome in Utah was even worse. The DEA sent $73,000, and state law enforcement agencies found not a single plant.
The DEA program’s stated purpose is to “halt the spread of cannabis cultivation in the United States.” It received $14 million this year, which is $4 million less than 2014.
The program can claim some successes. Last year, the DEA sent about $5.4 million to California, where law enforcement officers nabbed 2.6 million marijuana plants and 1,600 weapons.
The same program sent $1.9 million to Kentucky, where state agencies grabbed approximately 570,000 plants.