California Gives Up on the Illegal Cannabis Market: More of the Same

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Last week, California’s Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) released illegal market enforcement data for quarter 1 of 2024. It’s become a new tradition of mine to compare this quarterly data and see whether the state is actually doing anything to fight the illegal market (for example, see my posts for Q4 2023, Q3 2023, and Q2 2023).

What does California’s Q1 2024 data show?

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the enforcement data published by the DCC from Q1 2024 as compared to Q4 2023:

Q1 2024 Q4 2023 Search warrants served 18 24 Pounds of Cannabis Seized 31,866 13,393.65 Retail Value of Cannabis Products Seized $53,620,600** $22,294,571.41 Cannabis Plants Eradicated 54,137 20,320 Firearms Seized 11 26 Money Seized $34,858 $35,195.25 Arrests 4 Not published

[**Note that the DCC’s Q1 2024 data does not have the same chart as prior data sets, and some of the data points were characterized differently. For example, the amount of cannabis allegedly seized was referred to as the “retail value” in Q3 2023, but not

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