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Monday, May 7, 2012

Marijuana Cultivators Buying Foreclosed Homes to Grow

It is no secret that many Americans are struggling with the current state of the economy; people continue losing their jobs and in many cases even their homes. Homes that are foreclosed on are often times sold relatively inexpensively. Medical marijuana is being used to pay for these homes in order for cultivators to have another grow house, according to a new report by the New York Times.

Many of these homes are in high-end neighborhoods where most people would not be suspect says the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). DEA spokesman Rusty Payne stated to the newspaper that, “They’re buying them in places like Northern California, where the real estate market’s really taken a turn for the worse.” Over 70 percent of all marijuana plants confiscated nationwide in 2010 were located in California.

“Ten years ago if there was a grow house, we’d seize all their equipment and lamps, and they would be prosecuted,” Sergeant Jeff Bassett of the Vallejo, California, Police Department, told the newspaper. “Now the chances of being caught, or of being prosecuted if you are, are substantially less than they were 10 years ago.”

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