Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program

The Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program is a Drug Enforcement Administration-funded program to eradicate cannabis in the United States. DEA began the program in 1979 during the War on Drugs. In the first few years of the Reagan administration, the program expanded from seven states to forty.[1] By 1985 it was active in all fifty states.[2]

Results of the program vary by locality. In 2015, agents pulled 2.6 million cannabis plants in California, 27 in New Hampshire, and zero in Utah.[3]

As of 2018, the program continues alongside various degrees of legalization or decriminalization in all but three U.S. states.

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  1. ^ Massing 2000, p. 164.
  2. ^ Domestic Cannabis Eradication / Suppression Program Archived 2018-04-05 at the Wayback Machine (DEA official website)
  3. ^ Ingraham, Christopher (October 7, 2016). "The DEA spent $73,000 to eradicate marijuana plants in Utah. It didn't find any". Wonkblog. The Washington Post.


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