Kern County destroys $1 billion in marijuana plants disguised as hemp

November 5, 2019


The Kern County Sheriff’s Office destroyed more than 459 acres of marijuana last week, with a value of more than $1 billion. The pot plants had been cultivated under the guise of hemp. []

Even though marijuana and hemp are both members of the cannabis family, they have different levels of THC, the intoxicant in pot, creating vastly different regulations and profit margins. Marijuana sells for four to five times the price of hemp, which is required to have 0.3 percent or less THC.

An investigation by the FBI and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife discovered an alleged hemp grower was actually growing approximately 10 million marijuana plants in 11 fields. Authorities in Kern County then seized and destroyed approximately 10 million marijuana plants.

Jorge Estrada

Good job for the Billion Dollar Boys Club but seriously, I rather see the California Department of Fish and Wildlife do a much better job at protecting the Fish and Wildlife. We have Steelhead streams with illegal diversions and Waste Water pollution that need to be remedied. Selective law enforcement has become the norm to the extent of not knowing what jurisdiction their charter represents. Sure the Feds should do their Fed stuff job but they too have an EPA obligation to protect our fisheries. This could have been disc under and kept quiet but how about the timing of Americans families brutally killed in Mexico?

This may sound a little trite but how about the Fish and Wildlife protecting our streams and the Military protecting our country?


Adam Hill, Bruce Gibson, John Peschong and Jeff Lee don’t give a s**t about the environment when it comes to cannabis. You have to look to Debbie Arnold and Lynn Compton for environmental protection. They don’t take money for votes and don’t ignore solid principles attacked by the left, the right, or in this case, both.


Sorry, but cannabis that come back tested between .4-1% (according to other articles with more information) does not have the same value as cannabis testing in the 20% THC range. Typical cop math will tell you otherwise and also add at least a 10x factor to the final number.

What was grown is called trash… not low enough thc to sell to cbd processors and certainly not high enough thc that any dispensary would consider touching for any reason. So the true value of the crop is $0.


Yeah, that rusty brown weed doesn’t seem like your typical top shelf offering, does it?