California Growing too Much Marijuana, Can’t Get Rid of Surplus

California’s marijuana growers are producing far more pot than is consumed in-state, and will be forced to reduce crops under new regulations that ban exports, the Los Angeles Times reports.

But some pot farmers will likely remain on the black market and send marijuana to other states anyhow, activity that’s also illegal under federal law, warned Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers’ Association.

“We are producing too much,” Allen told the Sacramento Press Club during a panel discussion, the Times reported, adding that state-licensed growers “are going to have to scale back”.

Estimates have put California production at five times the state consumption; one consultant in the audience said the number may be 12 times what is consumed in the state.

Medical marijuana use was approved by California voters two decades ago. Voters last November approved the legal sale and possession of an ounce of marijuana for recreational use.

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