ONDCP finds no link between cartels and national forest marijuana grows
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After years of law enforcement blaming Mexican cartels for marijuana grow operations on public lands in California, the ONDCP has finally admitted that they could find no connections between these grow operations and cartel groups.
Tommy Lanier, director of the National Marijuana Initiative, part of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said there was scant evidence that the cartels exerted much control over marijuana growing in the national forests.
"Based on our intelligence, which includes thousands of cell phone numbers and wiretaps, we haven't been able to connect anyone to a major cartel," he said.
Lanier said authorities have long mislabeled marijuana grown on public land as "cartel grows" because Mexican nationals are arrested in the majority of cases, and the narrative of fighting drug cartels helps them secure federal funding."
No wonder why the American people don't trust the ONDCP when it comes to all things marijuana.