Illegal marijuana grow busted in Burbank, nearly 1,200 plants seized

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2020 Monitoring the Future study, which tracks substance use in adults ages 19-22 each year, found that marijuana use that year was at its highest level recorded since the 1980s.

In 2020, 44% of college students reported using marijuana in the last year, compared with 38% in 2015. Of that number 8% admit to daily or “heavy” usage. (Marijuana use on 20 or more days within a 30 day period is considered “daily” or “heavy” marijuana use.) As for young adults not enrolled in college, usage numbers stood at 43% which is the same level as recorded in 2018 and 2019.

Another study, published in January 2022 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, found that the prevalence of cannabis use—not frequency—was actually down during the pandemic among a small sample size of college students. Researchers concluded that dependent vs. independent living was a major factor here, stating, “Living with parents appears to be protective against frequent cannabis use.”

BURBANK, Wash. — Nearly 1,200 marijuana plants and 713 lbs of processed pot were seized from an illegal operation uncovered in Walla Walla County near its meeting point with the Tri-Cities.

According to the Walla Walla Police Department, the seizure took place around 9:30 a.m. PST on Sept. 19, 2022. Detectives from the region’s Drug and Gang Task Force teamed up with the Washington State Patrol Cannabis Eradication Response Team (CERT), Washington State Patrol (WSP) SWAT Team and the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) Task Force.

Together, they executed a search warrant at a property in the 100-block of Dusty Rd in Burbank. These teams located 1,191 illegal marijuana plants plus the aforementioned marijuana that was processed and ready for sale/consumption.

However, authorities did not specify whether they made contact with any connected individuals at the scene. It’s unclear if anyone has been arrested as a result of this bust.

This operation was established as part of an ongoing investigation from the CERT into illegal growing operations. Backup was provided by other regional law enforcement officials, though specific agencies were not named.

Although the sale of marijuana is legal in Washington state, there are strict regulations that have been installed through state law to ensure that these operations are being conducted safely and fairly.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are made public.


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