A Michigan State Police program, Operation HEMP is a domestic marijuana eradication/supression program that started in 1983. It is grant funded by the Drug Enforcement Agency and is a cooperative effort between state, county and local law enforcement agencies.
Illegal marijuana grow operations are popular in Michigan because of its fertile land and remote areas, according to State police. Private land used to grow the drug are subject to state and federal forfeiture laws, and the criminal response has been to grow the plant on publicly owned land or to trespass onto private land, according to State police.
When undercover officers from the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team perform their annual sweep for marijuana plants this year, it will be business as usual. Michigan’s medical marijuana
law will have no affect on Operation Help Eliminate Marijuana Plants, a yearly search by ground and air for illegal plants, BAYANET Lt. Mark Uribe said. Operation HEMP is done during the growing season, and officers in years past have pulled hundreds of the plants in Clare and Isabella counties.
Because the medical marijuana law requires Patients and Caregivers to keep plants grown outdoors under lock and key, officers searching for illegally grown marijuana will be able to distinguish between the two, Uribe said. Read the full story here.
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