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Maine delegation calls on DOJ to help with illegal marijuana operations

After a series of busts of illegal Chinese-owned marijuana-growing operations in Maine, the state's congressional delegates are now calling for more help from the federal government.

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In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, Senators Susan Collins and Angus King as well as Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden are renewing their call for more support from the U.S. Department of Justice.

They sent a similar memo to Garland last summer in response to alleged illegal Chinese-owned marijuana growing operations in Maine.

According to the delegation, police have seized more than 4,400 cannabis plants in four different busts just this year.

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“We write to follow-up to our August 23, 2023, letter regarding reports of a memo that was produced and circulated by Border Patrol officials over alleged illegal Chinese marijuana growing operations in the state of Maine. Since that time, there have been multiple raids across the state; since the beginning of this year, police have arrested eight people and seized more than 4,400 cannabis plants at four growing sites in Belgrade, China, and Cornville, Maine,” the delegation said.

Maine Delegation Sends Follow Up Letter to DOJ Urging Crack Down on Chinese-Owned Marijuana OperationsClick here to view the PDF file.

In the memo, the lawmakers are also asking what action the DOJ is taking to address the operations and what support the department may need from Maine agencies to crack down on them going forward


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