(AP) _ Funding for Vt.'s marijuana eradication program has
declined and so has the number of domestically grown plants that
have been destroyed.
Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn says resources are better
spent fighting an opiate trade that fuels burglaries, pharmacy
robberies and other crimes.
The budget for the so-called cannabis eradication program has
dropped from $34,000 in 2011 to $25,000 in 2012 and 2013. Fifteen
years ago the yearly budget was $60,000.
Eradication numbers also are down. Drug Enforcement
Administration statistics show that 1,500 outdoor and indoor plants
were destroyed last year, compared to 4,000 in 2010. About 6,400
were eradicated in 1998.
Arrests related to the discovery of the marijuana cultivation
also have declined.