DOJ questioned by Maine delegation about illegal grow sites
In Maine, the state’s congressional delegation has contacted the U.S. Department of Justice, urging action In response to a recently surfaced report suggesting the existence of significant illegal marijuana growing operations in Maine. This memo, referencing a yet-to-be verified government letter, claims there could be upwards of 270 unregulated Chinese-backed marijuana growing operations in Maine, with a potential value exceeding $4 billion. According to reporting from Portland Press Herald, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s policy prevents them from commenting on potential leaks.
Maine has 144 licensed and legal grow sites with only 89 active today. The report suggests that Maine’s legal grow sites could be outnumbered by illegal operations connected to foreign investments. At this point in time there is no public evidence that directly links any high-profile illegal operations in Maine to Chinese investors. Federal officials have not yet confirmed the authenticity of the memo, which was originally published by the Daily Caller News Foundation.