This is what $2 million in wasted marijuana plants looks like
With the Union of B.C. Municipalities hosting a study session on decriminalizing marijuana at its annual convention, let's just take a moment and enjoy this photo shared by the RCMP. What we're looking at is a large outdoor marijuana grow operation in the Chehalis River Valley.
How large? Over 2,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $2 million.
Of course, this grow op ain't in business anymore. Agassiz RCMP and the Coordinated Marijuana Enforcement Team "dismantled" it on September 22.
So, that's $2 million up in smoke. It's a very crude calculation, but 12-percent HST on that marijuana—if farmed by a legalized industry, though the price might be lower—would have netted $240,000 for the B.C. and Canadian governments. Food for thought while you're sucking on that bong tonight.