California’s illegal pot business is booming

From the street, it looks like a goat farm. From above, Riverside County, California sheriff’s deputies saw something else. Four massive white tents, known as hoop houses, containing $1.5 million in illegal marijuana plants.

“The illegal industry is competing with the legal industry and essentially putting them out of business,” says Sgt. James Roy, head of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s 12-person marijuana eradication team.

“This place is no different than thousands of others we hit this year confiscating about a half-million plants in Riverside County alone,” Roy said.

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996,

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California’s business exodus soared in 2021, report finds

A recent report from the Hoover Institution highlighted the ongoing exodus of companies pulling their headquarters out of California to escape the Golden State’s high tax and regulatory environment. 

According to the report, released on Oct. 25, California business headquarters in 2021 left the state at twice their rate in both 2020 and 2019 and at three times their rate in 2018. 

FILE: In an aerial view, shipping cranes stand at the Port of Oakland in front of the San Francisco skyline on October 24,

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