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,