Federal Cannabis Plant Seizures and Arrests Increased in 2020

According to data published by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, federal law enforcement agents and their partners seized approximately 4.54 million cannabis plants in 2020 – a nearly 20 percent increase over 2019’s totals. Law enforcement also reported 4,992 marijuana-related arrests, up slightly from 2019 (when agents reported 4,718 arrests). The overwhelming majority of plant seizures (82 percent) and the most arrests of any state (40 percent) nationwide took place in California.