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Campaign Against Marijuana Planting Starts Today

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Sonora, CA — Growing marijuana in the Mother Lode just got a little harder according to Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

Today marks the start of California´s 2006 Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) eradication program.

State, local and federal agencies worked together last year to seize more than one million illegal marijuana plans growing on public lands, which set a new CAMP record.

The average raid for the 2005 season netted 4, 800 plants, totaling more than $4.5 billion.

The marijuana growing season starts in min-April with harvests ending in late September or early October.

Pre-season enforcement this year already has resulted in the seizure of more than 50,000 plants, the eradication of nine gardens and the arrest of three people.

Written by Sabrina Sabbagh