Feds Target Marijuana Black Market, Oregon Overproduction

New guidelines take aim at illegal grow sites


Federal prosecutors will target the illicit marijuana market, organized crime, outlaw grows and operations that “pose a substantial risk of violence” under new guidelines for cannabis enforcement in Oregon.

Billy Williams, the U.S. attorney for Oregon, heard from property owners across the state upset about the cannabis industry’s drain on natural resources. Williams also singled out pesticide use on illegal growing operations and consumption of large amounts of water without “proper authorization” as additional priorities.

Gov. Kate Brown has pressed Williams to pledge he won’t go after legal marijuana businesses, but he said, “I will not make broad proclamations of blanket immunity from prosecution to those who violate federal law.”