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Republicans Begin Investigation of American Marijuana Farms Backed by Chinese Money

According to a new report, senior House Republicans have now requested a briefing from the Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration regarding the proliferation of illicit Chinese-backed marijuana farms throughout the United States.

Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), House Homeland Security Committee Chair Mark Green (R-TN), and Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX) request a meeting with the DHS and DEA on Friday to discuss the status of efforts to combat the proliferation of Chinese marijuana plantations.

Higgins serves as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Border Security and Enforcement, while Pfluger presides over the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Law Enforcement, and Intelligence.

“The Committee on Homeland Security (Committee) is growing increasingly alarmed by the number of illicit Chinese-operated marijuana farms that have been seized by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies across the United States. Many of these illicit grow operations work in conjunction with transnational criminal organizations,” the letter sent by the representatives reads.

The Republicans require the agencies to provide a schedule for briefings by January 25.

In recent years, marijuana operations backed by China have proliferated throughout the United States, including significant drug busts in New Mexico and Maine, where the Border Patrol reportedly discovered 270 billion-dollar-worth of illegal marijuana grow operations.

Republicans in the House of Representatives have been investigating Chinese efforts to influence the United States and disseminate propaganda across the nation.

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