As the economy struggles along and the solution — legalization — remains political kryptonite, federal law enforcement authorities continue to eradicate weed, the nation’s only real viable cash crop. Instead of taxing and regulating pot, the policy is to slash and burn it. Raw Story reports:

Federal, state and local law enforcement in the seven states have eradicated more than 578,000 marijuana plants from public lands. The DEA estimates the value of this marijuana to be well over $1 billion,” the Justice Department statement said.

What’s not announced is the cost it took to make all those seizures and the amount of legit revenue it could have generated.

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