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Official: More marijuana grown on public land


MADISON (WKOW) -- Officials say they are seeing larger marijuana-growing operations on public lands.

David Spakowicz with the Division of Criminal Investigations at the state Justice Department says over the last two years the number of operations has remained the same, but those operations involve more plants.

Last week, a hunter found around 8,000 marijuana plants growing in the Navarino Wildlife Area in eastern Wisconsin. Authorities last year discovered  9,000 plants in a national forest in northern Wisconsin.

DCI special agent Jeff Kostner says a reason marijuana growers might use public land is the fact that the government can seize private land, but he says using public lands increases the risk that someone could stumble across the operation.


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