Cannabis and human trafficking

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Cannabis and human trafficking is a severe problem as illegal farms exploit vulnerable immigrants, paying them little and taking them away from their children. As explained by NBC News in September 2022: [1]

As more states legalize cannabis, law enforcement officials say they are seeing an uptick in black market operators using suspected human trafficking victims to grow and trim marijuana sold in legal dispensaries.

NBC News describes a raid on an illegal cannabis farm in California that discovered Chinese nationals who had been enticed from New York.[1]