Marijuana In Mexico
Soldiers walk through the biggest marijuana plantation found in Mexico, in San Quintin, about 350 km (220 miles) away from Tijuana, July 13, 2011. Mexican soldiers discovered the plantation in a remote desert surrounded by cactuses, a top army officer said on Thursday. Soldiers patrolling the area found 300 acres (120 hectares) of pot plants being tended by dozens of men on Tuesday, said General Alfonso Duarte. Picture taken July 13, 2011. Reuters/Jorge Duenes

The Police in Mexico's northern state of Chihuahua found and destroyed 301.5 tons of Marijuana, Reforma reports. The crops occupied a combined area of 32,808 square feet with an average plant height of six feet. The massive crop plantation was found near the town of Namiquipa in the state's north. The operation was a combined effort involving police forces, the Mexican military and the Attorney General. In the last two weeks, state police has been able to destroy 437 tons of the plant in Bocoyna, El Sauz and Namiquipa, reports.

Marijuana has recently reemerged into debate across Mexican society and government after a recent proposal to decriminalize the drug. Proposals have included setting up cannabis clubs and a tolerance of up to 30 grams (just over 1 oz). The debate in the Senate sparked huge demonstrations in the nation's capital over the weekend in support of the bill. Mexico City has long been at the forefront of progressive laws. How this will affect the growing of marijuana on a large scale around the country, such as the plantation discovered in Chihuahua, remains to be seen.

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