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US prosecutor prioritizes illegal California pot

SACRAMENTO (AP) -- The top U.S. prosecutor for northeastern California says he'll prioritize black market marijuana rather than going after the state's newly legal pot market.

U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said Tuesday that there is so much illegal weed being grown on federal lands and trafficked to other states that he doesn't have the resources to target the world's largest legal recreational marijuana market.

Federal law still bans pot, but Scott says he'll focus on interstate trafficking, organized crime and damage to U.S. public lands.

The Trump administration appointee announced that U.S., state and local authorities will target the illegal grows with $2.5 million in federal money.

The money is driven by concerns about an alarming increase in the use of a banned and highly toxic pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California.

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