Operation Green Merchant

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Operation Green Merchant was a nationwide investigation and operation targeting businesses advertising specialized horticultural equipment that was supposedly used to grow cannabis in the 1990s.[1][2][3]


The DEA had decided to investigate the advertising inside the High Times and Sinsemilla Tips with the goal of shutting down the blooming indoor marijuana industry using United Parcel Service records to trace deliveries of indoor growing equipment and seeds.

The three key targets of Green Merchant were the High Times magazine, Sinsemilla Tips magazine and the Holland's Seed Bank owned by Nevil Schoenmakers.[4]

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  1. ^ Johnston, David (October 27, 1989). "119 Seized in Drive to Halt Indoor Marijuana Growing". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  2. ^ Boyd, Ray (October 14, 2005). "Operation Green Merchant". Cannabis Culture. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Roth, Jason (June 12, 1994). "High Times Is Feeling Mellow at 20". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  4. ^ Gorman, Peter. "Operation Green Merchant: The First 18 Months". TOTSE. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013.

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