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Pot Farms Wreaking Havoc on Northern California Environment

Environment  (tags: ecosystems, environment, destruction, conservation, water, pollution )

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Burgeoning marijuana growing operations are sucking millions of gallons of water from coho salmon lifelines and taking other environmental tolls, scientists say.

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Christeen A (376)
Friday December 28, 2012, 4:17 am
Smoke a joint or protect wildlife? No brainer-protect wildlife.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday December 28, 2012, 4:26 am
That Marijuana plantation looks more like a rubbish tip. Seems like just reading about this has addled the brain.
Do they really need so much of the stuff as to endanger salmon lifelines and taking other environmental tolls?

John B (185)
Friday December 28, 2012, 5:46 am
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Joe Mozingo. Since growing weed is still illegal why haven't the farms been raided and the growers charged with what I would think to be multiple crimes. Read and noted.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:43 am
If this was legalized federally and heavily regulated and taxed, this situation could be remedied.

Gene J (290)
Friday December 28, 2012, 9:58 am
Good grief, is there nothing we cant ruin? Even what should be a harmless, and legalized, crop must use the same toxins killing wildlife and creating horrible diseases in children we use everywhere else? I'd go with the regulated and taxed idea, Dan and Tina, but that doesn't stop those toxins from being used on agricultural products now and those same chemicals from leaching into our soil, water table and air, causing childhood cancers, autism, all these diseases children suffer from now that didn't exist pre artificial fertilizers. We're killing ourselves and our children and we don't even know it.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Friday December 28, 2012, 11:53 am
One day they will "get the munchies" and realize the damage they have done when there is no more smoked salmon.

. (0)
Friday December 28, 2012, 11:57 am
Will we ever get anything right? Now that growing pot has turned into a "business", it has become just another destroyer of the environment. This will eventually slap the wrists of the growers.

chris B (44)
Friday December 28, 2012, 12:40 pm
Where's the petition to sign to stop this?!

Yvette S (35)
Friday December 28, 2012, 12:43 pm
Thanks for sharing

Yvonne White (229)
Friday December 28, 2012, 2:13 pm
"Because marijuana is unregulated in California and illegal under federal law, most growers still operate in the shadows, and scientists have little hard data on their collective effect."
So these are NOT Legal, "green" or SAFE to anything or for anyone! Legalize the pot Federally & Oversee REAL Organic growers! Just bad-mouthing all dope growers to upset "environmentalists" is bad journalism. That "site" looked more like what the Feds show Illegal Immigration camps supposedly look like. Pot can grow wild, without any "help" and "greenhouses" shouldn't need any insecticides!
Lousy farming practices mean poor, if not useless, crops.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 28, 2012, 2:17 pm
Legalize it!

Jane Mckenzie (20)
Friday December 28, 2012, 2:59 pm
what a waste

Margo R (14)
Friday December 28, 2012, 3:39 pm
We just can't get anything right!!!! If this is still illegal, do something about it and if not, than try to figure out a way
to protect the land and the salmon.

Tammy Taylor (12)
Friday December 28, 2012, 4:42 pm
I was sort of leaning towards legalizing pot, but now I'm not so sure ... no such thing as common sense these days! Truly ... what is this world coming to ... is it too late?

Lin Penrose (92)
Friday December 28, 2012, 4:43 pm
Noted, thanks Cal. If marijuana is legalized as a drug or some other label, will the majority of the negative effects of getting the product to the 'markets' be sanitized and controlled? Such as pesticides, herbicides and other 'cides's that are used for production of legal drugs?

The information this article presented is horrible. Warning information should be given to each marijuana consumer about the poisons used, and all the 'side effects' to the environment and terrible loss of other species lives. The same should be said for many other products we humans grow for our incredible consumptions.

Becky B (0)
Friday December 28, 2012, 5:14 pm
How accurate is this article? Is this credible or just a few farmers? Most who farm also smoke and I can't really believe that any grower uses such lethal chemicals on a regular or large basis.. these types of articles always look very one sided and not a true representation of the growers as an entire group.

Nikhil Dutta (2)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:25 pm
The.environment shoukd always be taken into.account

MmAway M (503)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:05 pm
Duh...dude pass the joint and forget about the environment and animals period. All about me and MY TIME. Oh just shoot me!

Pamela C (75)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:32 pm
Believe it, Mori. I live in the valley below where they bring the crop down to distribute and sell. I'm angry. These are anyone from Mexican cartels to white cracker supremists who want to turn a buck to buy their guns. They don't give a damn what they hurt, they go in and grown and trash and then leave. They kill any innocent hiker that happens on their grow area. At the least, they leave a huge amount of trash for someone else to deal with, primarily the taxpayers.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:33 pm
It,s a shame to wreck the forest ,hope they will find who did this and throw him in jail !

Sheila D (28)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:44 pm
Legalize pot and you regulate how it's grown. If we don't allow all these poisons on our legal crops, then we wouldn't have to worry about all the illegal crap going on in our forests because it would be out in the open. The war on drugs is not working and hasn't worked for a very long time.

Hartson Doak (39)
Friday December 28, 2012, 9:13 pm
make pot legal and this will go away

Jaime Alves (52)
Friday December 28, 2012, 9:44 pm

wayne hall (3)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 12:10 am
Think of the land not your pockets, clean up after yourselves keep it clean keep it Green. PIGS..

Michael Berry (4)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 12:29 am
If it were legalized, then we could grow a plant or two in our back gardens for our own use. All this pollution and mess is caused by farmers for profit. No matter what the crop or animal that is farmed, farmers create pollution, cause deforestation and suffering.

Robert O (12)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 1:08 am
Thanks Cal.

Juergen M (1)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 5:28 am
Well, it's not nice if people throw their garbage into the woods, stop this ... but hey, this happens everywhere not only where you have made this photo, but it's good to mourne over the pot-heads ... don't forget the real environmental disasters which are really going on on this planet earth. Look into Monsantos GMO, meat production, egg production, atomic plants, .... and so on and on it goes ... I do grow my own absolutely organical without any herbizide, insectizide or fertilizers, there is indeed no garbage at all ... peace.

pam w (139)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 10:01 am
DEREGULATE marijuana!

Remove laws against private growth.

Regulation/legalization is a ridiculous idea because marijuana is a PLANT! It's not a concoction of's an HERB!

Why should the government come snooping into my garden, admire my cilantro and my basil and then rip out my marijuana?

(And, by the way, I used to accompany a fisherman who loved mountain streams. He'd fish & I'd pick up trash that the fishermen had tossed aside. It's NOT just marijuana growers.)

Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 10:17 am

Terry King (113)
Monday February 10, 2014, 6:31 am
I live in the "Emerald Triangle" and I will take the complaints about pot growers stealing water more seriously when they start closing golf courses and stop people from growing lawn grass.
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