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How Industrial Pot Growers Ravage the Land: A Google Earth Tour

Environment  (tags: environment, Pot Growes, destruction, land, tree cutters, habitat destruction, forests, trees, water, nature )

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No place in America is better known for marijuana growing than Northern California's Humboldt County. The same forgiving climate and rugged terrain that gave rise to ancient redwoods (and decades of frenzied clear cutting) has brought about a "green rush"

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Dee C. (220)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 2:40 pm
The same forgiving climate and rugged terrain that gave rise to ancient redwoods (and decades of frenzied clear cutting) has brought about a "green rush"—of pot growers looking to tend rows of Afghani Goo or Sour Diesel strains in remote canyons or ridge-lines far beyond the reach of the feds.

Erstwhile loggers can earn much more than they ever did splitting trees. By one recent estimate, cannabis accounts for more than a quarter of Humboldt County's $1.6 billion economy, a share that's likely to grow with the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in nearby Washington state. But the pot economy's need for land and water has sparked a whole new wave of environmental problems.

In this video, made with hi-res satellite images from Google Earth, Anthony Silvaggio, an environmental sociologist with Humboldt State University's new Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, exposes the extent of the devastation wrought on private forest land by industrial-scale grows:

See map at site..

Nyack Clancy (540)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 2:43 pm
I'm just hoping Monsanto doesn't get their hands in the mix, because we haven't see anything yet!

Sue H. (6)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 4:58 pm
Most of these huge grows show blatant disrespect for the environment.... greed ($$$) being more important than the destruction of the land.

Carla L. (127)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 3:14 am

Penny C. (89)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 5:34 am
Thanks Dee.

Tom Tree (236)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 6:22 am

Leslie G. (77)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 10:51 am
Noted, shared and tweeted. Thanks Dee.

MmAWAY M. (481)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 3:06 pm
Now this is distressing to say the least! I always thought Pot smokers were for the Earth and PEACE...Once government took control it is sadly gone into a Sad State of Affairs! xx Thx hun

Autumn Away S. (151)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:16 am
noted, thanks Dee

Giana Peranio-Paz (405)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:44 am
Noted, thanks Dee.

Ruth L. (328)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:26 am
What a mess ;( Thanks for posting.

Pogle S. (88)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:37 am
With the re legalizing of hemp comes regulation. What you have now is the result of more than 50 years of prohibition. I love smoking pot and keeping it illegal keeps your prisons brimming. Great business model for the insane!

Ram Reddy (7)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:42 am

Pogle S. (88)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:44 am
With reference to my earlier comment please watch this video
Made me laugh but it is not at all funny!

Frans Badenhorst (573)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:28 am
thanks for posting Dee....greed makes people do incredible things hey

Monday February 18, 2013, 2:58 am
Legalize it, regulate it, and turn it over to big tobacco and independent growers. The profit / economic incentives will virtually put an end to illegal production and by doing so will benefit the environment.

And we may just kill two birds with one stone. The environment will recover and big tobacco will have a viable outlet other than promoting and selling a known carcinogen.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:00 am
Noted , Thanks Dee .

Rose Becke (294)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:19 am
Legalize it

Care member (1)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:23 am

paul m. (93)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:45 am


Past Member (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:05 am
Interesting, thanks.

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 3:18 am
I was talking with a cop stationed at McDonalds. He told me cars driven by intoxicated drivers cause far more deaths than guns. He also told me he, himself, had never found an auto accident caused by someone on pot.It's the alcohol.

We both agreed too much money is spent on fighting pot. And pot doesn't, in itself, do any harm,

Dee C. (220)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 7:56 am
One..this will never end illegal production..And anyone who think otherwise is only fooling themselves..There is always a pusher that will produce and sell to those underage..

And Zee while I respect your opinion..please know that just one cop does not state the facts..Look up the stats on car accidents..and yes death by car accident with/by those who are just alcohol involved whatsoever..

Right here in my county..and many of the surrounding county's.. there have been several incidences..Only thing found in their blood was pot/thc..
I have a lot of P.O.'s in my family..not one of them have ever said what you say that cop said..

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