Woody’s article has some really cute quotes from Natalyn DeLapp, EPIC’s executive director, such as when she says:
“It’s just been really sad, actually, really sad to see what’s happened to the environment and a lot of work people have put into restoration efforts, to see those things unravel because people continue to bulldoze hillsides for clearings to grow more cannabis.”
And THC agrees, it has been really sad. It’s just as sad for DeLapp to proclaim, in the same interview, how much EPIC is doing to combat the ill-effects of marijuana cultivation when we know that just isn’t true.
Here’s a quote from Woody’s article that we think should make environmental groups feel especially ashamed.
“Ironically, the decline of the timber industry helped spur the rise of an environmentally destructive marijuana industry. As the sawmills closed, out-of-work loggers began growing pot, while Humboldt’s old logging families began to sell off their timberlands to outsiders who would subdivide the property and sell to other marijuana growers. “The old-timers are up against a rock and a hard place as they’ve got taxes to pay on their land but it’s not economically feasible for them to log it anymore,” Dillon says. “So they sell, and the only person sitting on the other side of the table is a pot grower with a lot of cash.“”
We very much encourage giving Woody’s article a full read. You can find our previous posts on the Green Rush here and here.