(Update!) EPIC, other groups move to stop Richardson Grove project; still ignoring impacts of marijuana growing on our rivers

Wouldn’t you know it, the horrible environmental impacts of cannabis farming on our local forests and waterways is garnering national attention. Check it:

Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

So why aren’t our local environmental groups jumping all over marijuana growers?

Oh yeah – because they are largely supported by money from illegal cultivation.When they aren’t actively growing/selling it themselves, or advocating for laxer pot-growing regulations.

Funny how that works.

From the Reuters’ article linked at the beginning of this post:

“Ecologist Mourad Gabriel, who documents the issue for the Forest Service as well as other state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, estimates California’s forests hold 41 times more solid fertilizers and 80 times more liquid pesticides than Forest Service investigators found in 2013.”

“Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California’s national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.”

“The most toxic sites cost as much as $100,000 to clean up, leaving taxpayers with a bill that could reach $100 million or more in California alone.”

“”They are like superfund sites,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Escobar, whose Fresno office has filed numerous marijuana-related environmental damage cases. Superfund sites are those targeted by the U.S. government for hazardous waste cleanup because of the risk to human health or the environment.”

Here’s a link to the full post:

EPIC, other groups move to stop Richardson Grove project; still ignoring impacts of marijuana growing on our rivers

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2 Responses to (Update!) EPIC, other groups move to stop Richardson Grove project; still ignoring impacts of marijuana growing on our rivers

  1. I agree. Guess whom else is failing us? 4 of 5 anti-regulation conservative Supervisors. Special interest Democrats like Matthew Owen, Richard Marks and Hezekiah Allen, property rights advocates, our local real estate, construction and developers.

    What all these people and groups share, to include EPIC under prior leadership (hope springs eyernal) is vested interest in Weed Inc.; from land values to property- based income to the spiraling economy based on that income.

    Glad to hear you will be supporting cautionary voices like Baykeepers Jen Kalt or Friends of the Eel Tiver’s Scott Greacen or Fish and Wildlife biologist Gordon Leppig.

    Also glad to hear you will help to defeat 2 of the Supervisors who have fostered this anti-regulatory governing philosophy in Humboldt. Or am I missing something?


  2. Rusty says:

    Simple answer. Cal Trans, Aka tax payers have deep pockets that Evo’s can go after in the event they actually win in court. Not so in a Civil court if they attempt a suit against outlaw grower’s. And I’m not sure if you can actually sue yourself.


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