We recently wrote about the ecological impacts of marijuana legalization. The previous day the following article appeared in the Seattle Times. A year prior, The Atlantic highlighted is theme as well in “California’s New Pot Growers: Not at All Earth-Friendly”
The magical notion that legalization will put an end to illegal pot operations is once again exposed as just that–magical.
“People are coming in, denuding the hillsides, damming the creeks and mixing in fertilizers that are not allowed in the U.S. into our watersheds,”
Cartels no longer need to operate in Mexico. They can do it right here. On Federal and private lands, using Federal water otherwise vital for fish, wildlife and other agricultural needs.
This is the ugly secret of California’s Green Rush.