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Illegal Cannabis Grows on Federal Lands in Oregon and Washington Have Declined

Illegal Cannabis Grows on Federal Lands in Oregon and Washington Have Declined

Josh Jardine | May 16, 2019

Among the bad things cannabis prohibition wrought was the environmental damage brought on by illicit growers who secretly set up shop in our big, beautiful national forests. These growers weren’t striving for permaculture—no Clean Green organic certification in these operation. In fact, one of the not-so-secret shames of the cannabis industry is that illegal grows on national forest lands were tremendously destructive to the soil, water, and wildlife because of heavily concentrated fertilizers, pesticides, and generators that leak oil and gas. There was also the danger of stumbling onto such a grow, which usually weren’t being tended to by tie-dye-clad hippies who believe in love.

A new study shows that the establishment of adult-use cannabis programs in Washington and Oregon has had an impact on the number of illegal grows on federal lands. But the decline in the number differs in each state, for some interesting reasons that speak to how regulatory agencies should take a broader view of cannabis use as a way to better achieve their stated goals.

https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2019/05/16/26476595/illegal-cannabis-grows-on-federal-lands-in-oregon-and-washington-have-declined?fbclid=IwAR3FaKQh9EDRaBzXx6AxU0D5GEbONlE2kHoLK8B-uMHQP__6nrK9DVXD3Yg






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