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OCTOBER 22, 2019: POT GROWING LEGALIZED AGAIN IN  CALAVERAS COUNTY!

Calaveras County had banned the commercial growing of pot in 2017 but now three County Supervisors, Jack Garamendi, Ben Stopper and Marita Callaway with the support of the Pot Growers, have approved actio to bring it back. It is clear any such move requires a new Environmental Impact Report. For example, county ordinances do not deal with obnoxious oder of marijuana. Other states like Washington and Oregon, as noted on this web site, have strict oder controls. 


The County Supervisors are totally ignoring the findings of Cultivating Disaster as well as many other studies by other groups including UC Berkeley. 


A major legal challenge is being mounted that challenges the use of a poorly written EIR to justify the new legalization. Check out www.stopcalaveraspot.org

Read this story in the Calaveras Enterprise for details.



Editors Note

There has been a lot of hype about pot being safer than alcohol to the contention that it will bring great riches to governments that legalize it. As we get more experience with legalization  facts tell us something else. Experts find pot use fuels violence in psychotic people is through its tendency to cause paranoia. Also more and more pot is sold illegally denying governments the revenue they expected. Checkout these two great stories in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.


NEW YORK TIMES VETERAN REPORTER: MARIJUANA MUCH MORE DANGEROUS TO HEALTH THAN YOU THINK


SMALL POT GROWERS AREN'T MAKING IT: OVER PROMISES ON AMOUNT OF REVENUE FROM LEGALIZED POT: NEW YORK TIMES


CHECKOUT THIESE STORIES ON POT AND ITS IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT:


  CALIFORNIA COURT CONFIRMS BAN ON POT CULTIVATION IN CALAVERAS COUNTY  


UK'S GUARDIAN REPORTS CALIFORNIA POT CULTIVATION WILL CREATE A NEW ENDANGERED SPECIES


ANOTHER BIG RAID FINDS DESTRUCTION BROUGHT BY POT FARMS IN THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS


SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE REPORTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION CAUSED

 BY POT GROWERS.

Click here to read the story. 


WASHINGTON POST DESTROYS MYTHS ABOUT MARIJUANA USE

Check out this piece just published by Washington Post  and written by Judith Grisel  a neuroscientist Bucknell University, Much of the myths promoted by pot growers and their high paid PR firms are unmasked. 



More Calfornia Counties are finding the negative impact of pot growing.

Check out this story on California's Wine County in Sonoma and Napa.


THE FAILURE OF ENVIRONMENTALISTS TO CONFRONT IMPACT OF POT GROWING



THE IMPACT OF POT GROWERS: VIDEO

Watch this Video with Calaveras County Supervisor Dennis Mills 

as he takes you on tour of one polluted site. 


Calaveras County Bans Pot Cultivation 

Calaveras County has joined all Sierra Foothill Counties in banning marijuana cultivation. 

The media has given it wide coverage.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/17/calaveras-county-once-pot-friendly-bans-marijuana/


POT INDUSTRY REQUIRES HUGE AMOUNTS OF ENERGY

Read this interesting piece how the pot industry has dramatically increased electricity demand. 

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060036287


University Study Finds Pot Cultivation Hurts the Environnment

https://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/news/2017/10/cannabis-crop-expansion-threatens-wildlife-habitats

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171031202705.htm



Download the Report

Cultivating Disaster: 

The Effects of Cannabis Cultivation 

on the Environment of Calaveras County


Prepared by The Communications Institute 

Commissioned by Calaveras County Supervisor Dennis Mills


This report was carefully researched and includes data and background from officials from federal, state and local government. It has been heralded as really the first clear presentation of the ecological damage of the cannabis growing in the Sierra and rural areas on the environment.


Supervisors from 12 counties and numerous members of Congress and the State Legislature including their staff 

are now relying on the clear facts brought by this report. 


 It also includes a 30 page bibliography of articles from leading academic and media organizations.


We are pleased that Ascent Environmental, the author of the county's own EIR, commented on our report  “…the document provided by Supervisor Mills is considered to be an accurate accounting of the literature and information available regarding unregulated, illegal, illicit and potentially trespass cannabis operations.'"  The Ascent Analysis said the  environmental problems were caused by only illegal grow sites. That is an error by the environmental firm since our report deals with both legal and illegal grows.






About Us

Protecting the Environment: Delivering the Truth

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Silent Poison seeks to bring the truth about the serious environmental damage Marijuana cultivation has brough to our state's forests and hills: The Cultivating for Disaster  Study lays out the facts about the serious ecological damage caused by marijuana cultivation

Marijuana Sites: legal and Illegal

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Estimates of marijuana growing sites justin Calaveras County are as many as 1200 with projected clean up costs in the millions, if not billions of dollars according to top experts. There are thousands of more sites in Sierra Foothill counties.

Keeping Rural California Clean and Beautiful

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We need public policy that protects the environment and quality of life of Calaveras County and other rural counties including local government, the state of California and the US Government.

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