MARIJUANA CULTIVATION DAMAGING
THE ENVIRONMENT OF CALIFORNIA
THE CASE STUDY IS THE POISONING OF CALAVERAS COUNTY
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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.
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.
CHECKOUT THIESE STORIES ON POT AND ITS IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT:
Click here to read the story.
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.
Calaveras County Bans Pot Cultivation
Calaveras County has joined all Sierra Foothill Counties in banning marijuana cultivation.
The media has given it wide coverage.
POT INDUSTRY REQUIRES HUGE AMOUNTS OF ENERGY
Read this interesting piece how the pot industry has dramatically increased electricity demand.
University Study Finds Pot Cultivation Hurts the Environnment
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.
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
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.
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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