SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California’s coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say – an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows.
State fish and wildlife officials say much of the marijuana being grown in northern counties under the state’s medical pot law is not being used for legal, personal use, but for sale both in California and states where pot is still illegal.
This demand is fueling backyard and larger-scale pot farming, especially in remote Lake, Humboldt and Mendocino counties on the densely forested North Coast, officials said.
Yeah, that’s a problem, all right: around the North Coast, they’re damming streams to suck up water for the plants, and they’re using ungodly amounts of pesticides and fertilizers, which further mess things up. It’s kind of amusing that so many of the lacto-vegan-gluten-free types are willing to inhale pesticide-laced pot, and many of the Save The Planet™ nutters have no apparent issue with poisons being spread around to keep rodents from eating the pot plants (and subsequently reaching streams to poison fish).
The hypocrisy is amazing.