Illegal Pot Grows on Public Land “a Public Health Time Bomb,” Expert Says

Illegal cannabis cultivation on public land continues to pose a dire threat to waterways and wildlife. The problem is especially stark in the “Emerald Triangle” counties of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity, where officials are now cleaning up after another major bust.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Rich McIntyre, director of the Cannabis Removal on Public Lands (CROP) Project, called it “a public health time bomb ticking.”

“These places are toxic garbage dumps. Food containers attract wildlife, and the chemicals kill the animals long after the sites are abandoned,” he said.

These sites, which divert billions of gallons of water and use toxic rodenticides, don’t just threaten the wild flora and fauna. They’re a threat to legal marijuana grows nearby as well.

Read more at Time Magazine


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