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January 3, 2018

Legal pot puts focus on environmental impacts

  • A 2017 study found that marijuana grows are more damaging, plot for plot, than commercial logging in Northern California forests.
  • By ELLEN KNICKMEYER
    Associated Press

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At a recent state briefing on environmental rules for growers entering California's marijuana trade, organic farmers Ulysses Anthony, Tracy Sullivan and Adam Mernit listened intently, eager to make their humble cannabis plot a model of sustainable agriculture in a notoriously destructive industry dominated by the black market.

    In line with a 2017 study that found marijuana grows are more damaging, plot for plot, than commercial logging in Northern California forests, Anthony said he has seen too many destructive grows. Trash-strewn clearings. Growers heaping fertilizer at the foot of a centuries-old sequoia tree, needlessly endangering it. Wild streams diverted for irrigation.


     
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