Humboldt's Hippie Growers Lament Environmental Damage by Pot 'Miners'

Veteran marijuana farmers say newcomers to Northern California’s pot hotbed use toxic, harmful methods to cash in

“We need to (fully) legalizemarijuana and regulate it as we would any other industry,” he said. “Policymakers need to tell farmers, ‘Go ahead and grow if you comply with environmental standards and with public-health requirements.’”

“No one wants to be seen as soft on drugs,” Greacen said. “But even in California’s most conservative counties, policymakers are now seeing that pot is an environmental problem.”

He believes that within a few years, the industry will be legal and regulated.

Article by: Bill Donahue

Published: January 1, 2014

Published by: Aljazeera American

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