Not so ‘green’ after all: Pollution from illegal California marijuana farms is forming toxic waste dumps that span thousands of acres
- In California, illegal marijuana farms are taking over thousands of acres of land as toxic wastes are increasingly corrupting ecosystems
- California is responsible for the majority of illegal U.S. marijuana farming
- New data says the state holds ‘731,000 pounds of solid fertilizer, 491,000 ounces of concentrated liquid fertilizer and 200,000 ounces of toxic pesticides.’
- The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced in 2011 its planned to ban toxic fertilizers like zinc phosphide
- Chemicals of the kind have been linked to serious health effects in both animals and humans
PUBLISHED: 03:48 +10:00, 8 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:26 +10:00, 8 August 2017
Illegal marijuana farms are taking over thousands of acres of land as toxic waste continues to corrupt ecosystems in areas along the West Coast.
According to a new report accessed by Reuters, the state of California, which is responsible for more than ’90 percent of illegal U.S. marijuana farming,’ has shown a drastic increase in the use of nationally restricted fertilizers and pesticides such as carbofuran and zinc phosphide, ecologists say.
‘Increasingly, dangerous, unregistered pesticides are being encountered by law enforcement officers who investigate illegal marijuana grows,’ Special Agent-in-Charge of the Environmental Protection Agency criminal enforcement program, Jay M. Green, announced in a public release.