Despite legalization, illegal pot farms continue to scar public lands in California.
- In 2018, California law enforcement confiscated 1.4M plants and broke up 889 outdoor grows.
- Even so “illegal grows are still rampant across wide swaths of the national forests in California, leaving behind a trail of garbage, human waste, dead animals and caustic chemicals. Nearly all of these farms are the work of Mexican drug trafficking organizations, posing dangers not just for the environment, but to hikers and others who might encounter them.
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