The Yurok Tribe, an American Indian Tribe in Northern California is waging war on illegal marijuana grows. The damage caused by these “farms” will take decades to erase, not to mention the theft of water which in drought stricken California is in short supply.
Last month, Scott Bixby wrote an excellent article detailing the amount of water stolen from California. Read his article here.
This is not an issue that just impacts an Indian Tribe in Northern California, it affects us all. The Central Valley of California has been called the “nations breadbasket” due to the amount of food grown here. How much ?
99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots just to name a few.
So the water theft for illegal marijuana growing affects the nation and it affects you. An article in Scientific American details the enormity of the problem.
It really doesn’t matter if you are pro or con concerning the legalization of marijuana, the debate goes on, but in the meantime, California’s water is going up in smoke. These grows are not the long-haired hippie down the street, these illegal marijuana farms are run by drug cartels and gangs. All the more reason to find and eliminate them.
Then there is the environmental damage. Mitch Moxley details the death of fish, bears and all the animals in between. The illegal grows use pesticides banned in the United States, killing wild animals and local pets. That poison keeps on killing, seeping into ground water. These growers have the money to bring in heavy equipment to bulldoze hillsides and decimate creeks and streams.
We can’t just sit here and wring our hands. This is an environmental crisis that needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later.
Please contact the Governor and our legislators. Governor Brown is to be applauded for the help he sent to the Yurok Tribe but there is much more work to do. And kudos to the Yurok Tribe for good stewardship of their land.