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Officials discuss the environmental impact of marijuana grows

By Mike Mangas
Published On: Sep 04 2013 08:34:33 PM CDT

Sheriff Tom Bosenko got back from a meeting of several agencies on Wednesday in Sacramento talking about how large marijuana grows are having a big impact on the environment in rural areas all over the Northstate.

Beyond the debate over medical marijuana, it is clear that significant environmental damage is being done in rural areas.

Roads are being cut to grow sites without permits, then they are often abandoned once the marijuana is harvested. Growers don't have water rights but agents say they are sucking streams and rivers dry.

Then there are the chemicals: fertilizers, pesticides, rodenticides.

Growers tell the agents that they come to Shasta County because there are no consequences. We will look into that tomorrow night.