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    Pot farms in California: Too dangerous to intervene?

    With parts of Northern California's scenic hillsides illegally gouged by bulldozers for marijuana grows, frustrated local officials asked the state for help to protect streams and rivers from harmful sediment and the chemicals used on the pot plants.
    They hoped to charge growers under federal and state clean water regulations with tougher penalties than the infractions local officials could impose. But they were rebuffed.
    It's too dangerous, the state agency in charge of protecting the region's water said in a letter to county supervisors.
    "We simply cannot, in good conscience, put staff in harm's way," wrote Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board Executive Director Paula Creedon.
    As in many rural counties in California, marijuana farms are becoming more and more plentiful. They proliferate in the high Sierra, where armed Mexican cartel operatives clear wilderness areas, divert creeks and poison wildlife. Other smaller gardens are planted by people operating as collectives by pooling dozens of permits under the state's medical marijuana laws, though many of those are traffickers attempting to skirt the law. State law allows a person with a medical permit to grow roughly a dozen plants.

    Butte County Supervisor Chairman Bill Connelly frustrated that even photos of illegally scraped and terraced hillsides in sensitive watersheds didn't convince the water quality board to act accused the board of not applying the law equally.
    "My concern is that legitimate business people get harassed (by the agency), but illegal people will not be harassed because they get a pass," he said. "They go after the timber industry and farmers."

    Pot farms in California: Too dangerous to intervene? - NBC News.com
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    Turn the place into one big pot farm for all I care.
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    With the draw down in the middle east, our SF people will need someplace to practice and stay sharp.

    It could be like their own training camp with real live targets.
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    We used to put out public warnings telling people not to go hiking. You will NOT come out alive. It is bad down there. I've never seen that level of violence associated with meth (not saying it may be different in other areas).

    The year I left my old area there were 12 officer involved shootings. Most regarding pot. Up here there has been one in 3 years with 6 times the population.
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    I still support removing that wasteland from the union.

    And then physically breaking ties, sending them adrift into the pacific.
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