Increased Use Of Highly Toxic Pesticides At California’s Illegal Marijuana Farms Poses Threats To Water Supply
State drug agents confirmed that 89 percent of the sites this year were contaminated by the chemicals, some of which are so strong it takes only a quarter teaspoon to kill a large bear.
The Associated Press:
Toxic Pesticides Found At Most Illegal California Pot Farms
Nine of every 10 illegal marijuana farms raided in California this year contained traces of powerful and potentially lethal pesticides that are poisoning wildlife and could endanger water supplies, researchers and federal authorities said Tuesday. That’s a jump from chemicals found at about 75 percent of illegal growing operations discovered on public land last year, and it’s six times as high as in 2012. (Thompson, 8/28)
In other news —
4 Arrested After 50,000 Marijuana Plants Found At Tulare County Home
Four people were arrested after 50,000 marijuana plants were discovered at a home in Terra Bella on Tuesday, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said. After serving a warrant in the 7100 block of Road 236, detectives allegedly found the plants, two pounds of processed marijuana, and a large amount of trash, pesticides and herbicides. (Panoo, 8/28)