Regenerative farming is one of California’s leading-edge weed concepts right now. Hot on that movement’s heels comes the enforcement-side proposition that the illicit operations on public lands must be stopped to save the planet.
“Next to climate change and habitat loss, trespass grows are a leading threat to California’s wildlife,” said Jackee Riccio, regional field director of the CROP Project, of the illegal farming. “What is happening is equivalent to ivory poaching or whaling.” Yipes.
- In one Trinity County reclamation operation last year, the Integral Ecology Research Center dismantled 12 illegal cannabis cultivation sites in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, removing eight miles of irrigation lines that diverted water from local watershed along with 7,560 pounds of trash.
- Once California — which easily leads the nation in trespass grows — gets as proactive about integrating traditional growers into the legal cannabis framework as South Africa, they are likely to disappear.
- According to OZY, “Up to 70 percent of the black-market cannabis in California is cultivated on illegal sites.” Ruling out squat growing, which isn’t an actual thing, 30% of the groceries are cultivated with cooperation of legal types. Possibly self-righteous ones who complain about the “black market” on social media.