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Are The National Forests Simply Becoming Big Pot Farms?

Posted by nationalforestlawblog on August 21, 2010 at 12:26 PM

As visitor use, logging, and recreation continues to decrease based on more and more environmental restrictions, the National Forests are becoming the perfect spot for solitude.  Solitude, of course, is the perfect place to grow illegal plants like marijuana.  Mexican drug cartels are growing the drug in National Forests throughout the country.  Last week we learned about the massive operation in the Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin.  The operations included acres and acres of marijuana plants.  The growers had clear cut the trees in order to provide more light for their plants.  They also had a stash of weapons meant to be used to protect there crops.  You can read more about the ongoing clean up in Wisconsin from the AP and WBAY.

Now the Red Bluff Daily News is reporting of another massive pot farm in the Mendocino National Forest.  This bust netted over 166,000 plants.

These stories are just the tip of the iceberg.   You can find similar stories from different forests in the country almost every month.  This really begs the question of whether the forests are even safe anymore.  If hikers or hunters were to have stumbled upon these pot farms while the growers were tending them, is there any doubt that they'd be dead?  If only the environmental groups could target there efforts at eradicating the pot farms instead of worrying about whether some dirt from a logging road ran off into the bushes during a rainstorm.  

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