Illegal Marijuana Grows Attracting International Investors

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on February 11, 2015 · 0 comments

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Marijuana grows in Northern California are attracting investors from all over the globe—but not in a good way. Detectives say that the mountains of Humboldt County have always been a hotspot for growers, but now that marijuana is legal and surpasses any other plant as California’s number one cash crop, illegal growers are everywhere.


A grow busted last year—400 pounds of marijuana and nearly 2,000 plants—was coordinated by Bulgarian nationals. Police say these illegal growers are leveling hills, siphoning water from public streams and clear cutting 100-year-old redwoods to grow more. The environmental destruction isn’t the only problem–with illegal growers come illegal firearms.


For local police, it’s frustrating, since policy changes regarding marijuana have resulted in cut budgets for marijuana enforcement. So often, when police find illegal growing operations of this scale, they can arrest the suspects, like the 16 Bulgarians, but then no charges are filed because marijuana enforcement is no longer a priority.


California law restricts growing activities to 12 immature plants, 6 mature plants, or 8 ounces of dried marijuana per patient, so even collectives and cooperatives are limited to the total amount of marijuana they can grow. In addition, many counties and cities have prohibited outdoor growing altogether in some areas to prevent theft, violence and environmental damage. Federal law supplies stiff penalties for possession of more than 99 plants, so most cooperatives stay below that number, even if they have the patients to justify growing more marijuana.


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