Another blogger posts his experience with a grow operation, ruining Los Padres National Forest. These introduce invasives, cause erosion, reroute scarce water and dramatically increase fire danger, not to mention personal danger from growers who may be carrying weapons. This has been a problem everywhere but particularly in Los Padres, as you can read here.
Why is this going on? Because we've created a black market. When you can grow and buy it legally, like you now can in Colorado and Washington (where civilization is still chugging along just fine), there's no incentive to do wilderness-damaging stuff like this.
Next time legalization is on the ballot...here's yet another reason to vote Yes. Conservation. Take these guys' market away from them.
Loudoun Preserve (5.596 miles/ 9.000 km)
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