Uti Deva 
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Re: “Greenwashing the War on Drugs

There are some of factual errors in the article: One, the rodenticides are used for wood rats, not mice. Wood rats are herbivores and will harvest the fresh green young marijuana plants, storing the branches in their beaver-like lodges, especially at the beginning of the growing season when they will take the whole start. The mice are everywhere and are no serious threat to the plants. The rodenticides contain ingredients that actually attract the mice and other wildlife. All of which draws in rodent predators who become habituated to the grow scenes because they provide easier prey. What is also under reported is that non-endangered species like owls are getting hit hard by the rodenticides everywhere on suburban and rural lands, not just at grow scenes. Easy fix: ban the anticoagulants as the EPA has been trying to do, but has been thwarted by the maker in court.

Second, the author stated that environmentally responsible growers are reclaiming water. That should have been they are "harvesting and storing winter water"; big difference in technique. Winter water is abundant in northern California, so by building more storage growers can store winter runoff and avoid withdrawing water from springs and streams that support the juvenile salmonids in the summer when it doesn't rain and the plants are being irrigated.

To me water is the most important environmental issue of them all. Coho salmon are on the brink of extinction. I just witnessed the destruction of every single steelhead trout in a tributary watershed near my cabin in southern Humboldt by the cumulative impact of water withdrawals by pot farmers in an exceptionally dry year.

Third, reporters keep including herbicides in their stories of what chemicals are being found and I have never seen any documentation of it being found at a grow scene, nor proof of it being found in runoff from grow scenes. It makes no sense since any herbicide used around marijuana would kill it. Duh, it ain't called weed for nothing. I have yet to see any scientific documentation on runoff from grow scenes. It's time for the media and law enforcement to put up or shut up. They just keep parroting whatever the drug warriors say in their press releases without checking the facts.

Another overblown issue are the charges of clearcuts. They make great photo ops. Yes, there is illegal and sloppy clearing of forest land by the owner/growers and by trespass growers on public and industrial timberlands, but when you look at the big grow scenes on Google Earth, the vast majority of them are around 2 to 4 acres. How soon the public forgets what the clearcuts of yesteryear looked like in northern California where whole mountainsides were stripped of every single living tree save for the required "seed trees". Where were the cops then? Busting the environmental protestors while salmon were being exterminated from their spawning grounds.

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Posted by Uti Deva on 10/14/2013 at 12:34 AM

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