An elite law enforcement team is battling foreign drug cartels that operate in Northern California, wreaking havoc on the environment and producing pot tainted with toxic chemicals. The ABC7 I-Team has stunning video of the special ops unit in action.
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LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST (KPIX 5) - It's a massive crime scene, deep in Lassen National Forest. Through dense ground cover and brutal terrain, federal agents are making their way to what might well qualify as an industrial-scale farm operation. There are living quarters, kitchens, bathrooms and trash dumps, all for the purpose of growing a lot of marijuana.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday that he was rescinding an Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, prompting quick pushback from at least two Republican senators from states that allow its use.
Researchers, law enforcement and others are raising alarms about toxic chemicals used on illegal grow sites in mountain forests and foothill areas of California where people grow and process marijuana, including Calaveras County and the Stanislaus National Forest. There's concern for more damage to watersheds, wildlife and water supplies, more
San Andreas, CA...Breaking News...Calaveras Board of Supervisors just voted to ban commercial cannabis cultivation in the county. The vote was 3-2 after a motion failed for a vote on the regulation ordinance. The vote was Tofanelli, Mills & Clapp for the ban.
MODESTO -- (KTVU) -- Chemicals being used to boost the growth of illegal marijuana plants on California state park land could also pose a threat to animals, water supplies -- and possibly threaten humans, officials say.
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In California, the crop ranks between lettuce and grapes; total sales in the state, according the Los Angeles Times, will top $21 billion by 2021. In Colorado, where marijuana is also legal, revenues stood at just over $1 billion last year, adding $2.4 billion to the state's economy.