Illegal Marijuana Farms Dump Shocking Amount of Toxic Waste

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Illegal Marijuana Farms Dump Shocking Amount of Toxic Waste

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There’s a harsh downside to the boom in marijuana legalization and use on the West Coast: Illegal marijuana growers are polluting the environment to an alarming degree and threatening the health of people and rare wildlife in the process.

Mourad Gabriel, an ecologist with the Integral Ecology Research Center in northwest California, told Reuters the problem is much worse than researchers and officials previously thought. He estimates illegal marijuana sites on federal land in California contain 200,000 ounces of toxic pesticides.

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