Helicopters Over Humboldt: USA Today Went for a Ride
“Looking around Humboldt County, it’s easy to see how marijuana money drives this economy, from the high number of fertilizer dealers to the stores selling equipment to trim the plants for sale. One estimate from a local banker said fully 25% of the entire county economy is marijuana-related.” USA Today, California’s illegal marijuana farms force cops to wield ‘green’ stick
An article out this afternoon in the USA Today talks about how law enforcement is now using environmental laws as part of their arsenal of weapons to deal with black market marijuana grows. Reporter Trevor Hughes rides along in a helicopter with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department marveling at the large grows.
Much of the article recaps old news to Humboldt County residents–the environmental damage caused by some grows, the possible large profits, and the how closely the county’s economy is linked to the marijuana industry. But he does highlight some points that are less well-known. He states, “Now growers find themselves targeted by cops accompanied by code inspectors. While criminal cases can take months or years to wend their way through the court system, civil violations are far easier to prove.”