Here’s some laws we love and hope they will implement with gusto in order that public land isn’t mis-used and polluted by unlawful growers….
From the workplace of Congressman Jared Huffman:
Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) issued the next assertion after he and Reps. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Hal Rogers (KY-05), TJ Cox (CA-21), and Doug Lamborn (CO-05) launched the Protecting Lands Against Narcotics Trafficking (PLANT) Act. This laws gives assets to assist native, state, and federal legislation enforcement eradicate unlawful marijuana grows on public lands and establishes a fund to restore land that has been broken by unlawful cultivation actions.
In 2018, native, state, and federal officers accomplished a year-long unlawful marijuana eradication effort often called Operation Forest Watch. The effort resulted within the seizure of 82 firearms, 638,370 crops, and over 103,603 kilos of trash, pesticides, and chemical substances. The most regarding discovering was the truth that 89% of web sites have been confirmed to have traces of carbofuran or methamidophos, pesticide elements which can be prohibited within the US.
“Trespass marijuana grows are increasing throughout my district and the U.S., making forests and other public lands unsafe for working and recreation, threatening endangered wildlife, and contaminating rivers and streams,” mentioned Congressman Huffman, who represents the “Emerald Triangle” of Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties in northern California. “As state laws evolve to promote safe and legal marijuana growing operations, it’s important that we address the immediate threat to public safety and the environment posed by illegal trespass grows. Building on the success of our bipartisan PLANT Act of 2013, this new legislation provides local authorities with the tools needed to not only eradicate illegal grows, but effectively clean up the damage done.”
“Our public lands are being abused and held hostage by drug traffickers with large-scale grow operations often run by international cartels. Marijuana legalization efforts in many states have done nothing to reduce the number of illegal trespass grows. Not only is this a clear danger to the public, but it is also harmful to the environment. Illegal pesticides, illegal water diversions, and the killing of animals has created immeasurable damage. The PLANT Act helps support efforts to combat these illegal grow sites while creating a fund to restore the damaged land. Law enforcement is ill-equipped to safely clean up these grows, but this bill gives them the resources to do it. I thank my colleagues for their support on this bill to eradicate these illegal grows and make our public lands a safer place for both wildlife and recreators,” Congressman LaMalfa mentioned.
“Illegal marijuana cultivation on public, protected lands is unacceptable. Many of these illegal trespass grows use pesticides that threaten our wildlife and pollute our water. Moreover, they exist at the expense of legal cannabis producers who support our economy and follow the law,” mentioned Congressman Carbajal. “The PLANT Act imposes penalties on activities that harm our environment and public health and then uses those funds to restore the public lands damaged by the activity. I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of this bipartisan, commonsense solution.”
“For far too long, our rural, forested federal lands have become cultivating grounds for the largest illegal cash crop in the country – marijuana. Illicit drug dealers have been banking off of federal lands that are often difficult to access. The PLANT Act will provide much-needed resources to advance our skilled cannabis eradication teams who are overwhelmed by the high rates of illegal trespass grows across the country,” mentioned Congressman Rogers. “I’m pleased to join my colleagues, Reps. LaMalfa, Huffman, Lamborn, Carbajal, and Cox to introduce this commonsense legislation.”
“Illegal marijuana grows operated by heavily armed international drug cartels are destructive to our public lands and dangerous to the public. Left unchecked, these operations illegally divert water and dump toxic waste into our streams, rivers, and lakes. That’s why I am proud to co-sponsor the bipartisan PLANT Act to help law enforcement authorities eradicate illegal grow sites and remediate the public lands they have damaged,” mentioned Congressman Cox.