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The Environmental Costs of Growing Pot


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A bowl of medicinal marijuana is displayed in a booth at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California.
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A bowl of medicinal marijuana is displayed in a booth at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California.

The rise of medical marijuana and resulting boom in pot farms has stressed the delicate habitats of California's North Coast and other regions. Scientists say marijuana farmers are spraying pesticides, removing trees and siphoning water. We'll discuss the ecological impacts of this growing industry.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Anthony (Tony) Silvaggio, lecturer in the department of sociology at Humboldt State University, and an environmental sociologist with the newly formed Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research
  • Charley Custer, marijuana grower and co-founder of the Tea House Collective, a collective of Humboldt farmers who grow organic, sustainably farmed cannabis
  • Mike Jakubal, documentary filmmaker, environmental activist and 20-year resident of Humboldt County
  • Scott Bauer, staff environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Game
  • Scott Greacen, executive director of Friends of the Eel River, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the Eel River and tributaries

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