"Over the course of a year, in just one national forest in California, raids on illegal marijuana growing operations yielded 19,710 pounds of infrastructure, 138 ounces of restricted poisons, 4,595 pounds of fertilizer, 12 gallons of common pesticides, 5.6 miles of waterlines, and 102 propane bottles. Even as efforts to legalize marijuana accelerate, such "trespass grows" spread exponentially--as does their effect on the environment. The nature of this impact on the land and in the political arena is the pressing issue addressed in Where There's Smoke. This first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary anthology draws on the insights of scientists, researchers, and activists and ranges across the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences to explore the troubling environmental consequences of illegal marijuana production on public, private, and tribal lands. Classified as a Schedule 1 drug, marijuana has been a central focus of the so-called War on Drugs--with the perverse result of shifting marijuana production from Mexico to the United States and with unanticipated consequences for the natural environment. Where There's Smoke assesses the broad spectrum of the policy's effect on land and water, flora and fauna, as well as the firsthand challenges faced by those tasked with responding to this tangled and often dangerous state of affairs. In its broad scope, varied perspective, and depth of detail, the book will prove essential to an understanding of the complex social and environmental ramifications of marijuana policy and politics in the United States."--
Foreword / by Representative Jared Huffman -- Introduction -- part one. Growing problems -- Cannabis agriculture in California : the environmental consequences of prohibition / Anthony Silvaggio -- Ecological impacts across the landscape : trespass marijuana cultivation on western public lands / Greta M. Wengert, Mourad W. Gabriel, J. Mark Higley, and Craig Thompson -- Effects of illegal marijuana cultivation on wildlife : pesticide exposure in a native carnivore and consequences for the species' survival / Craig Thompson, Mourad W. Gabriel, Greta M. Wengert, and J. Mark Higley -- The marijuana green rush Is anything but green : a report from the Hoopa tribal lands / J. Mark Higley, Greta M. Wengert, Dawn M. Blake, and Mourad W. Gabriel -- Managers' perceptions of illegal marijuana cultivation on US federal lands / Jeff Rose, Matthew T.J. Brownlee, and Kelly S. Bricker -- part two. Downwind consequences -- Mission Croy Road : gunmen, a K9, and a pack mule named Stanley / John Nores Jr. -- Double bind : the intractability of undocumented immigrant trespass marijuana grow operations in US national forests / Amos Irwin -- Southern exposure : marijuana and labor in the Appalachians / Hawes Spencer and Char Miller -- part three. Regional varieties -- Low, slow, and in control : Colorado's experiment with legalized recreational marijuana / Courtenay W. Dawn -- Legalized, regulated, and taxed : how Oregon's marijuana measure went mainstream / Anthony Johnson -- "This is democracy held hostage" : cannabis in the capital / Karen D. August and Char Miller -- Cannabis legalization in California : a long and winding road / Amanda Reiman -- Afterword : reading the tea leaves / Char Miller and Anthony Silvaggio
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