California voters legalized cannabis in 2016, solving much of the violence and environmental debris associated with the drug trafficking. But that hasn’t happened. Instead, the reality of legal weed in California is huge illegal growth, violence, exploitation of workers, and even deaths.
Inside California’s famous “Emerald Triangle,” an area north of San Francisco known for its weeds, only one of the three counties has 5,000 to 10,000 illegal cannabis farms that make up the triangle alone. Under-the-radar farming is creating big problems for sometimes peaceful communities. today, We get into the issues caused by illegal farming, Reading Full transcript here.
host: gustavo arellano
guest: LA Times investigative reporter Paige St. John
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