The Times podcast: How illegal cannabis smoked California
California voters legalized cannabis in 2016, which was supposed to solve much of the violence and environmental wreckage associated with the drug’s illegal trade. But that hasn’t happened. Instead, the reality of legal weed in California is huge illegal grows, violence, worker exploitation and even deaths.
Inside California’s famed “Emerald Triangle,” a region north of San Francisco known for its weed, there are an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 illegal cannabis farms in just one of the three counties that make up the triangle alone. The under-the-radar cultivation is causing big problems for once-peaceful communities. Today, we get into the issues caused by illegal cultivation. Read the full transcript here.
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guests: L.A. Times investigative reporter Paige St. John
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