these are really important and a big deal. people need to understand that when they purchase weed grown illegally, it often has negative ramifications on the communities it comes from.
these large grows on tribal lands have made it dangerous or impossible for tribal members to hunt and gather traditional plants and medicines in some places (particularly women seeking materials needed for baskets or regalia), compromised access to sacred sites, poisoned animals and water sources, and exacerbated problems with drug-related violence & gangs. my dad and my brother have been shot at while riding their bikes through the woods, we have found multiple illegal grows people started on our land, and the rates of shootings, domestic violence, and substance abuse have skyrocketed in our region as the drug industry grew, in the wake of what is now pervasive and chronic poverty and lack of opportunity.
weed does NOT exist in a vacuum, and is NOT a harmless plant. and don’t even talk to me about legalizing it unless you also have substantive plans to address the poverty, unemployment, and wealth/opportunity gaps that created and maintain this situation in the first place.
From 07-21-2014 to 07-24-2014, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs, California Department of Justice, California Fish and Wildlife Service, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, Yurok Police Department and Eureka Police Department in eradicating marijuana grows on Yurok Tribal Land and adjacent properties. The 35 officers served twenty Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrants and nine Tribal Court search warrants during the four days. A total of 12,898 marijuana plants, over 300 pounds of processed marijuana and seven firearms were seized. Officers located extensive environmental damage at several search warrant locations, along with California Fish and Wildlife violations. No arrests were made.