Aug 31, 2015 11:29 AM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Fish and Wildlife officers have recently joined local narcotics teams in inspecting pot farms that are allegedly draining a half million gallons of water a day from Northern California's Eel River.
The inspections are part of a unique state effort to identify growers willing to work with authorities to monitor water use and environmental impacts from marijuana cultivation.
The Sacramento Bee reports Sunday the program is applauded by cannabis advocates who support oversight and permitting of growers under the state's existing medical marijuana laws. But many are angered that police raids on pot farms haven't stopped.
Fish and Wildlife wardens still regularly assist local law enforcement in raids on alleged commercial marijuana growers accused of fouling the environment.
State officials say they have no choice but to pursue both raids of pot farms and the compliance program.
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