Yes, they are illegal. But they’re also becoming increasingly dangerous.
ABC News reports Toxic pesticides found at most illegal California pot farms:
Nine of every 10 illegal marijuana farms raided in California this year contained traces of powerful and potentially lethal pesticides that are poisoning wildlife and could endanger water supplies, researchers and federal authorities said Tuesday.
Carbofuran is a potent pesticide. One drop of liquid containing 1% carbofuran is enough to kill a cockroach.
It’s so strong its banned for use on most crops. And the crops which it is used on are tough crops like alfalfa and rice.
For marijuana investors though, this is welcome news.
Think about it like this.
What’s the best way to get California authorities to focus on you?
Growing marijuana illegally is probably a good way. But it’s still California. Not that big a deal to them.
However, if you choose to use hefty pesticides capable of having a major impact on the state’s limited water supply, you’re asking for trouble.
In the long run, getting rid of illegal marijuana farming and heavily regulating (California-style!) legal marijuana farming is a very good thing for established legal marijuana companies.
California -- and it’s nearly 40 million residents – is the great hope for many marijuana companies. But only those companies with both the funding and the know-how to navigate the regulations will be able to turn the California legal marijuana market into true fortunes.