Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

8/6/17–Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California’s national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital. Ecologist Mourad Gabriel, who documents the issue for the Forest Service, estimates California’s forests hold 41 times more solid fertilizers and 80 times more liquid pesticides than Forest Service investigators found in 2013. Read