Target: California Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Keep salmon on the Pacific Coast safe from the consequences of nearby medical marijuana farms
The Emerald Triangle in Northern California is the largest marijuana farm area in the United States, and the salmon off the coast are suffering from the effects of the farming. The Salmon off the coast of Northern California who had been thriving after recently recovering from endangerment are again being threatened by the methods of cultivating marijuana. These methods of farming must be improved before the salmon in this region become extinct.
The cultivation of marijuana in the Emerald Triangle involves logging, haphazard farming methods, and an abundant use of water which would otherwise belong to the salmon. California has recently been experiencing a drought, so the fact that much of the already scarce water supply is going to marijuana farming is very harmful to the fish. Pesticides used on the marijuana are also running off into the scarce and valuable salmon water. On top of that, marijuana farming is a practice that is not even regulated. The fact that it is not regulated makes it even more likely that the procedures are done in a manner that are harmful to the environment.
Although the medical marijuana industry has been highly beneficial to the United States since becoming popularized, it is imperative that we make improvements in the methods of marijuana farming so it does not continue to harm the environment. Marijuana farming needs specific rules and regulations to become a successful and beneficial industry.
Please sign the petition below to ensure that these improvements are considered:
Dear California Environmental Protection Agency,
The marijuana farms in the region of California known as the Emerald Triangle have been very prosperous and beneficial, but have also been causing harm to local waters and specifically the fish living in those waters. As an unregulated industry, the farming procedures for marijuana have been somewhat shoddy, harming the environment during the process.
The salmon off the coast of Northern California are suffering greatly from the Northern California marijuana farms. The runoff from the pesticides used for the marijuana is entering the local water to be directly ingested by the salmon. In addition, this polluted water is also fairly scarce due to the recent California drought. Marijuana cultivation involves large amounts of water which is being taken away from the salmon. The salmon population has been slowly dwindling in this area which is tragic considering the Northern California salmon had recently been thriving after recovering from endangerment.
It is important that we protect this salmon population by improving the marijuana farming procedure. Marijuana farming is currently unregulated which means that it is likely currently much more detrimental to the environment than it would if a few regulations were enforced. We ask that you fervently pursue these changes to ensure the health of the environment and the local salmon population.
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