Drought hits NorCal pot farms
July 25, 2013
Drought conditions in Northern California may be prompting marijuana farmers to evacuate, leaving behind tens of thousands of dollars worth of pot cultivation. (San Jose Mercury News)
Law enforcement officials report finding fields of pot with no one tending them, and showing signs of a lack of water.
In one instance, deputies found and destroyed 12,000 plants in a raid which also netted equipment, fertilizer, and a shrine to La Santa Muerte, a figure commonly venerated by drug smugglers who supposedly protects them from arrest.
Many of the Northern California fields now being discovered are being culled by Mexican nationals, who plant crops on public land and simply disappear when the law shows up.
The area in May was assigned a level of “moderate drought” by the National Weather Service but the dry conditions have not yet affected legitimate crop production.