Mexican nationals tied to pot grow on Cuesta Grade

August 27, 2016

Pot pesticides

They divert water from our creeks, they are often armed and they apply toxic chemicals to their marijuana crops endangering the environment and the public. Illegal marijuana growers utilizing dangerous chemicals and violating environmental regulations have planted crops throughout San Luis Obispo County.

On Thursday, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies seized 5,880 marijuana plants they discovered on private property east of the Cuesta Grade near a tributary to the San Luis Obispo Creek. At the site, deputies discovered evidence the growers are Mexican nationals.

Along with trash and other environmental hazards, investigators discovered Carbofuran, an illegal pesticide that they suspect had been applied to the marijuana plants. If ingested by birds and other wildlife, Carbofuran is often deadly. A quarter teaspoon can be fatal to humans.

In 2006, Carbofuran was banned for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because of human health risks and eco-toxicity.

Pot grow Cuesta GradeTo determine if nearby water sources were contaminated, investigators took water samples. Results are expected in approximately 10 days.

In addition, Carbofuran is systemic, which means the pesticide is absorbed by the plant and ultimately ends up in the marijuana products.

Pot growers reportedly poured into the sparsely populated California Valley after a marijuana magazine stated SLO County does not have any regulations and is tolerant of large cannabis grows. Marijuana growers from the Central Valley likened the opportunity to the Gold Rush.

While many San Luis Obispo County residents support marijuana legalization, concerns over violations of health and building codes have some residence seeking stronger oversight.

At a July San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors hearing, Sheriff Ian Parkinson endorsed the proposal of an urgency marijuana ordinance. Parkinson said marijuana growers are causing problems in the California Valley.

The board then directed staff to draft an urgency ordinance that would put a halt to new marijuana cultivation of more than seven plants. Nevertheless, there is a strong possibility the regulation will not pass.

Four votes are needed to adopt the marijuana moratorium, and supervisors Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill have expressed opposition to the proposal. Gibson, and particularly Hill, favor the idea of attracting marijuana businesses to SLO County.


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jimmy_me

And speaking of Mexican nationals… aren’t they the people who pick all the crops in this county? Picking grapes = good. Growing cannabis = bad.


Josey Wales

Folks,


They only come here for a better life.


Their ‘dream’, our nightmare.


Just saying,


Josey


Reject Caren Ray


Pelican1

G & H cannabis cigarettes… available soon at your grocery store, mini-mart, and local watering hole.

For that oh so real “supervisor high” make your next boom boom a G & H!


shudacuda

PC term for illegal immigrant…Mexican National


non_sequitur

Full legalization would stop this sort of idiocy immediately.


Pelican1

Legalization of illegal immigration or bud?????


kayaknut

And getting rid of guns will reduce gun crimes, yeah right……


Ricky2

If you buy street stuff, you’re always getting “high” on carcinogens and all sorts of other nice stuff the greedy dummies who grow this stuff are using. This is one place where “organic” makes a whole lot of sense.


jimmy_me

Illegal pesticides? Where did they get them? Made in USA; exported to other countries. Could this be a problem? Lots of pesticides fall into this category.


SLOnative

In the 1950s this probably wasn’t a probably east of the bean fields in Nipomo. Where are they getting the water on the Grade…from mountain springs?


SloTownMan

Illegal aliens ….. say it isn’t so! Really Mods? How did you let something like this get out????????? I’m in total shock!