Marijuana

Why is this California sheriff suddenly interested in ‘environmental crimes?’
Why is this California sheriff suddenly interested in ‘environmental crimes?’
Law enforcement takes center stage in Siskiyou County’s fight over who can, and can’t, use land and water.
How marijuana, legal and not, is reshaping the West
How marijuana, legal and not, is reshaping the West
A 4/20 roundup of the industry’s trials, triumphs and political conundrums.
For cannabis farms, ecosystem science is scarce
For cannabis farms, ecosystem science is scarce
An interview with an ecologist studying the West’s emerging, and rarely researched, industry.
Hmong Americans in Northern California fight wildfire — and distrust
Hmong Americans in Northern California fight wildfire — and distrust
Wary of local authorities, a community forms an ad-hoc firefighting force to defend its property.
A California county spars over water, marijuana law and race
A California county spars over water, marijuana law and race
Tasked to map an enigmatic aquifer for future water management, scientists confront political and scientific uncertainty.
Illegal marijuana grows are stealing from California’s scarce water
Illegal marijuana grows are stealing from California’s scarce water
As drought grips the Golden State, water thefts have increased to record levels. The most common offender: illegal pot farms.
Cannabis has a carbon problem
Cannabis has a carbon problem
The burgeoning marijuana industry gobbles up electricity.
Investigation: Illegal cannabis operation looks for roots in Indigenous communities
Investigation: Illegal cannabis operation looks for roots in Indigenous communities
High Country News and Searchlight New Mexico confirmed that Dineh Benally, who set up illegal ventures on the Navajo Nation, attempts new operations in South Dakota.
Elections in the West highlight divisions and diversity
Elections in the West highlight divisions and diversity
Justice, power and environment: The 2020 elections were defined by grassroots organizing and deep partisanship.
How the West’s wildfires impact crops
How the West’s wildfires impact crops
Wine grape and cannabis growers try to assess the invisible damage of ash and smoke on their harvests.
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Decriminalization campaigns follow a Denver ballot initiative to regulate shrooms that passed last year.
Bankrupt bigly; coal’s demise; shoplifting job applicant
Bankrupt bigly; coal’s demise; shoplifting job applicant
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
A high alpine weed grower’s unusual harvest
A high alpine weed grower’s unusual harvest
Rob Trotter’s vision continues to deteriorate as he works on his marijuana farm in Gypsum, Colorado.
Black women rewrite weed’s legacy in Los Angeles
Black women rewrite weed’s legacy in Los Angeles
Entrepreneurs find opportunity and community in what was once illegal.
Why Compton said no to legal marijuana sales
Why Compton said no to legal marijuana sales
The California city tries to move on from a painful history scarred by illegal drugs.
The Forest Service’s battle against illegal marijuana farms
The Forest Service’s battle against illegal marijuana farms
Drug cartels on federal land pose enormous environmental and financial costs.
Public banking goes to pot
Public banking goes to pot
California activists turn to the cannabis industry to help launch the nation’s first public bank in nearly a century.
Rural economies get high on legal cannabis
Rural economies get high on legal cannabis
For some small Colorado communities, recreational marijuana is generating much-needed revenue.
Pot growers put huge energy demand on the grid
Pot growers put huge energy demand on the grid
Utilities should view legalization as an opportunity, not a threat.
Illegal marijuana cultivation is devastating California’s public lands
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