California has a reputation for being environmentally conscious. It also has a reputation for being permissive with the use of marijuana. It appears, however, that these two features have not been very compatible when it comes to protecting an endangered species called the Fisher – a weasel-like animal that is being threatened from, of all things, marijuana farming. As reported in the Huffington Post, a recent study conducted by UC Davis found that of 58 dead fishers tested, 46 contained residue of a fatal poison traced to marijuana farmers trying to control rodents – and this has EPA officials very concerned. Time will tell how Golden State residents deal with this peculiarly distinct California dilemma.
May 16, 2013 by Craig Rucker,
Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.