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California Cracks Down on Illegal Pot Grows, Pesticides

The state announced new efforts to fight the "catastrophic" environmental impacts of Mexican drug cartel marijuana operations.

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Illegal marijuana growing projects on California public lands have been a problem for decades, but in recent years, the Mexican drug cartels officials say are running many operations have begun using a highly toxic pesticide that is poisoning state wildlife. Officials announced a new crackdown on the pot operations this week to protect the national forests’ ecosystems.