California voters legalized hashish final decade. So why is the unlawful market extra profitable than ever?

California voters legalized hashish in 2016, which was supposed to unravel a lot of the violence and environmental wreckage related to the drug’s unlawful commerce. However that hasn’t occurred. As a substitute, the truth of authorized weed in California is large unlawful grows, violence, employee exploitation and even deaths.

Inside California’s famed “Emerald Triangle,” a area north of San Francisco recognized for its weed, there are an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 unlawful hashish farms in simply one of many three counties that make up the triangle alone. The under-the-radar cultivation is inflicting massive issues for once-peaceful communities. In the present day, we get into the problems attributable to unlawful cultivation. Learn the complete transcript right here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Company: L.A. Occasions investigative reporter Paige St. John

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