Marijuana has been grown, used and sold in Mendocino County for over 50 years. In 2008, the county contracted with Wagenet Enterprises, my consulting firm, to research and report on all impacts to the county related to marijuana. They wanted positive, negative, educational, environmental, economic, medicinal, law enforcement, etc.
We interviewed professionals in related fields and citizens on the street. We researched the evolution of the law and what effect that had on the impacts. We conducted anonymous online surveys.
Most people had opinions, hard data and passions about part of the topic. The results were presented in an informational symposium, which was videotaped. The results were posted online for 2 years, then archived.
The video clips were uploaded to YouTube – all 41 of them – representing 4 hours worth of concentrated information on the topic. Much of the data is still relevant today. For those interested and patient enough, the links are posted at the end of this page.
The highest agreement among those surveyed was the negative impacts of large trespass grows that diverted water and/or poisoned the environment.
I decided to do something about that and found a way to accomplish the task with the Mendocino County Blacktail Association (MCBA). I wrote a $78,000 grant to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for helicopter reclamation on either public or private lands. It was accepted and will be implemented this summer, 2014.
We do not publish videos of our work for security reasons, but the US Forest Service recently posted a short clip of a similar day’s work.
See the video to the left how the US Forest Service does this job.