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Environmental Crime and the Marijuana Industrial Complex: Ecology, Public Health and the Question of Prohibition

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Environmental crime and the mythology of the benign drug: an analysis of the ecological and health impacts of the marijuana industrial complex in the Pacific Northwest.


Marijuana has often been portrayed as an “ecologically benign” drug by both users and advocates of legalization. This paper critically evaluates this claim by focusing on the ecological and public health impacts of the marijuana industrial complex on rural communities in what is known as “the Emerald Triangle”. Through interviews with law enforcement, growers, medical marijuana advocates, environmentalists and community members the paper examines the legal context in which the underground marijuana industry emerged and how it has transformed the social and ecological landscape of the region. Using law enforcement data, this research concentrates on identifying the nature of environmental crimes committed, the impacts on public resources, and the legal responses available to law enforcement when confronting this expanding underground industry that has taken hold in economically depressed rural communities. It is argued that public policy changes such as increased government regulation and an end to prohibition offer the most promising remedies to reducing future environmental crimes in this region.
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Silvaggio, Tony. "Environmental Crime and the Marijuana Industrial Complex: Ecology, Public Health and the Question of Prohibition" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco, California, Nov 16, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p432544_index.html>

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Silvaggio, T. , 2010-11-16 "Environmental Crime and the Marijuana Industrial Complex: Ecology, Public Health and the Question of Prohibition" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco, California <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p432544_index.html

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Abstract: Abstract
Environmental crime and the mythology of the benign drug: an analysis of the ecological and health impacts of the marijuana industrial complex in the Pacific Northwest.


Marijuana has often been portrayed as an “ecologically benign” drug by both users and advocates of legalization. This paper critically evaluates this claim by focusing on the ecological and public health impacts of the marijuana industrial complex on rural communities in what is known as “the Emerald Triangle”. Through interviews with law enforcement, growers, medical marijuana advocates, environmentalists and community members the paper examines the legal context in which the underground marijuana industry emerged and how it has transformed the social and ecological landscape of the region. Using law enforcement data, this research concentrates on identifying the nature of environmental crimes committed, the impacts on public resources, and the legal responses available to law enforcement when confronting this expanding underground industry that has taken hold in economically depressed rural communities. It is argued that public policy changes such as increased government regulation and an end to prohibition offer the most promising remedies to reducing future environmental crimes in this region.


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