Marijuana in Nevada County |

Marijuana in Nevada County

The Union continues its look at the marijuana industry in Nevada County, where local officers have uprooted 75,000 marijuana plants in more than two dozen cases just this year.

This second of a two-part package appearing in Saturday’s edition of The Union looks at the economic, social, health and environmental aspects of pot. (Friday’s package considered the legal aspects.)

They’re all considerations as Californians prepare to vote on Proposition 19, which would legalize the use and small-scale cultivation of recreational weed.

Today’s edition includes:

• Growers: A San Juan Ridge marijuana farmer who calls himself Joe offers a glimpse into the rewards and the fears of producing what may be California’s most valuable cash crop.

• Economy: Many local businesses depend on sales to pot growers to survive.

• Environment: Large, illegal plantations on public land bring pollution, poaching, tons of trash – and a potential threat to hapless recreationists who may stumble upon them.

• Social: A local church offers teens something else to do on a Friday night besides get high.

• Health: Advocates and critics of marijuana use discuss some of the benefits and harmful effects of its use.

This print-first package will be posted online in its entirety on Monday.

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