Overwhelmed by illegal pot, Oregon county declares emergency

Illegal marijuana grows have been a persistent problem throughout the West, even in states that have legalized pot. A county in southern Oregon says it is so overwhelmed by illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, appealing to the governor and the Legislature’s leaders for help. A megadrought across the West has created urgency as illegal growers steal water, depriving legal users including farmers and homeowners of the increasingly precious resource.

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