Pubdate: Sat, 29 Dec 2012
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2012 Los Angeles Times
Author: Amy Woflburg
Page: A19


Re "Pot farms take dirty toll," Dec. 23

Some years back I purchased a copy of biologist George Wuerthner's 
guide "California's Wilderness Areas: Mountains and coastal ranges." 
As a Southern California native, I was not familiar with geographic 
locales outside my immediate area, so reading the volume and looking 
at the beautiful color photos instilled an incredible sense of 
fascination with California's far north and its incredibly rich 
biodiversity and unspoiled splendor. It made me realize that pristine 
areas of the state, untouched by humans, still exist.

Needless to say I was horrified, sad and angry after reading how our 
natural resources and wildlife are being destroyed by reckless and 
greedy criminal elements. Why should we allow this rape of our 
environment to continue?

If marijuana were legalized and regulated, this detestable rampage of 
our natural environment would stop. Until then, the federal 
government needs to step in and provide more resources - either in 
the form of money to provide for restoration or National Guard troops 
to patrol our public lands - to combat this menace to our state.

Amy Woflburg, Los Angeles
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