Weather could drive marijuana growers to lower elevations

first_imgIt’s been a cold, damp spring for all of us, and that apparently includes marijuana growers.After federal officials sent out an advisory last week about marijuana growing on public land, Undersheriff Dave Cox discussed how the issue might affect outdoor recreation in the Columbia Gorge.His jurisdiction in Skamania County includes a huge piece of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, where multiagency teams have destroyed illegal grows over the past few summers in remote, isolated areas.Those illegal grows might not be quite as remote this year.“We had a really cold spring, and with the snow level as low as it’s been, it will shorten up the growing season a bit,” Cox said. “It will force growers into areas lower than they usually would like. They may not have access to areas they have had in the past, where they can get deeper into the forest.”That doesn’t mean day-hikers and people walking their dogs on Columbia Gorge trails will be stumbling across these operations, Cox said.“If folks travel off the trails, if they do cross-country kinds of things, they may run into” marijuana grows, Cox said. “If people recreate in the forest, we suggest they stay on trails used by the public.”Outdoor enthusiasts who do stray from the beaten path include hunters.“The stuff usually is found by hunters,” Cox said, and it’s not always during hunting season. “Hunters start scouting in mid-June or so, looking for animals and where to hunt. We’ve taken marijuana grows up through mid-October.”last_img

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