The Emerald Triangle, America’s Top Pot-Growing Region

Emerald-TriangleThe Emerald Triangle…A Devastating Scene

People who smoke pot may envy the power of the marijuana growers in the Emerald Triangle. Marijuana controls the economy in Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino Counties of Northern California. Shasta County also has a huge marijuana industry, often hidden in its dense forests. Sometimes the police forces and local governments buy into the trade. But for residents who don’t use pot or drink or use other drugs, the growers and dealers are a major threat to safety and security.

Child abuse and neglect problems are rampant in this area which boasts that it supplies 60% of our nation’s marijuana supply. Many children grow up knowing that no one really cares about them. The violent child murders by marijuana grower Shane Miller is not so surprising in this area.  Last July Marijuana-wax user Matthew Graham, also from Shasta County died in a shootout with police, but he is suspected of killing his baby. It seems like each new case of child abuse is worse than the last, such as the recent discovery in Eureka of two children who died in a storage unit.

The state legislature is afraid to put teeth in any legislation to control the marijuana growers, and right now the Federal Government is providing no funds to go after medical marijuana providers, although so many of these providers cross the line into drug dealing (most of the medical marijuana industry in California).

People who grow marijuana or who have lots of marijuana can make the most money, so the fight for control of this money drives the crime. Here’s news from the Humboldt County Sheriff Department’s about a recent hash oil explosion in Eureka and how it effects other people.

In addition to hash oil explosions, there are many home invasions such as the one that happened on the night of February 28, 2016 in Weitchpec. Welcome to the world of marijuana.

“Victims told deputies at about 9:30 p.m. three males, one armed with a pistol and two with shotguns, entered their residence. The suspects were wearing jackets with Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office emblems. The suspects tied up the victims with zip ties and the suspects demanded marijuana, cash, and guns. The three suspects stole cash and a 2014 white Toyota Tundra pick-up truck prior to leaving the scene.”

Here’s some charts to show a comparison of the crime rate in Humboldt County compared to the rest of the country.

Recently, Time Magazine listed Redding (population about 90,000) in Shasta County as one of the worst places in the country for its growing crime rate:

“There were 1,298 violent crimes in the Redding metro area in 2012, up from 851 violent crimes in 2007. On a standardized, per 100,000 resident basis, violent crime rose more than 53% in that time. Additionally, property crimes rose by more than 50%, the most of any metro area reviewed, despite a nationwide 12.7% decline in such crimes during that time. According to the Redding Record Searchlight, some area residents believe that the area’s high crime rates may be related to marijuana cultivation. Officials in Shasta County — which makes up the Redding metro area — recently elected to ban outdoor growing, although the city of Redding is not included in the ban.”

The Emerald Triangle provides insight into what will happen if the marijuana groups get to control of California and the rest of the United States and Canada.

4 thoughts on “The Emerald Triangle, America’s Top Pot-Growing Region”

  1. A couple of observations.

    One, I heard of a sheriff who was murdered in the Humboldt County region, ostensibly over a marijuana arrest or investigation of some sort. So I thought I’d do an internet search to read about it.
    The shocker was sheriffs being murdered there is a regular occurrence over the years!

    Two- I know there is a lot of rainfall in that region which helps the growing. But my question is: How much water consumption statewide does California actually use, in toto, to cultivate marijuana? It might be one hundred, two hundred, or even three hundred plus billion gallons of water per year, I estimate. Are there any state figures? Reasonable estimates? If not, why not?

  2. A lot of the activity described here seems to be a symptom of the black market. Wouldn’t regulation of Marijuana growth in the Emerald Triangle counteract the crime described in this article?

    Also, I’m not sure if I understand the link to the underground Marijuana industry and child abuse, wouldn’t it make more sense to link child poverty rates to the economic decline of the North Coast? Logging and fishing drove these area’s economies for hundreds of years, now there is nothing left to do to keep these areas productive. Maybe regulating Marijuana growth as a cash crop could stabilize the economic decline?

    I feel like this is just another example of why we need to regulate the production of Marijuana Northern California. Lets get these people working legally, and remove the need for them to hide in the forests with weapons near their Marijuana grows. Let’s stop spending our money trying to stifle growth that we can’t control, and give honest men and women the chance to start small businesses that we can tax.

    1. Poverty alone does not normally cause child abuse. Stress alone doesn’t normally cause child abuse. You need the added factor of substance abuse. Studies show that substance abuse is part of child abuse around 70% of the time. The relationship to marijuana and crime in undeniable, as the former Seattle Police Chief and Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske has stated in the past. See the comments by Evan B on other articles.

      We agree that when the logging industry was closed due to environmental concerns, but the state should have helped the residents with alternative choices or figured out the an environmentally safe way to continue logging.

      The drying up of fisheries is a result of the marijuana industry running rampant with no respect for the water supply and the streams.

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