ALSO SWORN IN WITH THE NEW
CHIEF. NEW AT 6:00. A TOP FEDERAL PROSECUTOR, NOW
SAYS CALIFORNIA’S MARIJUANA
BLACK MARKET WILL BE THE FOCUS
OF LAW ENFORCEMENT RATHER THAN
THE STATE’S NEW LEGAL POT
MARKET. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT VOWING TO
PUT MORE MONEY INTO TRACKING
DOWN ILLEGAL GROWERS, WITH MORE
ON WHAT’S FUELING THE CRACKDOWN
, FELIX CORTEZ LIVE IN SALINAS. FELIX: IT STEMS FROM GROWING
CONCERNS THAT ILLEGAL POT
GROWERS ARE INCREASING THEIR USE
OF A HGHLY POWERFUL PESTICIDE,
THAT HAS BEEN BANNED IN THE
U.S.. A NEW REPORT SHOWS ILLEGAL POT
GROWERS ARE INCREASING THEIR USE
OF A HIGHLY TOXIC PESTICIDE AT
AN ALARMING RATE. THE PESTICIDE KNOWN AS
CARBOFURAN WAS FOUND AT 72% OF
THE ILLEGAL GROWS BUSTED LAST
YEAR, UP 15% FROM A FEW YEARS
AGO. A QUARTER TEASPOON OF THE
PESTICIDE IS ENOUGH TO KILL
300 POUND BEAR. IT TURNS INTO CYANIDE WHEN IT
IS ACTIVATED. IF YOU WERE TO HEATED UP THROUGH
SMOKING, YOU HAVE A HUGE
PERCENTAGE OF INTAKE FOR
CARCINOGENS LIKE THAT. YOU DON’T WANT TO SMOKE THAT
PLANT MATERIAL BUT DON’T WANT TO
SUPPORT THAT GROWING
METHODOLOGY. FELIX: THE ILLEGAL POT GROWS ARE
MOSTLY RUN BY MEXICAN DRUG
CARTELS WHO DESTROY PUBLIC LANDS
IN THE PROCESS. WITH THE LEGALIZATION OF
RECREATIONAL POT IN CALIFORNIA
LEGAL GROWERS ARE STRICTLY
REGULATED AND DISPENSARIES SUCH
AS EMERALD SKY IN SALINAS
ROUTINELY VERIFY THEIR PRODUCTS ARE SAFE.>>I THINK PLACES LIKE THIS
REALLY DO A GOOD JOB OF MAKING
SURE THAT YOU ARE NOT DEALING
WITH ANY TAINTED PRODUCTS. IT IS A GOOD THING ALL AROUND,
AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED. FELIX: BUT FEDERAL AND STATE
AUTHORITIES SAY THE RISE IN
CARBOFURAN USE BY ILLEGAL
GROWERS POSES AN INCREASED
DANGER. TUESDAY THEY ANNOUNCED 2.5
MILLION IN FEDERAL DOLLARS WILL
BE USED TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL
GROWS.>>I’M GLAD THAT THEY ARE
ALLOCATING REVENUE FOR THAT
BECAUSE IT IS USED. IT WILL HELP THEM AND US
LONG-TERM. FELIX: AND THAT FEDERAL
CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL POT GROWERS
IS GOOD NEWS FOR LEGAL MARIJUANA
GROWERS HERE ON THE CENTRAL
COAST WHO HAVE LONG COMPLAINED
THAT THE BLACK MARKET CONTINUES TO THRIVE AND PRESENT PROBLEM —
POSE A PROBLEM FOR GROWERS ON
THE CENTRAL COAST. THEY’VE REQUESTED A MAJORITY OF
THE TAX REVENUE GENERATED BY
GROWERS INITIALLY BE USED TO
CRACK DOWN ON THAT BLACK MARKET. DAN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IN CALIFORNIA MANY LOCAL
JURISDICTIONS ARE CHOOSING TO
PROSECUTE ILLEGAL POT GROWERS
USING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND
COUNTY CODES, RESULTING IN CASES
GOING THROUGH THE COURT PROCESS MU