The Times podcast: Illegal marijuana floods California’s deserts
Shootouts. Armed guards. Stolen water. Killings. It’s not the dramatic climax of a Wild West movie. It’s what’s happening in California’s southern desert right now — thanks to illegal marijuana farms.
Although marijuana is legal in California, it still isn’t in most of the United States. So drug cartels and out-of-state growers have set up scores of illegal farms among Joshua trees and tortoise reserves.
And locals are begging law enforcement to do something about it.
Today, we speak with L.A. Times reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove, who co-wrote a story with Louis Sahagún about how the Mojave Desert is suddenly awash in illegal marijuana. And we talk to a local politician who wants legal cannabis in his community — and the illegal stuff out.
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guests: L.A. Times county government reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove and Pearblossom town council President Chris Minsal.
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