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Weed and water woes in the legendary Emerald Triangle

Dried up streams and dying fish are putting the top cannabis-producing region in the country under the microscope

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif.—In early September, the run of Supply Creek near Ken Norton's office on the Hoopa Valley Reservation has gone dry.

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Toxics

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While some say the ban is required for public safety, others say marijuana is being unfairly subjected to a standard that does not apply to other crops.
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Toxics

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Cannabis producers face pushback over emissions, light, odour in Ontario farming town

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Pot in California seems to be getting safer

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Colorado marijuana industry faces costly mandatory testing

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