An illegal cannabis grow was just discovered in a remote canyon located in California’s Death Valley.
The grow site was discovered when park rangers patrolling Death Valley National Park stumbled across the large site. At 40 acres, the operation is, ironically, located in Jail Canyon, a part of the park that is rarely visited and is located on the western side of the Panamint Mountains. Situated between Nevada and California, this natural site is not often frequented by tourists or hikers.
While illicit and unlicensed cannabis grows are already a problem for California, a state that is trying to crack down on the illegal growing and selling of cannabis, this is an even bigger deal than an unlicensed grow normally would be because it was discovered in a national park. National parks are federal land, and therefore the growers are likely going to be in even more trouble if they are caught.
Additionally, this is a concern because of how damaging cannabis grows can be if not done properly and with the environment in mind. Growing cannabis in Death Valley could have extreme, detrimental impacts on the environment.
A park spokesperson states that the plan for now is to “photograph the extent and to (hopefully) encourage the growers to abandon the site.” By publicizing that they found this grow, knowing how much trouble the growers would be in, the hope is that the growers will yield it to authorities and cut their losses.
Cannabis Grows Not Uncommon In Death Valley
This may seem like an unusual place to find a cannabis grow, especially based on the foreboding name, but actually, this is one of hundreds of grows that have been found in Death