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The Killing Fields
by Wayne Spencer, Ph.D.

Decades spent as a wildlife conservation biologist never prepared me for what I’m about to say:  We need to quickly legalize marijuana in this country to save wildlife and protect our natural lands.  Illegal marijuana grow sites are devastating wildlife populations, destroying forests, and poisoning ecosystems at an alarming rate on public lands across California and other western states.  The drug cartels—who of course only exist because drugs are illegal—are ...

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