For decades, California’s Emerald Triangle has provided cover for the nation’s largest marijuana-growing industry. But its forests also hide secrets, among them young women with stories of sexual abuse and exploitation.
One of the largest labor unions in the country is pushing California regulators to better protect marijuana workers in the wake of legalization by requiring health and safety training.
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, a small agency of about 65 sworn officers, was able to pull off a complex investigation into abuse and trafficking on a marijuana farm.
The bill would require marijuana business owners to put at least one employee through a 30-hour state training program within one year of receiving a license.
President-elect Donald Trump once called the county’s drug enforcement efforts “a joke.” He once said legalizing drugs was a better tactic. But as the dust settles after a contentious election – and after another eight states legalized some form of weed – the future of marijuana under Trump isn’t quite clear.
All through the fall, hopeful marijuana trimmers have poured into California’s Emerald Triangle for coveted jobs. If they haven’t read our investigation, they may not know about the dangers they face. But is anyone doing anything about it?
The director of the California Growers Association now is calling for a series of solutions after Reveal published an investigation into sexual abuse in the state’s pot country.