Overwhelmed by illegal pot, Oregon county declares emergency

FILE — In this April 14, 2016, file photo, investigators load marijuana plants onto a Colorado National Guard truck outside a suspected illegal grow operation in north Denver. A county in southern Oregon says it is so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, appealing to the governor and the Legislature’s leaders for help. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda, File) RPPB102 RPPB102

A southern Oregon county says it is so overwhelmed by illegal marijuana farms draining creeks, siphoning groundwater and threatening public health that it has declared a state of emergency, asking the governor and Legislature for help.

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