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MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. – Marijuana growers in Northern California’s Mendocino County are profiting off of a controversial and increasingly violent criminal enterprise. The marijuana trade has become an exploding underground industry that accounts to nearly two-thirds of the local economies in Mendocino, Humbolt and Trinity counties. The area known as “the emerald triangle” has become a haven for people looking to make a living by growing marijuana- as much marijuana as possible without triggering a legal crackdown. Local growers are able to grow large amounts of marijuana in their backyards because of two main reasons: Authorities in the area are overwhelmed by the sheer number of growers and are also hampered by conflicting state, federal and county laws governing marijuana.

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