Emerald Triangle

Definition - What does Emerald Triangle mean?

The Emerald Triangle is made up of three counties in Northern California, making it the largest marijuana-producing region in the United States of America. The three counties that make up the Emerald Triangle are Mendocino County, Humboldt County, and Trinity County.

Ever since the 1960s (during San Francisco’s Summer of Love), weed growers has been cultivating pot in the Emerald Triangle. There was a boom in the marijuana industry of the region after the California Proposition 215, which legalized the use of medicinal marijuana in California. Growing weed was so common that it was seen as a way of life in the Emerald Triangle and so everyone living there is either directly or indirectly reliant on the cannabis industry.

However, there are some negative impacts of outdoor marijuana production on the environment in the Emerald Triangle region, which is largely unregulated. There is illegal construction and use of dams, diversions and the taking of water from streams, pesticide-laden runoff, clear cuttings, and road buildings for marijuana plantations and so on. All of this has led to the degradation of important salmon fisheries and has also endangered the salmon population.

Hydrolife explains Emerald Triangle

The geography of the Emerald Triangle has highly suitable conditions for outdoor marijuana to thrive in. The region is close to the Pacific Coast, located within Northern California, and has all the necessary traits required for a healthy cultivating region for weed. The average temperature lies between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the area receives 14 to 18 hours of sunlight for every 24 hour cycle. The region has a great breeze and air flow along with fertile soil with an average root temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

After California voted for the legalization of recreational pot use in November 2017, the marijuana industry triggered a “Green Rush” that reshaped the economy in the North Coast with the promises of short term and long term growth potential. An average of about one billion dollars is generated each year by the Emerald Triangle. This is partly what spurred the legalization of weed in the region; the product could now be taxed, and they would no longer need to enforce the prohibition of weed.

The tax revenue brought in by the Emerald Triangle is substantial. Many locals and cannabis experts believe that in the Emerald Triangle, if the marijuana industry were to end, then the area would not be able to rely on the tax revenue anymore and the economy would have a very hard time trying to recoup the losses suffered.

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