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Pot overtakes almonds, grapes in Central Valley

Thursday, October 20, 2011

imageMarijuana has surpassed almonds and grapes as the most lucrative crop in the Central Valley, says California Watch, citing the Fresno County Farm Bureau. The upshot:

Now, federal authorities are sending letters to landowners who lease farmland to marijuana growers, giving them 45 days to evict their tenants or face seizure of their land.

That strategy, part of a new federal crackdown announced earlier this month, is sending a chill across rural counties like Fresno, where landowners have subleased plots to growers planting marijuana next to crops like eggplants, beans and corn.

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