Daily Mail: When Going Green is Dirty
Growing cannabis indoors requires a lot of energy for lights and climate controls Many states forbid outdoor farming or require operations to be near retail outlets In Colorado, indoor pot farming’s carbon footprint is over 30 percent bigger than coal miningDepending on where you are, growing an ounce of weed indoors has the same carbon footprint as burning 7 to 16 gallons of gasoline Despite being touted as the ultimate ‘green’ crop, cannabis is having a major impact on the environment, a new study suggest.
Vice: Your Drug Habit is Destroying the Planet
The illegal drug trade comes with a significant environmental cost, but it doesn’t have to. Cannabis legalization is gathering pace worldwide. Unprecedented amounts of cocaine, MDMA, and heroin are being produced in Colombia, Holland, and Afghanistan, while labs in China are pumping out an alphabet soup of synthetic drugs.
Modern Marijuana More Potent, Often Laced with Heavy Metals and Fungus
smithsonianmag.com In the U.S., legal hurdles have long hampered research into marijuana. But as more states approve medical and even recreational marijuana, scientific inquiries have spiked, especially studies aimed at finding out what exactly is in today’s weed-and what it does to our bodies.
A VIEW INTO LEGALIZED MARIJUANA 20 YEARS FROM NOW
Parents Opposed to Pot | JANUARY 9, 2017
Drug Policy Alliance, NORML and Marijuana Policy Project are optimistic. They’re huffing and puffing now, having won 7 out of 8 states with marijuana ballots in the November election. They also smirk knowing that President-elect Trump supports states’ rights for marijuana. In 20 or 30 years, they’ll have freedom and no one else really matters. Pot lobbyists don’t explain the real picture. What if the whole country ends up just like Humboldt County? (Photo Credit: Weed bust photo comes from the sheriff’s department, originally published by Lost Coast Outpost.)
Drug Policy Alliance, NORML and Marijuana Policy Project are optimistic. They’re huffing and puffing now, having won 7 out of 8 states with marijuana ballots in the November election. They also smirk knowing that President-elect Trump supports states’ rights for marijuana. In 20 or 30 years, they’ll have freedom and no one else really matters.
24 Mind-Blowing Environmentally Destructive Facts About Marijuana Production in America
The only thing green about that bud is its chlorophyll.
Josh Harkinson, Brett Brownell, and Julia Lurie March/April 2014 Issue
You thought your pot came from environmentally conscious hippies? Think again. The way marijuana is grown in America, it turns out, is anything but sustainable and organic. Check out these mind-blowing stats, and while you’re at it, read Josh Harkinson’s feature story, “The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming.”
Mother Jones Magazine Memes
Sources: Jon Gettman (2006), US Forest Service (California outdoor grow stats include small portions of Oregon and Nevada), Office of National Drug Control Policy, SF Public Utilities Commission, Evan Mills (2012).