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Indoor marijuana growing uses 8% of California electricity

Credit: in.gov

Credit: in.gov

One more reason to legalize marijuana: Secretive indoor growing uses prodigious amounts of electricity and generates large amounts of greenhouse gases. Nationwide, indoor grow houses use 1% of all electricity with usage in California a whopping 8%.

“If improved practices applicable to commercial agricultural greenhouses are any indication, such large amounts of energy are not required for indoor cannabis production,” he wrote. “Cost-effective efficiency improvements of 75 percent are conceivable.”

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Humboldt marijuana farm diverted creek, killed fish


Let’s legalize marijuana which will, among other things, put an end to the environmental damage done by growers now.

Charges for alleged water diversions, oil pollution and marijuana cultivation along a creek in the Mattole River watershed are being sought against four Ettersberg residents, authorities said Wednesday.

This farm was relatively small, 1050 plants, $200,000 in cash, and seven guns. Other grows are much larger and the damage they do is much worse. Large amounts of fertilizer and pesticides dumped into streams, trash everywhere, etc.

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California says marijuana farms are too dangerous to deal with


Hillsides are denuded by bulldozers, wildlife is poisones, fertilizers and chemical pollute streams – all this from big marijuana grows in California. Local officials asked the state for help – and got turned down. The state said it was too dangerous.

Um, if not now then when? If California lets big growers and cartels grow marijuana unimpeded and don’t try to stop them, then the problems will inevitably get much worse.

I find it deeply curious the state is giving big marijuana growers a free pass.

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Billions for banksters and war, but don’t you be toking

Federal prosecutors are sending letters to landlords renting space to legal-by-California law grow rooms saying their property could be seized if they don’t evict the tenants. Gosh, it’s almost like they want the Mexican drug cartels to control all the growing. Because that’s exactly what will happen.

It gets even crazier. A House committee has passed law making it illegal for Americans to discuss smoking weed in countries like Holland where it is legal. Smoking it there would still be legal. But discussing plans to do so would be a federal crime. I am not making this up.

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Private land: New frontier in California pot wars

A little-spoken-of war is taking place behind California’s fences and property lines – trespassing marijuana growers are setting booby traps, resorting to violence and vandalism, and spoiling the land by stealing water and spraying dangerous chemicals that leach into streams.

The growers, who are usually are Mexican drug cartels, often send boys under 18 to guard the marijuana farms because if caught, they will be tried as minors. But make no mistake, they are heavily armed. Ranchers have been shot at and had property destroyed in retaliation. Law enforcement sometimes seems oddly slow and lethargic about responding, helping clean up the toxic mess left behind but doing little to track and arrest the growers. Yes, this would be seriously dangerous and is maybe beyond the capabilities of some local law enforcement (that’s not a putdown, simply the truth) but still, the opportunity for corruption is clear and obvious.

Landowner Vellutini said she doesn’t smoke marijuana but is concerned for people who do. “They don’t know what they’re smoking,”Vellutini said. “‘ve seen the stuff that’s going on them. That stuff is sprayed with so many herbicides and pesticides. It’s awful. And I don’t know what effect that’s having on a person, but it’s got to be something. It’s toxic pot.”

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The carbon footprint of indoor marijuana production

Small scale indoor marijuana growing. DoJ photo

Cannabis production results in energy expenditures of $5 billion each year, with electricity use equivalent to that of 2 million average U.S. homes. This corresponds to 1% of national electricity consumption or 2% of that in households.

A single Cannabis cigarette represents 2 pounds of CO2 emissions, an amount equal to running a 100-watt light bulb for 17 hours with average U.S. electricity.

If marijuana was legal, it could be grown outside instead, saving electricity. This also shows just how much marijuana is grown here. Make no mistake, this isn’t just hippie fafrmers doing it on a small scale, this is also being done by well-financed organized crime.

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San Jose marijuana stores on horns of dilemma

Should they pay the city’s new marijuana business tax and risk being arrested by state or feds? If they don’t, the city might shut them down.

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Washington State Democratic Party endorses marijuana legalization

Legalization is coming, folks. California already has a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana and in some places, like Boulder CO and Humboldt County CA, it already is virtually legal.

So, what will the feds do when states legalize it? Send in the Marines?

Check those who scream the loudest against legalization, might be they have hidden financial reasons for keeping it illegal. Hey, someone has to launder all that drug money.

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23,000 dead in Mexico’s drug wars (and how we caused it)

Any economist armed with basic macroeconomic theory could explain how U.S. drug policies create the perverse incentives that have fueled the violence- and how to fix these policies to end the carnage.

Legalizing marijuana in California would be a tremendous step in the right direction. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, economists understand that legalizing marijuana would greatly decrease its value and put an end to the violent drug cartel that currently profits from its sale (and uses those profits to secure future profits by purchasing arms and murdering competitors).

There are huge profits made by many on both sides of the border in drugs. Money laundering, corrupt banks and hedge funds, the prison-industrial complex (with all the building of prisons and the powerful, at least in California, prison guards union, politicians who scream law and order to get elected., why there are many with vested interests in keeping marijuana illegal, even if thousands are dying because of it.

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Rethinking Afghanistan’s Sticky Icky Quagmire

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The views expressed below are my own.

It’s April 20th, the unofficial holiday of 420. It’s that special day of the year when stoners around the world decide that discretion is not the better part of valor and liberally advertise their use of marijuana. Accordingly, we’ll try to rethink Afghanistan from that angle, and be completely honest about its marijuana use. Today is the perfect day after all, when you have reports like this in the Asia Times:

In addition to being the world’s leading producer of opium, Afghanistan has now become the largest producer of hashish, according to the first-ever cannabis survey released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) this month. Again, the US invasion is behind the new record.

The 2009 Afghanistan Cannabis Survey revealed that there is large-scale cannabis cultivation in half (17 out of 34) of Afghanistan’s provinces, covering a total area of 10,000 to 24,000 hectares every year (lower than opium cultivation, which covers 125,000 hectares). Afghanistan’s crop yield is so high at 145 kilograms of resin per hectare that it overtakes other leading producers like Morocco, where cannabis covers a larger land area but whose yield is lower, at 40 kg/ha.

It is estimated that Afghanistan produces 1,500-3,500 tons of hashish annually, an industry involving 40,000 households. The total export value of Afghan hashish is still unknown, but its farm-gate value – the income paid to farmers – is estimated at about US$40-$95 million, roughly 15% that of opium ($438 million in 2009).

Now because of all the COINdinista mythology that’s been beaten into your head, you probably think I’m going to rant about the drug trade supporting the insurgency and the international criminal-terrorism nexus and all that scary sounding stuff. Not true. The Taliban get their funding from a myriad of sources; Ransoms, charities, and even a formalized taxation system on the local economies. That is, if they’re not running the local businesses themselves. We could incinerate every last iota of opium and cannabis in the entire country and all we’d do is bankrupt and starve the farmers. The insurgency wouldn’t even blink, they’d be too busy recruiting those farmers. No, if we want to talk about drugs and Afghanistan, we’ve got to look at our allies in the war. Continue Reading

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