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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
An honest 420 look at marijuana in Afghanistan. There is definitely a huge drug problem, and our strategy seems to be the cause of it. Our allies that we desperately rely on are all high on drugs, selling drugs, or both. And not only are we paying for it, people are dying because of it.