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REEFER MADNESS - THE ENVIRONMENTAL COST OF AMERICA'S "GREEN RUSH"


Environment  (tags: habitat, habitatdestruction, marijuana cultivation, environment, destruction, ecosystems, protection, humans, nature, radia-active )

Cal
- 416 days ago - worldcrunch.com
Illegal irrigation and other practices by black-market marijuana growers are drying up California's rivers, poisoning groundwater and killing wildlife.



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Sue Matheson (71)
Friday August 2, 2013, 2:34 pm
thanks
 

Ganaisha Calvin (7)
Friday August 2, 2013, 2:37 pm
would legalization really help?
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday August 2, 2013, 3:41 pm

There is no doubt Californians use too much water and according to this some of that is being used on their "harvest". In many places Pot can grow as weeds living only on the water from the rains. I think maybe in California style these growers are taking things too far and wasting water.

Yes, decriminalization would make a big difference.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:23 pm
THANKS, KIT! "Decriminalization" is absolutely the answer! Shut down the massive illegal growers and let people grow their own....right next to their eggplant, basil, tomatoes and mint!

How can a PLANT be ''illegal?"

Asinine!
 

lee e. (114)
Friday August 2, 2013, 8:25 pm
thanks Pam and Kit - I'm certain that decriminalization would be a first step - and as with all farming regulations are necessary - I don't for an instant believe that so much water is necessary for this weed that grows abundantly without any "farming" whatsoever, and indeed will grow with massive crop - that may choke out other crops - but for its need for abundant water necessary for a healthy crop - this is the first I've read of it -
 

june t. (65)
Friday August 2, 2013, 10:07 pm
wow, this is the first I've heard of it. Thanks for the post. Something needs to be done. Obviously these people don't care about the environment.
 

John S. (304)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:57 am
Kit, Pam; and Lee - doesn't really work with people with to grow green lawns and the destruction of the Chesapeake Bay, does it? I'm not certain that household growers can get around the requirement that each seedling requires "25 liters of water a day" now, does it?
 

Robin T. (14)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:27 am
Here is were this article fell off the cliff.
It amounts to about 500,000 liters a day, as each seedling needs between five to 25 liters of water a day.
Where on earth did the author come up with these figure. Given the size of a seedling, there is absolutely no way it could consume 25 litres of water a day, even 5 litres is doubtful.
I wish authors would take the time to verify facts before publishing miss information.
 

Frances Darcy (220)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:55 am
noted
 

pam w. (191)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:55 am
I can personally attest that a plant requires a gallon of water every other day in summer and much less in winter.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 8:13 am
It's not just the increased water usage; it's the increased fertilizer and pesticide use in many cases that ends up in the environment. Then there is also the criminal aspect that in a lot of cases is funded by the cartels. Legalizing it might just put enough of a dent in the cartels' wallet to discourage them from the huge grow ops. It remains to be seen whether legalizing it would regulate and control the pollution factor. It doesn't seem to work with factory farms does it?
 

Gloria picchetti (291)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 8:18 am
"Eureka Sheriff Steve Knight says there's been an increase in criminal activities linked to marijuana farming. So while he generally disagrees with “weed farmers,” that's not the case on the question of legalizing the drug. “Without rules, the situation will not get better,” he says. “Maybe we should legalize it in the whole country, and deal with marijuana as we do with tobacco.”
Bingo Sheriff Knight. Legalize pot everywhere then we won't suck up all your California water. If anyone has ever been to Eureka Country it's simply wonderful!
 

GGmaSheila D. (171)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 10:41 am
Interesting - Noted with thanks.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 11:15 am
Knowingingly growing pot as a crop, and what it is doing to the environment, am I being to nieve to see this dismantled. Apparantly, it's an open secret except to the FDA, enviromental groups, the GOVERNOR...
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 12:54 pm
Bang on Gloria.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:23 pm
Noted, thanks !
 

James Doeppers (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:39 pm
Thanks
 

Joy McR (130)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:49 pm
NOTED.. THANKS
 

Shanti S. (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:45 pm
Thank you.
 

Lis T. (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:38 pm
Very bad situation. Poisons that are used around the perimeters are killing animals.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:50 pm
Yes, seems like there's a lot of disinformation in the article. I agree 100% with Pam, Kit, lee & others that decriminalization is the way to go. (Also flagged the spam).
 

Debbie Williamson (267)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 7:02 pm
One more reason to decriminalize.
 

Jason S. (57)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 8:50 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Inge Bjorkman (142)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 12:35 am
Agree with Pam, Kit, lee

Love, Peace and Understanding
 

pam w. (191)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 6:48 am
Gloria wrote: " “Maybe we should legalize it in the whole country, and deal with marijuana as we do with tobacco.”

++++++++++++++++++ As a source of tax revenue? How will they tax my little garden? Send out an inspector? The damage done in home gardens is no more than your tomatoes or Debbie's basil or Kit's chiles....
 
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