Let’s get high and destroy the planet?

Is this a quandary for dope smoking tree huggers who believe in global warming?

Do I keep smoking pot and destroy the planet?

…What about all the coal (fossil fuels) and fertilizer and water and electricity and pollution and…

…oh man…

…this is so stressing me out….

…sounds of a deep inhalation…

…I’m really hungry……

From “Mother Jones”:

24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Marijuana Production in America

The only thing green about that bud is its chlorophyll.

—By , and 

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.”

Nationwide grows
California seized
Trespass grows
San Francisco water
Indoor crop
California electricity
Power plants
Carbon dioxide
Car emissions
Single joint

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).

UPDATE: Beau Kilmer of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center argues that the government estimates of domestic marijuana production used in this piece and many others are in fact too high. Kilmer’s research, published last week, suggests that total US marijuana consumption in 2010 (including pot from Mexico) was somewhere between 9.2 and 18.5 million pounds.

2 thoughts on “Let’s get high and destroy the planet?

  1. Interesting and, I suspect, truthful information. It didn’t include Alaska, where it is legal to grow pot in your home. Our state Supreme Court ruled 35 years ago that you can have up to 4 oz of marijuana in your home. You can’t transport it, sell it or buy it legally, but there are plenty of indoor commercial grows and Alaskan pot is considered very high quality. I’ve heard it’s “exported” to other states. I know from my days in social work administration that it is an expensive “hobby” in electricity and fertilizer and that most commercial grows get busted because of the high electrical demand calling attention to them.

    So, I’m torn. I have no use for pot myself and don’t want anyone I care about to use it, but the history of alcohol prohibition clearly demonstrates that prohibition doesn’t work. It makes a problem into a major problem. So what to do?

    Maybe the best we can do is legalize it, regulate it, and when (not if) someone hurts someone while on it, come down on them like a two-ton load of bricks. Pretending the problem doesn’t actual exist has not been all the great here in Alaska.

  2. Kilmer published an article on growing from 2000-2010. I reckon he aught to take another study. What kills me is the hypocrisy of the DOJ turning a blind eye to this. Teacher’s pet?

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