IN A fascinating article in Mother Jones, which is accompanied by the downside of the current state of marijuana production, the conclusion of Kristin Nevedal, who chairs the Emerald Growers Association, is instructive.
The coauthor of an ecofriendly pot-farming guide, she often consults with state and local lawmakers about how to make the industry more responsible. “Prohibition hasn’t curbed the desire for cannabis,” she says. “So we really need to look at changing our policy and starting to treat it like agriculture, so we can manage it.”
[…] “The future,” she says, “is the small family farm.”
Another post with graphics shows the environmental and wildlife down side of continuing the current trajectory of prohibition without regulation.
The environmentally focused hippies are no longer in charge, with most of the growers basically scorching the earth as they grow.
In the next few years, new legalization measures appear destined for the ballot in California, Alaska, and Oregon. But while it may help create a market for responsibly grown cannabis, legalizing pot in a few states won’t wipe out the black market, with its steep environmental toll. There’s simply too much money to be made shipping weed to New Yorkers at $3,600 per pound, and too few cops to find all the grows and rip them out. “The trespass grows are really an issue because of prohibition,” says Gary Hughes, the executive director of the Environmental Protection Information Center, a 37-year-old Emerald Triangle environmental group that cut its teeth fighting the logging industry. “It is not the growers who are a disease. They are just a symptom. The real disease is the failed drug war.” – Mother Jones
The drug war, it all starts there.
With HHS just last week okaying a study on the efficacy of marijuana in treating veterans for PTSD, there is finally a shift at the federals level to at least look at marijuana’s medicinal properties.
This is a very slow grinding wheel, but it’s going in the inevitable direction of where it should be, which is removing the Schedule I classification from marijuana so more studies can be conducted. This will, however, also have to include the DEA, because all the alphabet agencies on drugs and health must sign off.