Monday, April 15, 2024

Legalizing Marijuana Is Good For The Environment

Cannabis has medical benefits, it better for your body than alcohol and can calm anxiety – and with larger legalization would be better for the planet

Marijuana is increasing popular and consumer use is creeping up.  Gen Z is drifting away from alcohol and embracing weed as a healthy alternative. Michigan just had a $3 billion in sales and other states are setting records. With the federal government looking at rescheduling, the medical marijuana will expand as the FDA will be able to oversee consistency and dosage.  But where will all the produce be produced? Legalizing marijuana is good for the environment and good for patients.

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Legalizing marijuana would allow traditional farming states, especially in the South, to add cannabis as a crop in rotation.  While the South already has outdoor group, especially in the state region of Florida, Georgia and Alabama, being federally approved would improve farm methods.  Currently, illegal grows in farm country are hidden in timberlands or are two small to be effective.  Canada, being the first major company to end restrictions was posed to be the supplier to the world.

Photos by Jen Chiu

Canada are wheat, canola, mustard, barley, ryes, oat, maize, and soybean. These crops can thrive in the northern Canadian environment.  While wheat requires more water, winter wheat and rotation allows farmers to use the vast amounts of farmland in Canada.

When Canada went legal though, companies like Tilray, but massive indoor grows costing 10s of millions of dollars. Not only do indoor grows produce significant carbon issues, but it doesn’t allow for more natural uses like rainwater.  Everything has to be pushed through energy using systems. On average, a cannabis plant consumes an estimated 22.7 liters, or 6 gallons, of water per day during the growing season.  Wine grapes, which are an irrigated use an estimated 12.64 liters of water per day.

Indoor grow also doesn’t mean better crops.

RELATED: Science Says Medical Marijuana Improves Quality Of Life

Using a natural environment is healthy from the farmer, the plant and for the planet.

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