For those of you who do not know, this is what Marijuana bud looks like.
America’s favorite illegal pastime, Marijuana. In 1492 Christopher Columbus brought the weed to the new world (America), and it was required for settlers to grow the plant in this country’s first colony, Jamestown. It was not until 1937 that federal law bans Marijuana. Today, every 38 seconds someone is arrested for breaking the cannabis law. Samuel Caldwell was the first man ever arrested for possession, he served 4 years in prison. At current there are 22 million active users in America, and some 70 million have tried it. The weed is this country’s number 1 cash crop, brining in 36 billion a year.
Now that you have some background on the pot, I can go into the main focus of this article: Marijuana and its effect on the environment. Marijuana has been putting indents in couches for years, but now it could take some of the stain off of our forests.
Hemp, which is the stalk, or stem of the Marijuana plant was used way back in 8,000 B.C. it was used as the first ever fabric. Hemp was also used in making the first paper in 105 A.D. (in fact the declaration of independence was written on hemp paper), and the model T ford (the first car) was run off of cannabis oil. Hemp is an extremely useful plant, yet it is not used in mainstream manufacturing because of its legal standing.
As Marijuana’s nickname suggest, the plant is a weed. As many people may already know, trees are not weeds. The definition of weed via Mac dashboard dictionary is as follows: A wild plant growing where it is not wanted in competition with cultivated plants. Marijuana is a weed because it can grow almost anywhere in a variety of conditions. It is safe to say that depleting the amount of Marijuana plants in the world would not hurt the environment; in fact, it would be more sustainable to do just the opposite.
Stop cutting down the Amazon rain forest and other forest to be turned into toilet paper, and start growing Marijuana to be harvested for paper.
Stop cutting down the Amazon rain forest and other forest to be turned into toilet paper, and start growing Marijuana to be harvested for paper. The weed can be easily re-planted after harvest and will be ready for harvest again in just a few months.
With Cotton prices rising, Marijuana may be able to also be used as an alternative fabric that could be cost competitive with other major materials like cotton.
Cannabis oil can be used in place of any other oil in a recipe. This out of all the other uses for the weed is the least likely to go mainstream because the oil may still contain THC, which is illegal, as is the plant.
The legality surrounding Marijuana is what prohibits its use in everyday materials. It is hard to grow a large amount of marijuana (several acres), without having the feds bust in. Even if you have permits to grow the weed, or even use the weed medically, the fact of the matter is Marijuana is illegal in the United States and so if they (the feds) really want to bust you, they will bust you. A medical card signed by a fly-by doc will do you no good.
For those who already grow Marijuana, they must do it in hiding and often seek refuge in National Forests and Parks. Coming across these sites after they are used is anything but eco-friendly, pesticides, generators, and poisons to kill smaller rodents. These toxins leak into the forest and kill many un-intended victims both plant and animal alike.
If the plant was made legal, it could be used in mainstream production of fibers and fabrics. And those who do it illegally now will now be able to come out of the forest and do it more sustainably and respectfully. Every pothead in America would have a backyard garden and the price of marijuana would plummet. The government would take a share of the new industry in the form of taxes. It is estimated that California alone, if Marijuana was legalized, would make 20 million in taxes the first year.
Products like this may be made available if Marijuana were legal.
Another aspect of legalizing marijuana is freeing up space in prisons. Majority of Marijuana offenders imprisoned for possession are non-violent offenders, whose crime is nothing more than hitting the bong like Cheech n Chong.
According to one source, legalizing Marijuana would “save the government $150 billion on policing and courts, since 47.5% of all drug arrests are marijuana-related.”
Now on a drug level, a comparison to the last remaining legal drug alcohol. You cannot overdose on THC (the active chemical in Marijuana), it has never happened. Alcohol, is poisonous, it can lead to vomiting, loss of muscle mobility, and even death. Police would rather respond to a Marijuana related call verses an alcohol related one because those baked on Marijuana are generally calmer than those drunk on alcohol. Also, Alcohol is addictive; Marijuana can lead to habitual use but is not physically addictive. It is often said that the most harm that can come from Marijuana is being caught with it, as it is a relatively harmless drug.
Marijuana is also prescribed medically, sometimes more legitimately than others. The weed is used to ease pain and relax those who are in an uncomfortable position due to illness. One of the most prominent diseases in America, is depression, one million people commit suicide in America every year. These lives may or may not have been able to have been saved by artificial happiness, Dopamine. Dopamine is the happiness drug that is released in your brain by THC.
We may one day live in a world where many things are made from hemp do to its renewable-ness. We may one day be forced to use hemp because we (the people) have used up everything else, it may be the only thing that can grow efficiently wherever it is needed. Medical Marijuana may come out of the shadows, and be available over the counter upon request at your local Wal-Mart. The Feds may one day lift the ban on Marijuana.
That day is not today, this article has facts but whilst Marijuana is still illegal it is all as useful as fiction.
Tell me what you think and get in on the Marijuana debate.