Medical and recreational marijuana legalization is bringing about changes on how weed is grown and produced. Essentially, decriminalization has allowed growers to use cleaner and efficient technology than in years past.
The legalization also means that organized crime, and in particular, Mexican drug cartels are not growing or producing as much weed in ways that threaten the environment. For instance, cartels usually use generators, diesel storage and animal poison to preserve weed. In other words, legalizing weed is basically enabling much cleaner and environmentally-friendly practices.
Today, many of those who grow marijuana illegally are essentially polluting large areas of forest lands by moving large quantities of chemicals such as pesticides, irrigation and waste tubes as well as other toxic substances. Legalizing marijuana would be a deterrent and an incentive for best practices that would save thousands of acres of vulnerable eco-systems.
As far as legal growers goes, many are adopting better and much efficient lighting like LED lights. In other words, long-term solutions that would allow growers to use the best technology and also lower production costs. In fact, one company whose employees have spent decades studying controlled environments for NASA, are now selling LED supplies to dispensaries across Colorado. It is expected that these LED lights will help growers cut down electricity costs by as much as 50%.
Cutting down on electricity means that fewer carbon emissions would be used to produce marijuana. Essentially, the amount of energy required by power plans that burn coal would be dramatically reduced.
Other aspects that many people may have not considered are the costs and environmental effects of large prisons housing (non-violent) marijuana offenders. Fewer inmates would mean less need for large facilities that require a great deal of maintenance, consume large amounts of electricity and increase vehicle traffic to many small, rural communities.
Another great benefit of legalizing marijuana for the protection of the environment are the reduction and use of harsh chemicals on confiscated land that has been used for marijuana growth. In other words, law enforcement today uses removal chemicals that pollute the soil and creates an environmental hazard to surrounding communities. Not to mention the long-term effects that it has on the soil, as it becomes difficult to grow any sort of crops on that same land.
Lastly, one of the most overlooked benefits of growing cannabis plants legally is the production of legal hemp. Many proponents have expressed the large benefits of using hemp for fiber and fuel purposes. Basically, the fuel and fiber derived from the production of hemp would produce carbon neutral energy that wouldn’t contribute to global warming as much as gas or oil do today.
For more information, initiatives and resoruces on the great environmental benefits of legal marijuana, please visit: https://www.change.org/
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