Under-the-radar cultivation of marijuana plots means deforestation and pesticide use, some times in state and national forests. Legalizing marijuana on the other hand could have numerous positive effects: reducing illegal growing in forests, and healing nutrient-poor soil. Marijuana is drought and cold resistant, can be grown almost anywhere, and can be used in practically everything from food and clothes to fuel.
Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but are marijuana plants the same as hemp? I mean, I’ve heard you can make clothing and other products out of hemp, but can you make those same products out of marijuana plants?
Marijuana and hemp are indeed two different plants, two varieties of Cannabis sativa. Both are illegal to grow (though hemp clothing etc. can be legally sold). Marijuana grows bushy, and is not very good for making rope or cloth, unlike hemp which grows taller and has stronger fibers. Hemp cannot make a person high, however, because of the relatively low levels of THC in hemp compared to marijuana.
Marijuana is not harmful to the environment at all. It is a plant; it is part of the environment, and contrary to political persuasion, Marijuana is not harmful to people either, as it is firmly documented over thousands of years to have beneficial uses in important aspects of life such as textiles and medicine. The criminalization of marijuana has created many myths about a very resourceful plant that could actually do things that would help the environment, the economy, and our health, rather than do harm to any one of those.
Marijuana itself is not bad for the environment, but is actually useful as a source of fuel, food, textile, and building material that could cut down on the use of wood and energy. It is also a useful medicinal alternative to addictive pharmaceutical painkillers.
Indoor grow-lamps consume a lot of energy, and could be seen as a negative drain on the environment, but that cost could be easily avoided if growers didn’t have to worry about keeping their projects indoors for fear of detection.
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