MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROUP: Grow it in the Sun!
Aiming to educate medical cannabis patients about pollution issues associated with medical cannabis cultivation, a group of Humboldt County and Bay Area residents called Grow it in the Sun will be at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo this September 25th and 26th at the Cow Palace.
“Grow it in the Sun wants patients to make informed choices when obtaining medical cannabis,” says spokesperson Dr. Ken Miller, MD. “We expand on the work of the Southern Humboldt group Put ‘Em in the Sun, which has encouraged responsible, small-scale outdoor marijuana cultivation for the past five years. Both groups oppose the industrialization of marijuana growing, whether indoors or out.”
One pound of marijuana grown artificially under grid-tied lights requires releasing one ton of carbon dioxide emissions, the principle greenhouse gas—if we assume that the best new technologies are used to create electricity from natural gas. If the power is made from coal, each pound of indoor pot would also emit 6 pounds of sulphur dioxide, the principle cause of acid rain, and 6.5 pounds of nitrogen oxide, which causes smog and acid rain. Beyond these greenhouse gas emissions, the damaging mining and drilling methods used to extract fossil fuels increase the environmental impact of grid energy use.
If the indoor uses off-grid diesel generators, additional problems with motor-oil disposal and particulate, noise and water pollution also occur, as do occasional disastrous fuel spills. The energy-intensive technologies of indoor pot growing were invented to hide marijuana cultivation from CAMP helicopters. Now that medical marijuana is legal, Grow it in the Sun and other groups question why expensive and polluting technologies of concealment should become the norm for California’s burgeoning marijuana industries.
Oakland’s proposed pot factories would create the biggest electricity user in that city, requiring otherwise unnecessary electrical infrastructure and millions of pounds of greenhouse gas pollution, in order to produce ‘warehouse weed’ in unnatural and ecologically destructive ways—in the state known around the world for its superlative natural agricultural bounty.
Mendocino County’s recent groundbreaking marijuana regulations make indoor cultivation of more than 100 square feet illegal anywhere in the county. Similar laws are driving indoor residential cultivation out of Eureka and Arcata, Humboldt County’s two largest cities.
Grow it in the Sun encourages patients to ask where their cannabis comes from—does it come from responsible growers, or from factory farms or destructive plantations in the national forests? Patients have a choice, and making their choice known can help reverse the trend toward destructive and polluting practices.
California can cultivate a natural, sustainable, profitable industry to be proud of simply by doing what it does best: Grow it in the Sun.
For more information visit http://www.growitinthesun.org.