While the government moves to ban K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids there is some evidence too that dope growing is bad for the environment. Which is going to put a dampener on Metiria Turei’s assumptions that the far north maori weed growers are entreprenuerial heroes, when the reality is, it appears, that they are environmental. vandals
This news is sure to send the Greens into a weed induced tail spin.
Talk about sitting back and watching the grass grow. Greens and government officials in Washington State are normally fierce towards carbon emitters, pioneering tough standards on power stations, for example. But their principles go to pot when it comes to cannabis growing.
The practice, legalised there by a vote in last year’s presidential election, is immensely polluting. Growing just one kilo of marijuana, a study concluded last year, releases as much carbon dioxide as driving across the United States seven times. This is because it is mainly cultivated indoors – with bright lights, air-conditioning, fans, dehumidifiers and even machines specially generating the gas to produce more potent puffs.
Normally keen green groups, such as the Sierra Club and Conservation Northwest, have dopily told The Seattle Times that they have other priorities. Governor Jay Inslee – who hails Washingtonians as “the people who are destined to defeat carbon pollution” – declined to comment. And the City of Seattle, despite aiming to be carbon-neutral by 2050, is producing new zoning regulations to permit plenty of indoor reefer ranching.
Let’s see how the Greens deal with this shocking news.