Cannabis growing is not regulated and is out of control. People who see a "cash crop" are devastating the environment. Forests in the Northwest are being fractured as clearing trees to construct pot growing green houses are clogging streams and sediments are endangering salmon. Also pesticides, fertilizers, and rat poison, used by pot growers, are killing fish and other forest dependent animals. These pot growers are not farmers, they take and don't respect. The water in streams and creeks are stolen to irrigate marijuana crops. Some reports tell of several streams sucked dry! No fees are paid for the complete consumption of these waters and all this, during the worst recorded drought for the West.
Some may excuse these actions if they were to grow food for the hungry in this world, but no, the crop grown is for the greedy in this world. Then on top of all this, studies conducted at the NHTSA, along with the Dutch Ministry of Transportation have shown that the effects of THC on driving skills is sufficient to warrant concern since drivers will be impaired.
The NHTSA also indicated that the drug found to contribute the most to serious injuries in car accidents is marijuana. America has 127 million users of alcohol and 15 million use cannabis. Yet, only 15% of injured drivers in accidents are related to alcohol. While 27% are related to marijuana. The complete picture shows that per capita, marijuana smokers cause 18 times more injuries in car crashes than alcohol. So pot kills trees, fish and people. Additionally, can anyone socialize or solve world issues with people who are drunk or stoned. No, we the people offer them programs, support, and love, so they can once again be involved with the world in a healthy way. What support does someone offer when they are under the influence? For all of us with clear heads, it is time to speak 2 words toward elected officials who want to have legal pot for filling their cauldrons with tax revenue... No Re-Election!
Bill Lauto , GTG
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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