24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Marijuana Production in America | Mother Jones

“At one time marijuana grew freely and naturally and now it is exploited, like many aspects of life, our civilized progressive way of “being” is responsible for every category of degradation the natural reality is experiencing, and the slaves will come up with as many excuses as possible to justify their simplistic lifestyles. Cvilized progress is responsible for this, simply, because the upper echelons of society have establish this, to benefit from the working servants we are today, they don’t have to think, just believe and work, produce more workers for the future, and if they begin to think coherently, if that is possible at all, then, are fed more pot, meat alcohol, entertainment and many other consumable products, then, certain liberties are taken from us, we need to work more and harder, so therefore we need to sedate ourselves of the pain we are experiencing effecting our simplistic way of being, how we live now compared to the people who where and maybe still self-sufficient is simplistic,we just go to work, consume and reproduce, and just that has a complex and devastation effect on all that is natural”

The only thing green about that bud is its chlorophyll.

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You thought your pot came from environmentally conscious hippies? Think again. The way marijuana is grown in America, it turns out, is anything but sustainable and organic. Check out these mind-blowing stats, and while you’re at it, read Josh Harkinson’s feature story, “The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming.”

Nationwide grows
California seized
Trespass grows
San Francisco water
Indoor crop
California electricity
Power plants
Carbon dioxide
Car emissions
Single joint

Sources: Jon Gettman (2006), US Forest Service (California outdoor grow stats include small portions of Oregon and Nevada), Office of National Drug Control Policy, SF Public Utilities Commission, Evan Mills (2012).

UPDATE: Beau Kilmer of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center argues that the government estimates of domestic marijuana production used in this piece and many others are in fact too high. Kilmer’s research, published last week, suggests that total US marijuana consumption in 2010 (including pot from Mexico) was somewhere between 9.2 and 18.5 million pounds.