Marijuana is Bad for the Environment

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Besides a single marijuana plant needing a minimum of 6 gallons of water a day and most indoor grow sites using enormous amounts of electricity to keep grow lights on 24 hour a day to create a non-stop growing cycle, the environmental practices of most in the marijuana industry are loose at best.

You will hear pro-legalizers say, “Environmental concerns can be cleaned up once pot is legal.”  This is not true, and there are many reasons why:

  1. Most legalization bills are written and passed unknowingly by the public without funds dedicated to enforcement or clean up.  

  2. Environmental funds for clean-up in California alone are estimated in the $50 billion range

  3. The black market would have to be eradicated at the same time to effectively eliminate the damaging environmental practices; no state is organized nor funded to eliminate the black market (another pro-legalizing myth).

  4. State and local government's generally do not have extra funds laying around waiting for a use to materialize

  5. As of 2018, no state government has brought in more than $250 million in taxes and fees from legal marijuana sales.  $250 million is basically no money - barely enough to cover a rudimentary regulatory structure and certainly not enough to cover enforcement or environmental clean up in any significant way.

  6. See the Silent Poison website and these videos for more details.


Widespread Tainted marijuana