Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The Daily Climate reports that global warming is set to make Californian marijuana a lot stronger – if we let it happen.
According to the Daily Climate;
Global warming may give a minor twist to that classic hippie bumper sticker that quips “Acid rain: Too bad it’s not as much fun as it sounds.” Turns out a warming climate could boost the medicinal and psychoactive properties of plants including cannabis.
But that’s not all: Climate change will also open up higher elevations to growing weed clandestinely on public lands, a practice that’s putting increased strain on fragile ecosystems. Some say relaxed marijuana laws exacerbate the problem by bringing in more growers; others argue increased regulation and oversight will eventually lead to more responsible growing practices.
One prominent researcher who specializes in weed migration patterns in the face of climate change said marijuana grown outdoors will likely become stronger and require less water to thrive.
“If you go back to the times plants evolved on land, the average CO2 (carbon dioxide) levels were 1,000 parts per million; today it’s about 400,” said Lewis Ziska, a plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.
I mean, can anyone think of an issue more likely to split the environmental movement asunder?
Yes the environmental movement care about CO2. But many of them also care deeply about ensuring people suffering severe chronic pain receive what may be a very effective treatment for their condition. Perhaps we can look forward to a change in outlook, a compromise, in which the environmental movement reluctantly embraces the possibility of a little more CO2 in the atmosphere, because of the humanitarian medical benefits it will provide.