The only thing green about growing marijuana is the color of the leaves. Marijuana growing is very bad for the environment, and it’s time we wake up to how much it contributes to the DROUGHT.
In California, the growers 1) divert water and worsen drought conditions; 2) use pesticides which also harm the water supply; 3) threaten the salmon supply, as explained in the Oregonian, and 4) threaten other species with the use of rat poison.
Marijuana grows in Colorado include many indoor warehouses outside of Denver which include round-the-clock lighting and climate control. It really puts a drain on the electric grid. Here’s one article. Another article describes how much electricity it really takes to grow in the warehouses outside of Denver, using round-the-clock lighting and climate control.
Few people realize how the growers have modified the plant and cross bred it over the last 30 years. This process has intensified recently. This process is not evolution, as it happened with the corn plant in Mexico. Instead there has been an aggressive attempt to bring out more THC, and the marijuana of today is up to 10x stronger than it was in the 1980s.
But it’s green, and it’s from nature, the marijuana activists tell us. The “greenest” thing about marijuana is its color. Mother Jones has an article highly critical of the marijuana growers. The story is told vividly in these pictures and charts.