Pubdate: Thu, 28 Nov 2013
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2013 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Joseph Robinson


Re "Blame the policy, not the plant" (Cover feature, by David Downs, Nov. 21):

It is true that marijuana prohibition is the cause of all problems 
related to marijuana. It is not true that marijuana grows cause major 
ecological damage compared to other industries. So please stop all 
these ridiculous histrionics about damage caused by evil pot growers 
and/or evil pot prohibition until you have done something about the 
following problems.

Coal-Google "mountaintop removal coal mining" and see what has been 
done to the Southern Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia and other 
states. Gas-Google "fracking" and see what is being done to the 
Northern Appalachian Mountains, particularly in Pennsylvania. 
Logging-Google Earth Map from Oregon south, far past Butte County. 
The western slope of the Sierra Nevada has been systematically raped 
with "clear-cut" patches. Farming-agribusiness in every state causes 
infinitely more harm to the environment with all make and manner of 
offenses (they spray poisons from planes, for one thing) than a few 
pissant pot gardens in the northern Sierra Nevada mountains of California.

Joseph Robinson


Editor's note: The CN&R has a history of writing about those very 
things. For example, see "The future of the f-word," Cover feature, 
Sept. 19. We are also concerned about the environmental devastation 
that our reporters have seen firsthand while touring Butte County's 
foothills, where there are, in fact, many more than "a few pissant pot gardens."
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