Marijuana the least of my concerns |

Marijuana the least of my concerns

How much does marijuana affect our lives? As much as the inhumane treatment of animals raised for food? Pesticides (and herbicides) used on crops before and after harvest (Ever wonder why potato growers don’t eat market bound potatoes?)? People addicted to Oxycodone because it’s less expensive than marijuana? People working for $9 an hour but not given 40 hours because health benefits would have to be provided? Children who reach fifth grade and can’t read above a second grade level? Racism? Intolerance? Greed? Hungry American children? Greedy corporations and stockholders? Rising water levels? Need I go on? No, marijuana’s effect is minimal.

I’m a non-smoker, non-user, nor a grower. But, it made sense when one scrip equaled six plants. To check the paperwork and count the plants, enforcement flew over. Keep out criminals? Count the plants, check the scrips, check the growing conditions.

Marijuana growers are the same as commercial growers and your neighbors. Some care for the soil, grow organically, and conserve water. Others do not. Use greenhouses? More power (more greenhouse gasses and expensive) and, just as with veggies, the harvest is substandard to that grown outside. Buy it? Prohibitive!

What is my greatest concern? Certainly not marijuana.

Theresa Finn

Grass Valley

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