The say every cloud has a silver lining – and apparently, even if there are NO clouds you may still get a silver lining…and then some.
CBS San Francisco reports “a warming climate could boost the medicinal and psychoactive properties of plants including cannabis, ccording to experts.”
“The Daily Climate reports, climate change could also play a huge role in the number of people growing marijuana on public lands, which would put increased strain on the ecosystem.”
“Lewis Ziska, a plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, said his research shows that marijuana grown outdoors will likely become stronger and require less water to thrive. He said a small portion of plant species have adapted to lower carbon dioxide levels, but most including marijuana, still feel deprived.”
“Retired USDA ethno-botanist James Duke said that when plants are stressed, like is often the case during a drought, they tend to exhibit more of their medicinal properties.”Well, you’d think liberals across the state would be jubilant with the news. Finally, something good to come out of all that man-caused climate disaster.
However, there may soon be a tug-of-war between the liberal cannabis enthusiasts and the liberal wildlife enthusiasts.The marijuana industry in California is growing so fast, it’s putting pressure on the water supply and ecosystem. Marijuana production has doubled from 2009 to 2012 in the key growing areas of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties.
CBS reports, “the massive amounts of water these growers are using has wildlife biologists concerned about what this will mean for fish and wildlife habitat, aquatic life and water quality in the area.”
Oh no!! What a terrible choice these folks will have to make: the Delta smelt or a stronger smoke. Sounds like a true liberal dilemma.