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Legalizing Marijuana Would Stop Growers From Destroying Our Forests

The annual marijuana harvest season each fall brings increased discussion of the hopeless process of eradicating outdoor marijuana crops on public land. Growers are damaging precious natural resources and their livelihood continues unabated even as police achieve record marijuana seizures each year.

Fortunately, the Marijuana Policy Project has introduced the only plan that could possibly address the problem:

SAN FRANCISCO -- Recent alarming reports of environmental damage caused by illegal marijuana farms in national forests and wilderness areas in California and elsewhere show that an entirely new approach is needed in order to solve the problem, officials of the Marijuana Policy Project said today.

"Year after year we hear from law enforcement and U.S. Forest Service officials about growing environmental damage caused by these criminal operations, even as law enforcement seizures of marijuana plants set new records every year," said Bruce Mirken, MPP's California-based director of communications. "What we've been doing is plainly not working and has actually caused the problem in the first place. It's time to get off the treadmill and try a new approach."

Seriously. Who in their right mind could possibly contend that we are on pace to bring this mess under control? For decades, cops in combat fatigues have been rappelling from helicopters armed with industrial strength hedge-clippers and for what? Marijuana is the number one cash crop in America and that isn’t going to change no matter how many police we send off on these ridiculous drug war nature hikes.

Californians should be allowed to grow marijuana on their own property for all the same reasons that they are currently permitted to grow grapes and make wine.
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Where's the Sierra Club when you need them?

Why don't more environmental groups take a stand against this?

wouldn't that be a winner all around?

Including the reduction in alcohol related violence that will happen once the government stops forcing people to use alcohol instead of safer cannabis.

I am a freshman in college,

I am a freshman in college, and I have been smoking marijuana since the beginning of my freshman year in high school. I want to tell you what kind of student I was. I was brilliant. I got extremely well grades, and I scored a 27 on the ACT.

Marijuana has never made me sick, upset, dependant, or has never caused me to lose one job. I also have consumed alcohol in certain stages in my teenage life. When I have consumed alcohol I have been sick, depressed, angry, emabarrased and hurt on countless occasions.

What I don't see is the reasoning behind the legal drug choice. There hasn't been one recorded death by marijuana, EVER, but look how many alcohol and tobacco have. Like the legendary Bill Hicks said, "It's okay to drink your drugs, we meant those other untaxed drugs. Those are the ones that you can't do."

How I see it is that whatever you want to do in your spare time, as long as you doesn't directly effect anyone else in a negative way, should be fine to do. It makes sense to me, and someone else would seem ignorant to me if they didn't see the logic behind it.

marijuana

I totaly agree with you. I have been doing marijuana since middle school and know I 'm in high school and I'm a senior.
I have never gotten hurt by marijuana and I have never had any side effects either. I think that we should be able to do marijuana when ever we went if we are not harming anyone by it.

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