Adopting a vegan lifestyle out of compassion is misguided but kind. Farming for high quality nutrients relies on bone meal, fish emulsion, and other animal products. Harvesting grain kills millions of mice and countless other small mammals caught up by large threshers - ask any farmer. Only one animal died to provide me with steak versus potentially hundreds to feed me bread. Also this:
The CO2 converted to plant matter should roughly zero out over a very short time scale because of the short lifecycle of the product. Simplifying a bit, CO2 is converted to plant matter which is then burned and/or discarded and left to decay returning that CO2 back to the atmosphere. This all happens on timescales of less than a year, generally.
The challenge is the energy used to grow, process, and transport marijuana releases additional CO2 above and beyond the roughly net-zero growth/harvest cycle.
One variable that must be considered when weighing the carbon benefits of indoor vs. outdoor is a concept called land use change. This essentially tries to quantify the potential impact of converting land currently being used to provide one service (grow food, provide habitat, etc.) to grow marijuana. The increased crop density and accelerated growth cycles that are attainable with indoor operations may significantly push back on the carbon benefits of using the sun instead of electricity.
Answering the question of whether indoor or outdoor has a lower carbon foot print is nuanced, and requires consideration of variable such as land use change, whether the electricity is generated from renewable sources or not, the origin of fertilizers used, the impact of land management and agricultural strategies, etc. Its not a simple question. But if youre lucky enough to know your farmer, asking questions can go a long way towards a gut check of the potential carbon footprint of the product you are purchasing.
"But for the vast majority of patients and users, there's simply no reason good old fashioned, sun-grown cannabis can't get them the relief or the high they're looking for."
this sentence highlights how poorly thought out this editorial is. the vast majority of patients and users...the overwhelming majority, in fact, as supply cannot begin to meet demand (hence all things black market)...are poor, live in cities, have few connections and/or live in states where marijuana is illegal. i wonder how many equally scathing letters thadeus has written to his government representatives imploring legal reform. the price of marijuana could and should be negligible, anybody could grow it freely, etc. etc. etc. this editorial is pretty ridiculous in too many ways, less the author cares to truely audit his lifestlye in equal accord if his real and driving concern is the environment.
Nonsense you have not calculated the co2 converted to oxygen during the grow
That bill is long overdue and it will probably never happen on a federal level. But it can happen on a state level. Marijuana is till a controlled substance under state law. That should have been included in Prop 64 legislation, but like many other missives in Prop 64 it was not addressed.
Person to Person: "free competitive markets," require infrastructure, essential services and having those impossible conversations about how our community lives and works together. Huge praise to all those, like the Buckeye Conservancy, who are willing to lead us all towards those essential, informed, adult conversations. While the Democratic Process can be ludicrous, as we witness daily on the National level, the alternative is truly horrific!
"Let's Talk About Rex"
Thank you for publishing this article in the North Coast Journal. Public officials must not stonewall when asked to explain their actions. The Supervisors work for us, and they receive an adequate compensation from the citizens of Humboldt County. I cant remember when so many employees serving in a department felt the need to state their opinion of their superior, David Marcus. I would like to hear the facts, good or bad. There are simply too many unanswered questions. This must be addressed by our County Supervisors. Just because a person is elected to public office, doesnt give them carte blanche to act without consequences.
The primary word is "illegal" immigrants. If I broke the law. I most certainly be arrested. I'm very familiar with the INS. My wife came to the United States in 2003 on a spousal VISA which we had to file six months prior to her arrival . Then we had to go through the process for the residential VISA. within the next week we worked on her citizenship, which she passed the exam and became a citizen. Every year thousands go through the VISA process. just takes time and money.
not to detract, but a seperate note entirely, i want to clarify the last statement of my response to this column @ 1:11pm because it seems harsh with no explanation. i dont understand the rise in what i would call "text speak" working its way into professional writing, especially "the news". for example, parts of the above editorial are written as though very informally spoken, complete with mumbled interjections. if its intended to parody rex bohn's stammering, it doesnt come across that way, but more like a hasty rant. only parts of the editorial, the rest is spot on. im a shameless grammer nazi, hypocrite too as i type this with my thumbs on a janky phone not giving a fuck...such is the cesspool that is the internet.
thadeus, i agree with everything you wrote 111%. the issue is very serious and the supervisors' behavior is very disturbing in many ways. with all the talk for needs of affordable housing, healthcare, public transit etc etc, its really telling that the supervisors are repeatedly insulting the same public by downplaying the importance of proper legal representation when needed. when falsely accused, when unjustly persecuted, when simple misunderstandings can lead to life changing court decisions in a matter of moments. our supervisors are collectively paid over $30,000 of our tax money every month. regarding this issue in particular, they're all demonstrating exactly how out of touch they have become with their own common constituents. whereas even a $300 legal fine of any sort is nothing to them now (as many of us knew the supervisors before their lifestyles matched their current income bracket), that petty cash difference is literally crippling families the nation over. rex bohn insults the poor even further by dismissing the credibility of journalists working for genuinely local readership, as if every fresh graduate is guarunteed a position within one of his media sources of choice (and they all pay the bills through advertising). it shows, in his own words, his complete lack of integrity, or in the very least his naivette of such a thing as integrity in the first place. the same goes for all four other supervisors for their silence in this matter, and moreso for their refusal to acknowledge, let alone do something, about a clear cut case of a very important tax-paid public official who has been deemed incompetent by his former employera and isn't even welcome by his own current staff. would they accept a chief of police under these circumstances? would the police chief accept a new officer with such scrutiny? the behavior of humboldts board of supervisors over this matter is inexcusable.
that said, while i understand this particular writing is an editorial, it reads like a drunk facebook post. the issue deserves better, please. thanks for everything youve done and continue doing as a journalist...keep it up!
County government is run by an auctioneer, realtor, waitress, and rural radio host, each laser-focused on representing the property rights zealots that funded their campaigns.
Stop electing development industry hacks and start demanding that your local government hire executives and department directors with advanced degree in their field, you know, the kind of professionals that understand how to incorporate the law into practice.
Something is fishy
I am normally in agreement with calls for compromise. In this case, simple morality does not allow for compromise. There is an obvious an easy choice on this issue. Humans have killed around 95% of the Coast redwood forest. When we talk about impact on these trees, it is imperative that we consider that we as humans have already killed 95% of these forests for our economic benefit. There is no monetary issue can morally justify further impact! Every remaining tree is worth all the wealth on Earth. "Cost more" or "takes longer" are arguments that carry zero weight with a moral and informed person.
"The supervisors were elected to serve all the citizens of Humboldt County...." Yes, and this includes those of us who do not presume to know so much about the public defenders office and who would prefer to give David Marcus more than a few weeks to settle into the job.
Re: "On average, for every dollar a white man earns, a white woman earns 78 cents"
Forgive me, Eva, but you do not know what this means.
Please see: "Womens 77 cents to mens dollar: What it really means" http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/womens-77-cents-to-mens-dollar-what-it-really-means/
Women's advocates insist employers everywhere pay women less than men for doing exactly the same work in the exact same occupations and careers.
Yet these advocates also seem to think employers' prime modus operandi is greed. ("Corporate greed" may be one of the Left's more salient rallying calls.) Thus they no doubt believe employers would hire only illegal immigrants for their lower labor cost if they could get away with it (many do get away with it), or would move their business to a cheap-labor country to save money, or would replace old workers with young ones for the same reason.
So why do these same feminist activists and women's advocates think employers would NOT hire only women if, as they say, employers DO get away with paying females at a lower rate than males for the same work?
Many of America's most sophisticated women choose to earn less than their male counterparts:
"Female physicians worked about 5 hours fewer per week than their male counterparts through age 54...." https://www.aamc.org/download/426242/data/ihsreportdownload.pdf?cm_mmc=AAMC-_-ScientificAffairs-_-PDF-_-ihsreport
In 2011, 22% of male physicians and 44% of female physicians worked less than full time, up from 7% of men and 29% of women from Cejkas 2005 survey. ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/03/26/bil10326.htm
"...[O]nly 35 percent of women who have earned MBAs after getting a bachelors degree from a top school are working full time." It "is not surprising that women are not showing up more often in corporations top ranks." http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/why-women-are-leaving-the-workforce-in-record-numbers/
"Compared to men, women view professional advancement as equally attainable, but less desirable" http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/09/15/1502567112.full.pdf
See the real reasons the wage gap hasn't closed after thousands of measures over many decades:
"Salary Secrecy Discrimination Against Women?" http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/salary-secrecy-discrimination-against-women/
I enjoyed reading your article. As we as a society re-think the war on drugs, and cannabis specifically, both medicinal and recreational, I wish there were more practical solutions being presented to problems that must be addressed. I wonder though... have you given thought to what would constitute BMPs? Who would determine these? It seems to me that the current incentive is really no incentive at all; it is clear, based on the number of current applications submitted compared to total number of estimated grows, that the current system is not working, and I don't see that changing without real change in how cannabis is treated in relation to every other agriculture crop.
I appreciate the time and trouble the NCJ has put into keeping me informed.
Your articles are always well written.
If the situation presents itself, please include mention of Mary Jane the Potumentary. Hopefully you have seen it. MJ lays out the history and future of pot here in Humboldt County. Disclosure...I'm a Co-Producer, still photographer and bit player in the film.
Humboldt County in general and especially Eureka, lacks top executives with advanced degrees in their field. It's time for a hard-hitting report on this scandal.
Credentialed professionals, like local doctors, are hard to retain.
So, who are these people?
They are people who are trusted....friends of the family, church, club and political party.
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vol XXVIII issue 16
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