Spanning the globe with frequent and once in a while readers. I am interested in collecting, propagating plants, landscape management practices, ecology, environment, flora/fauna, in essence Nature. This blog is written in a blunt, abrasive fashion with consistent critical views on these subjects and others that may be related...or not.

viernes, 18 de diciembre de 2009


HOW CAN anyone forget those Drug Wars in Colombia, Pablo Escobar for example, during the 90's. Now it is Mexico's turn. However, in the first case, the atrocities were of much originality and lots of bad press around the world. In the second, Ciudad Juarez, I see no imagination, creativity. It is just shooting at everything in sight, with more dead in a year, than USA casualties in those pointless wars in Afghanistan, Irak, and those that certainly will develop. Arms factories can not remain idle.

The cause of these wars is the need to plant, pack, distribute and sell MARIJUANA
by the segment of the market producers in the third world and the absurd rejection of the governments of those countries with most consumers: USA/Europe. Some times the wars are among producers themselves to have a greater percentage of the market. All the time is foreign governments trying to stop the staple to reach their shores. To put things in perspective, some excerpts from an article in a book that was recommended in the past.


Amy Stewart

Wicked Plants
Algonquin Books

Cannabis has been used by humans for at least five thousand years and regulated or
banned for the last seventy. Hemp fibers (from varieties of cannabis that contain very
little THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, and are therefore useless as a drug) have been found in cave dwelling excavations throughout Asia. The Roman physician Dioscorides mentioned the plant's medicinal properties in his medical guide De
Materia medica in AD 70. Its use spread to India throughout Europe, and eventually
to the New World, where early settlers grew it as an economically useful fiber crop. Early drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper. It was used in early patent medications and even sold in Manhattan as a candy from about
1864 to 1900. "Arabian Gunje of Enchantment", the candy was called. "A most pleasurable and harmless stimulant".

Some historians suggest that the drive to outlaw cannabis in the early twentieth century came out of the culture wars. Recreational marijuana use was popular among
jazz musicians, artists, writers, and other ne'er-do-wells. Its use was regulated, but not banned, by the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act. The beginning of the Beat movement may have been the impetus for finally getting this evil weed out of the hands of America's young people. It was outlawed in 1951 as part of the Boggs Act.

Today marijuana use is banned or strictly regulated in most countries throughout the world. In spite of that, surveys by the U.S. Department of Health show that 97 million people age twelve and over or roughly a third of Americans, have used marijuana in their lifetime. Thirty-five million, more than 10 percent of the population, have used
it in the last year. The United Nations estimates that nearly 4 percent of the world's
population, 160 million people consume the drug every year.

When I think of it, having tasted it on and off for a decade in college and later, I believe it is a waste of time, money and effort all the raids, and campaigns against it. The customer is always right. A different approach would have been more constructive. All the people dead, in jail, during the last fifty years are a token of a mistaken position based on twisted
old fashion double standard morality. One that allows in most countries either alcohol, smoking or both, just because they provide taxes.

The criminalization of marijuana brought the availability of cocaine and heroine, plus all the designer drugs for a younger generation most recently. When the government decide to make it legal, getting LOTS of income with taxes, eliminating the silly, bloody wars among the merchandising cartels, there will be more room in jails for other criminals.

Finally California, Oregon and other states are the most important producers of this herbal treat in the USA. MANY cultivate by hydroponics, with really sophisticated light and, ventilation equipment.
There are many varieties, for any taste and budget, just like wine, single
malt or cigars. I am no longer into it for the smell, I have other preferences, but as they say about alcohol in every ad nowadays:
Smoke responsibly...Time to go...

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