Claim: Climate Change will make Californian Marijuana more potent

Watts Up With That?

Marijuana loves CO2. Original image Wikimedia, author Chmee2 (attribution license) Marijuana loves CO2. Original image Wikimedia, author Chmee2 (attribution license)

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Daily Climate reports that global warming is set to make Californian marijuana a lot stronger – if we let it happen.

According to the Daily Climate;

Global warming may give a minor twist to that classic hippie bumper sticker that quips “Acid rain: Too bad it’s not as much fun as it sounds.” Turns out a warming climate could boost the medicinal and psychoactive properties of plants including cannabis.

But that’s not all: Climate change will also open up higher elevations to growing weed clandestinely on public lands, a practice that’s putting increased strain on fragile ecosystems. Some say relaxed marijuana laws exacerbate the problem by bringing in more growers; others argue increased regulation and oversight will eventually lead to more responsible growing practices.

One prominent researcher who specializes in weed migration patterns in…

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