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Marijuana Makes Mother Nature Cry: Report

By Tony Dokoupil, Published: June 26, 2015 at 5:17 PM If you consume cannabis this weekend, you might also be killing fish, clear-cutting forest, and poisoning some cute-faced and endangered members of the weasel family. That’s one takeaway from new report in the journal BioScience, which details the water-guzzling, land-destroying, pollution-spreading reality of the marijuana […]


Marijuana Study: Is Rise in Denver Crime Linked to Pot?

By  Thomas Mitchell, Published: June 25, 2015 Homeless shelters struggle to provide accurate data due to inconsistent visitation and privacy concerns, but shelter employees say they have noticed a rise in visitors since 2014. Marijuana’s social effects on Colorado have been routinely debated since recreational sales began in 2014. So a group of students at Metropolitan […]


Environment Takes Big Hit from Water-Intensive Marijuana Cultivation

By Sarah Yang, Published: June 24, 2015 BERKELEY — The debate over the legalization of marijuana has focused primarily on questions of law, policy and health. But a new paper co-authored by UC Berkeley researchers shines a spotlight on the environment as an underappreciated victim of the plant’s growing popularity as a cash crop. Discarded fertilizer boxes reflect not […]