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The illegality of cannabis is causing our countryside to be trashed

I’m a weird sort of guy. Even though I’m in my mid twenties, I’ve got an allotment and like to spend the majority of my time in the countryside if I can. Recently, while walking my dog down to the countryside on the outskirts of the city, I noticed someone had dumped several large black bin bags full of rubbish on the side of the path. 

Upon further investigation I pretty quickly realised what these plastic sacks were filled with the root balls of cannabis plants that had been harvested for all their bud, then dumped far away from the grow site to reduce the potential of being traced back to their owners. I get it, you’re growing weed illegally and you don’t want to get caught. That doesn’t give you the right to dump plastic sacks of trash all over the countryside. 

These were pretty big root balls, and there were enough of them that someone had a very successful crop. Enough to keep a few people going for a long time. It’s unfortunate that this isn’t the first time i’ve seen this and I’m sure it won’t be the last. These people are essentially making a profit on the exploitation of the illegality of cannabis, selling it at a huge profit and then dumping the cost onto the countryside and the rest of us.

Luckily, when removed from their plastic bags, the root-balls will return to nature and decompose. These crimes are caused by prohibition, and purely because the type of people attracted to one type of crime tend not to worry about breaking any others at the same time. Much like people who cause electrical fires through shoddy wiring of ‘cannabis factories’ inside domestic homes, these things will only stop with a legal and regulated cannabis market, where people are no longer profiting by chucking their rubbish over a fence and ruining everything for the rest of us.

May 16, 2016 by Gareth Arnold

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