Medical marijuana should be organic

Something’s been bothering me, and that’s these government-sponsored commercial pot factories.

To the Editor,

Something’s been bothering me, and that’s these government-sponsored commercial pot factories. Where I live on Gabriola Island we are looking at one of these mega units at Duke Point in Nanaimo; I believe everything they grow is with hydroponics and if I’m not mistaken all the rest grow the same way.

When I confronted one of the consultants of a nearby operation in Duncan and asked why they don’t grow organically in soil, his short answer was “why?” He was called away and I didn’t get to tell him some of the hundreds of reasons why it’s so important to grow everything organically, especially if it’s intended for medical use.

Hydroponics are a very efficient way to grow virtually anything, its fast, economical, and although expensive to set up, a lot less labour intensive.

The problems associated with this kind of growing though, is the amount of petroleum-based nutrients and pharmaceuticals used in such high concentrations that would never be allowed in food production, now maybe marijuana isn’t going to be classed as a food anytime soon but one should look at the actual amount of people using this product medically, which normally involves ingesting it.

Mark ShawGabriola Island

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