Marijuana, as we all know, has been and is still going through a major transformative process.
On one side, it has a great excitement attached to it, and as we see it birthed to the masses, trepidation follows. We have seen lots of friction, whether it be plant count, big vs. small regulation, greed, and mass production that may have been done before for industrial fiber but certainly not on a level of food /medicinal quality. The world is a fast-changing place. Demographics are shifting wildly across the globe, putting challenges in front of Marijuana to make its liberation a truly successful liberation in everyone’s interest. I would like to talk about an issue I haven’t seen much coverage or discussion on, and it leads us to take home to grow a lot more seriously.
I started Green Leopard to bring home grow as a norm, and my mission is to make it a norm in every consumer’s home. We must empower them with the best products that encapsulate the best science and avoid the Weed vs. Food debate risk.
One of my first interactions with Green transitional energy was with biofuel about ten years ago.
I was a young, naïve trader who wanted to be in green energy, be in markets, and trade vessels of biofuel around the world. The company I worked for was a champion in Biodiesel, and by the time I took my seat, big opposition was already there with feedback loops like “Food vs. Fuel” debates.
Palm Oil is another obvious one—it became such a cash crop that it threatened and destroyed vast areas of complex biodiversity. The human touch has a cost, and I always say we humanize everything and then have to back-calculate our way out of trial and error. But when it comes to humanity and the planet, trial and error can have serious consequences and retroactive measures that may set the initial progress back. Eventually, the industry found a way out by being able to process other sources like used cooking oil to be part of the biofuel roster, but we don’t have that option. We cant offer an orchid instead of Jack Herer, so what’s the fight and what’s the plan?
For years it has been common knowledge that arable land has been tagged and bought. We know the m2 is available, and it’s not going to change. In the quest for development in poorer nations and upcoming nations, diet and calorie needs explode and put pressure on existing norms. Take the all-encompassing popularity of weed and a flood of demand, whether it be medicinal /recreational or both, an industrial farm-based model for marijuana will directly compete with this acreage. This will make weed an easy rollback target.
By not thinking about this, the community, by supporting their favorite plant in a manner of hyper-consumer capitalism and not a combination of homesteading the needs and filling the balance at the counter, the liberation could be in real danger.
One thing we can do now is to grow our own.
Home growers now have access to great products with great science behind them and a price bracket for everyone. It’s time to really do your bit for the environment and weeds future. We must turn more people onto home grow.
The benefits are massive. Traceability of your flower and everything that went into it- knowing the inputs will invariably lead to more organic growing. Education on living systems. Craft product; maybe this inspires you to grow other vegetation for nutrition or medicine. We should celebrate and champion the home grower to allow these dispo wizards to push boundaries as they do now, without intervention like a food security debate. Home grow creates a more informed environmental person, and we need as many as we can get. All in all, it’s ours to win, so if you aren’t on the home grow page, please, please, start today.