In the past, I had assigned several projects to my public health and data analytics students on this topic.

It has been a while and needs to be looked at again. But, here are general take-home message that we had shortlisted from past studies:

1. Unlike Cannabis, others mentioned in this image have been studied for an extensive period of time, and we know the effects to a greater extent.

Moreover, the mortality rate /frequency rate of death with respect to usage is more important, and the percentage of the population drinking alcohol and taking tobacco should be significantly higher than other listed.

2. Further, the literature suggests that cannabis is like a gateway drug, which our founder pointed out years back, and we have seen at least two instances in the recent times where amphetamines were found with Cannabis users.

3. Research suggests that marijuana is a resources intensive crop, in terms of water, energy, and land needs.

With global climate changes being a major concern, we don't want to add one more to this list.

Further, we could lose out land for growing primary crops that provide essential nutrients to humans.

"Marijuana is a water- and nutrient-intensive crop (Cervantes 2006, HGA 2010). Its cultivation is associated with land clearing (figure 1), the diversion of surface water (figures 2 and 3), agrochemical pollution, and the poaching of wildlife in the United States (Gabriel et al. 2013, Thompson et al. 2014, Bauer et al. 2015) and internationally (Armstead 1992, McNeil 1992, Bussman 1996). Where grown indoors, it can require extensive energy inputs with potentially negative effects on climate (Mills 2012, O'Hare et al. 2013).".


4. With stock market playing a big role in promoting this business, and with stocks supposedly skyrocketing by more than 1000 fold in a short span, investors in this space will take further control of land and crop management decisions in the same light as NRA is doing with guns.

5. Research also supports other concerns such as, land erosion, infrastructure fragmentation, and fish habitat disturbance coming out of marijuana plantation.

A more detailed report soon.
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