Crucial conversations being started here by Steve DeAngelo.
The main photograph shows a farmer in Yarkhun Valley in the Chitrali Hindu Kush, where planting Cannabis around the edge of other crops is a traditional practice. Probably this developed in the prohibition era as a form of deniability, because Cannabis thrives as a weed around farmland.
A necessary aspect of this discussion is shining a light on the horrifying unecological practices currently rife in the Cannabis industry. Essential reading for most commercial Cannabis enterprises is this 2018 paper from Ernest Small, ‘Marijuana – unsustainable, unecological and unnecessary cultivation in energy-hog greenhouses‘.