Crucial conversations getting started here. I’ve written a bit on related issues such as the Cannabis biodiversity crisis and the catastrophic consequences of introducing hybrids to traditional regions of cultivation such as Nepal and Laos.
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‘.