Reasons to Oppose Marijuana Businesses

A craft grower may process cannabis, cannabis concentrates (vape cartridges, wax), and cannabis-infused products (gummy bears, candy, brownies, etc.).  https://www.wikileaf.com/thestash/cannabis-extraction/

In the 33 states where the drug is legal for medical or recreational use, at least 10 fires or explosions have occurred in the past five years at facilities that extract hash oil used in edible products. Nearly all resulted in serious injuries for production-line staff.  https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/18/marijuana-factories-explosions-safety-issues-1155850

Living near a marijuana grow facility can be unhealthy for the following reasons:
Traffic and noise:  Oregon residents experienced a huge increase in heavy vehicle traffic after the cultivation center opened.  The facility emits a constant rattle of commercial-scale diesel generators running all day, every day.  https://www.registerguard.com/rg/opinion/36109717-78/living-near-marijuana-grow-can-be-unhealthy-experience.html.csp

Stench – The intense, skunk-like, eye-watering stench prevented people from opening windows and doors to cool their homes.  The smell is a big issue, limiting time outdoors for gardening, swimming, barbecues, play, and home improvement projectsetc.  NOTE:  Residents filed a lawsuit in California because of cause of the smell.  The suit claims the vapor-base systems used to mitigate odors caused eye irritation and worsen allergies and asthma.  (AP news Feb. 28 2020)

Involuntary exposure to the concentrated chemicals emitted by marijuana operations
 triggered severe headaches, asthma episodes and other respiratory problems in several

Increased carbon dioxide levels households nearby.   There is concern about the effects of these chemicals on infants, people with weakened immune systems, and all who live near the proposed site.

Physical safety: Cannabis may be classified as an agricultural crop, but the security concerns attached to it produce a cartel-like atmosphere with drones, barbed wire fences, security cameras and armed guards. 

Persistent fear, anxiety over health issues, personal safety, sanity.  Some neighbors living near marijuana grow operations are so distraught and intimidated that they plan on moving away.

Water:  Cannabis requires a huge amount of water.

Damage to property values:  Residents living near marijuana grow operations struggle to sell their houses.

Environmental issues: https://daily.jstor.org/the-environmental-downside-of-cannabis-cultivation/
Emissions from cannabis growing facilities may impact indoor and regional air quality. 
Science Daily reported “The same chemicals responsible for the pungent smell of a cannabis plant may also contribute to air pollution on a much larger scale, according to new research from the Desert Research Institute and the Washoe Co. Health District in Reno, NV”.  (9/18/2019)

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