The modern prohibition against marijuana led directly to a revolution in the culture of the plant. Pollan remarks, “It stands as one of the riches ironies of the drug war that the creation of a powerful new taboo against marijuana led directly to the creation of powerful new plant” (105). Every plant develops certain mechanical defenses, in this case chemical, to protect themselves from potential harm. The chemical that marijuana makes humans, perhaps even certain animals, go crazy. They are willing to take risks just to plant marijuana to fulfill their desire of intoxication and to help them forget faster. Despite the fact that it is illegal to grow marijuana, people have created a way, or maybe the plant created the way, to continue growing it. When Pollan talked about what he heard from a friend of his friend, he said,
I listened to him talk about his work one evening, dilating on the relative benefits of sodium and metal halide lights, the optimal number of clones to plant per kilowatt, and the intricacies of hybridizing indicas and sativas,...
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...ne country prohibited the plant. They are afraid that it might endanger their civilization to progress. The second taboo happened in 1484 when Pope Innocent VIII issued a papal condemnation of witchcraft in which he specifically condemned the use of cannabis as an “antisacriment” in satanic worship (138). This second taboo seem to have emotional appeal, religiously, that considerably influenced the prohibition of the plant.
As dangerous as it is, the marijuana is powerful enough to make humans continue work hard for the plant. After humans have perfected the new environment to grow the plant indoors, they make good profits out of it, and the plant itself successfully fills the need of human for transcendent altered states of consciousness.
Pollan, Michael. The Botany of Desire: a Plant's Eye View of the World. New York: Random House, 2001. Print.
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