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‘Exploding’ marijuana industry threatens B.C. farmland | 加拿大人纷纷改种大麻挣15倍暴利 菜价飞涨


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Agriculture Minister Lana Popham speaks at Union of B.C. Municipalities forum, Sept. 28, 2017. (B.C. government)

‘Exploding’ marijuana industry threatens B.C. farmland
Lana Popham said legalization not foreseen when pot allowed on ALR

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While legalization of marijuana has communities worried about under-age sales and impaired driving, Agriculture Minister Lana Popham has also had an earful about the threat of food-producing land being converted to feed the recreational cannabis market.

Delta Mayor Lois Jackson quizzed Popham on the subject at a natural resources forum at the Union of B.C. Municipalities this week.

Jackson said she has fought as councillor and mayor for nearly 40 years to preserve Delta’s prime farmland. Delta has 8,500 ha of Fraser River delta land in cultivation, some of the most productive in a province where only five per cent of the total area is available for agriculture.

“I’m really worried that people are going to be gobbling up our best land for growing marijuana, and we really need all the land we have to grow vegetables and fruits,” Jackson said. “I really don’t want to have to depend on the United States for our food.”

Popham confirmed that several local officials also raised the issue in closed-door meetings, and that growing marijuana is a permitted use in the Agricultural Land Reserve.

“I believe that when this was made an allowable use, we could not foresee what was about to happen as far as an industry exploding before our eyes,” Popham said.

She urged Jackson and other local government representatives to write formal letters to her ministry as B.C. negotiates terms of legalization with Ottawa. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared that recreational marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018.

While marijuana for ingesting wasn’t contemplated by the province or the Agricultural Land Commission, there have been several experiments with growing industrial hemp for biofuel, oils and fibre.

In 2006, a 45-hectare hemp pilot project was approved for the 100 Mile House area by then-agriculture minister Pat Bell. The pilot was increased the following year, following efforts in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to grow hemp for biodiesel and industrial and textile fibre.

Smaller hemp plantings were done at Smithers, on Vancouver Island and at West Moberly near Fort St. John.


Source: http://www.columbiavalleypioneer.com/news/exploding-marijuana-industry-threatens-b-c-farmland/


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加拿大人纷纷改种大麻挣15倍暴利 菜价飞涨



大麻合法化是自由党帅哥总理特鲁多竞选时就承诺一定要执行的"国策"。然而,他可能没有料到,现在加拿大菜价面临大涨价的局面。

2018年7月1日,加拿大的大麻就正式合法化了。连青少年吸食大麻的规定年龄,也下降到了18岁。

这一政策变动使得很多农场主嗅到了商机,因为大麻合法化意味着需求增加。

加拿大大麻协会统计数据显示,现在加拿大有12万人吸食药用大麻。这一数字更是在以每年10%的速度快速增长。

合法统计的数据就有这么多,地下交易的更是不计其数了。

种植大麻的收益比种菜高得多,因此许多农场都会将菜园变成大麻种植场。

三角洲市市长Lois Jackson对此表示担忧,他不希望蔬菜种植业发达的三角洲地区成为大麻的供应中心。

他说,农场主们纷纷改种大麻将对本地农业造成巨大影响。

"大麻合法化威胁BC省农业用地"

三角洲拥有8500公顷肥沃的土地,是BC省最适合种植蔬菜的基地之一。

市长表示,大麻的利润是蔬菜的几倍甚至十倍,一些菜地可能会直接变成大麻的家园。

“I’m really worried that people are going to be gobbling up our best land for growing marijuana, and we really need all the land we have to grow vegetables and fruits”

"我很担心农场主们会把最肥沃的土地用来改种大麻。这些土地对我们十分重要,是蔬菜和水果的产地。"

市长说如果土地被改造种植大麻,那么蔬菜水果的产量必将锐减。届时只能依靠从美国进口蔬果了,这是她不愿意看到的景象。

BC省农业部长Lana Popham也表示,希望联邦政府能够出台相应措施,限制农业用地种植大麻。

据CIBC的预测,加拿大的大麻正式合法化后,会给联邦和省政府带来每年50亿加元的收益。

从整个大麻的市场预测看,需求将大幅提高。

据《温哥华太阳报》,三角洲市一个占地110万平方英尺的温室农场已经将原先种植优质番茄的温室改成种植大麻。

农场主表示:"种大麻的利润远远高于番茄,大概会翻10-15倍左右。"

他说过去十年来,种植蔬菜的利润一直在下降,总共跌了19%。

于是在和农场的股东讨论之后,他们决定和一家大麻供应商合作签订了转型合同。

位于三角洲的温室农场每年可产西红柿600万公斤,转型后会急剧下跌到7.5万公斤。

虽然BC省已经大力扶持农业、减少税收,但是种蔬果的利润远远不及大麻。

由于减产,未来BC省乃至整个加拿大的蔬果价格将显着提高,影响居民的生活。






(VA) FCPS Students Being Given Surveys with Three Genders, Parents Outraged

FCPS Students being given surveys with Three Genders. 😡😡😡


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(10/12/2017 @Matt) 

Rocky Run Middle School survey. I was shocked by the gender selection. Youths and adults have a third option! Pathetic school board uses gender neutralization to poison students and parents. 


(10/12/2017 @Emily)

Please be clear we are not against LGBT. We are against LGBT have more rights than other students. We are against FCPS promoting LGBT life styles to turn normal kids to LGBT.


(10/12/2017 @Chris)

As hard as we are working to educate and train our kids, this gigantic FCPS train is going in the wrong direction, fast and furious, insanely derailed, pathetically off the track and completely devoid of common sense. Even if we can't get the train back on track, at least we can put up a fight and tell our kids about it!!!


(10/12/2017 @Jane)

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(10/12/2017 @Tom)

Be sure to send emails to the FCPS SB members to let them know what you think about LGBT History Month.


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