Every garden has its own purpose that makes gardeners devote a significant amount of time to take care of them. Gardeners are coming up with their own unique ways of taking care of their gardens, especially when they make profits out of it. In his book, The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan claims that the best gardeners of his generation have devoted themselves to growing cannabis, popularly known as marijuana. Intrigued with Pollan’s argument, I totally agree with him. Marijuana growers are the best gardeners because they perfected the plant in growing them indoors, they make a good profit, and the plant itself fills the need of humans for transcendent altered states of consciousness.
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, it dawned on me that this was what the best gardeners of my generation had been doing all these years: they had been underground, perfecting cannabis. (105)
Before the crackdown on marijuana growers, the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a molecule that the plant had developed, levels in ordinary marijuana ranged only from two to three percent. Today, the plant has been moved indoors; the THC levels have become twenty percent and upward. This is only one reason why marijuana growers are the best gardeners of Pollan’s generation.
After many years of trying to make the plant grow perfectly indoors, growing marijuana has become lucrative and more desired. Though marijuana growers know that planting the plant is dangerous and they can even lose their house or their property, they are taking the risk because they make good profits. The prohibition made the plant more profitable because growing it indoors takes an enormous amount of time and money. Growers need to use high technology to perfectly monitor the new environment that humans have created for the plant. As a result, the plant, from being naturally grown outdoors cheaply and accessibly, became expensive. There are multibillion dollars with this business because...