The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan Essay

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Every garden has their own purposes that make gardeners devote a great 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 the best gardeners of his generation have devoted themselves to growing cannabis, popularly known as marijuana. Intrigued with Pollan’s argument, I completely agree with him. Marijuana growers are the best gardeners because they perfected the plant in growing them indoors, they make good business out of it, and the plant itself fills the need of humans for transcendent altered states of consciousness.
The modern prohibition against marijuana led
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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 2 to 3 percent, but now that the plant has been move indoors the THC levels have become 20 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, indoor, growing marijuana have become lucrative and more desired. Though marijuana growers know that planting the plant is dangerous and can even lose their house or all their property, they are taking the risk because it is a good business. The prohibition made the plant more profitable because growing them indoors takes a great amount of time and money. Growers needs to use high technology to perfectly monitor the new environment that human have created for the plant. As a result, the plant, from being naturally grown outdoors and cheaply and accessibly, became expensive. There is so much money with this business because, one of the reasons, growers don’t even have to pay taxes from selling them. However, in today’s society, California is having a big experiment trying to find a way to legalize marijuana. The growers that made their business out of it could pay taxes that can help them have more money to supports its people. Also, I believe if this happened, human can again reconnect

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