This week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency due to lead in the city of Flints water supply. That same day, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an investigation to determine what went wrong in the city. Several top officials have resigned, and Governor Snyder has apologized.
The effects of lead and other heavy metals in the body are nothing short of frightening, with links to impaired brain and motor function, Alzheimer’s, dementia, heart disease and genetic defects.
In addition to the many physical effects, exposure to lead can impact neuropsychological functioning including deficits in general intellectual functioning, ability to sustain attention on tasks, organization of thinking and behavior, speech articulation, language comprehension and production, learning and memory efficiency, fine motor skills, high activity level, reduced problem solving flexibility, and poor behavioral self-control.
Plants and fungi serve as natural “filters” by pulling toxins out of the soil and air through a process termed phytoremediation. Phytoremediation through the cannabis (hemp) plant has proven beneficial in cleaning up radiation spills from the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, Fukushima, Japan explosion, waste from several former Dupont factories, and other contaminated areas throughout the globe. While crops like corn, mustard, and sunflower seeds can also be used, cannabis (hemp) has continually outperformed them all.
While untested, due governmental restrictions, cannabis has been proven to extract heavy metals from the body, much like soil around a nuclear waste site.
“As we work to ensure that all Flint residents have access to clean and safe drinking water, we are providing them with the direct assistance they need in order to stretch our resources further,” Governor Snyder stated in a news release.
“The Michigan National Guard is trained and ready to assist the citizens of Flint.”
Since Michigan residents enjoy a progressive medical marijuana law, could, or should Flint residents be offered free cannabis in order to counter the effects of Governor Snyder’s intentional poisoning?