Think WI-SH Launches Initiatives Cannabis Standardization
Think Wildlife Initiative – Saving Habitat
Think Wildlife Initiative – Saving Habitat (Think WI-SH) is a Los Angeles-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused nationwide on habitat preservation and wildlife protection (www.thinkwi-sh.org). Its efforts are directed toward restoring habitat affected by pollutants and other human activity, reforestation, clean water, air and soil and environmental sustainability with industry and local government.
Think WI-SH’s first project is standardizing arguably one of the fastest growing cottage industries in the United States today: The Cannabis Industry (www.thinkwi-sh.org). Lack of federal oversight and regulation has led to widespread uncertainty and confusion among state officials, cannabis growers and dispensaries alike as to which amount, frequency of use and type of pesticides are safe to use and those that are not. Unregulated use of pesticides has resulted in numerous state-wide product recalls in Colorado alone. Pesticide use on cannabis-related products have sickened people and adversely affected the environment. Run off from pesticides pollutes waterways and contaminates the environment. If not regulated soon, it is expected that more product recalls will become the norm. Eventually this could lead to future class action lawsuits stemming from fear and concern over long term health implications from cannabis pesticide use.
There are currently 23 states that have legalized cannabis for medicinal use. Out of those 23 states, 3 of them (Washington, Oregon and Colorado) have fully recognized both recreational and medicinal use. As states continue to fully legal cannabis use, states revenue will continue to grow. Colorado pulled in more than $76M in marijuana taxes and business fees alone for 2014. That number is expected to increase dramatically particularly as normalization and regulation begin to take effect in the near future.
Think WI-SH’s central aim is to preserve all habitats so that wildlife and human life can thrive in harmony. Think WI-SH will seek out those individuals, communities, companies and governments that are performing Best Practices regarding pesticide use in cannabis. Its cannabis standardization program is meant to recognize and highlight those growers and dispensaries who incorporate organic farmer methods or Best Practices and, in the very least, maintain safe levels of toxins in their so as not to further affect the environment nor harm individuals. Raw data on pesticide use in cannabis will be made available at www.thinkwi-shpolicy.org. Think WI-SH will also list those companies or individuals that meet our criteria of Organic Best Practices at www.thinkwi-sh.org.
Vincent Fredrick, a Claremont Graduate University PhD candidate and former Business Development Director in the Telecommunications and IT Industry, established think-WI-SH. Fredrick plans to expand Think WI-SH on a national level. “Our goal is to preserve our world today to protect our children tomorrow and we will accomplish this through ACTION and ANALYSIS otherwise referred to as our “AA Strategy. In short, we will take action nationwide, state-by-state, as it relates to standardizing the cannabis industry to help protect people, the environment and wildlife from harmful chemicals and dangerous toxins that seep into the soil, affect ground water and harm both people and animals alike. What most people do not seem to comprehend is that unregulated pesticide use on cannabis has already sickened people and led to numerous state-wide recalls costing tens of millions of dollars. Regardless of the controversy surrounding cannabis use, the reality is it will be eventually be legalized nationwide due to its proven medicinal qualities. States benefit from increased revenues. People with actual illnesses benefit from its natural pain remedies. But what we need to do however, is regulate it like any other traditional farming product to ensure that only minimum quantities of pesticides are used, if at all. The more organic the better. It will result in less people getting sick and less contamination to habitat that both people AND wildlife are dependent on for survival, stated Fredrick.
The Think WI-SH website provides resources and information for people interested in jobs, careers, providing information about pesticide use, wildlife initiatives, as well as fundraising and donation opportunities. www.thinkwi-sh.org, is a website devoted to awareness and educating the public on the harmful substances in cannabis that adversely affect not just habitat but people too. The site provides numerous ways that visitors can give back to help the mission in the form of information, statistics, awareness, donations, and legislative petitions.
Think WI-SH is dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring habitat destroyed or under threat of contamination or other human activity. www.thinkwi-sh.org provides information, resources and action plans on how anyone can help save and sustain their habitat. Think WI-SH supports both legislation and regulation that protects people, habitat and animals suffering from pollution and harmful toxins, which is the number one cause of global cancer rates.