Bloomberg Law
July 19, 2019, 10:56 AM

Pot’s Environmental Impacts Catch State Regulators’ Eye

Chuck McCutcheon
Chuck McCutcheon

Legalized pot’s heavy use of pesticides, energy, and water, while also generating tons of plant and packaging waste, are getting state regulators’ attention, Brenna Goth and Tripp Baltz write.

  • States like Michigan, where the Marijuana Regulatory Agency will begin accepting business licenses in November, have adopted rules on industrial wastewater, water resources, and land management for cannabis growers. Illinois, which legalized recreational marijuana this year, will factor environmental planning, including conservation and efficiency efforts, into its scoring of cultivation center applications.
  • Colorado is tweaking some elements of its marijuana environmental and sustainability regulations after becoming the first ...