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Just How Green is Your Cannabis?

Despite Legalization’s Momentum, Sustainable Cannabis Cultivation Remains an Afterthought

Our first long-form investigation looks at the ecological impact of legal cannabis cultivation. Pro-legalization advocacy groups claimed that licensed recreational cannabis would reduce the environmental damage caused by unlicensed grows. However, licensed cultivation consumes large amounts of electricity and water, and it’s unclear who is responsible for monitoring those resources, so little data exists. At the same time, the black market remains thriving. Even the kindest bud may not be gentle on the environment … yet.Our first long-form investigation looks at the ecological impact of legal cannabis cultivation. Pro-legalization advocacy groups claimed that licensed recreational cannabis would reduce the environmental damage caused by unlicensed grows. However, licensed cultivation consumes large amounts of electricity and water, and it’s unclear who is responsible for monitoring those resources, so little data exists. At the same time, the black market remains thriving. Even the kindest bud may not be gentle on the environment … yet.

 

 

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