The Politics of Sustainability

The Politics of Sustainability

Cannabis Business Times recently featured an article I wrote, titled "The Politics of Sustainability: How to work proactively with city and state energy and environmental officials to keep you clear of citations, and make your grow more sustainable." Below is the lede, and you can find the whole article here: When it comes to energy and the environment, there is bad news and good news for cannabis growers. The bad news is the Trump Administration has abdicated much of its responsibility to protect the environment, and the cannabis industry—particularly energy- and water-intensive commercial-scale growing and processing facilities—will be squarely in the crosshairs of state energy and environmental regulators as a result. The good news, however, is that this presents three prime opportunities for cultivators: To come together to work with policymakers to craft regulations that make sense for the industry and the environment, To explore innovative ways to reduce the energy and environmental impact of cannabis production, and To brand the cannabis...
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Climate Resources Group Comments to Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

Climate Resources Group Comments to Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

October 17, 2017 Cannabis Control Commission One Ashburton Place, Room 313 Boston, MA 02108 Via email to CannabisCommission@State.MA.US ATTN: Regulations Dear Members of the Cannabis Control Commission, My name is Sam Milton, Principal of Climate Resources Group, a consulting firm based in Arlington, Massachusetts. These comments pertain to the development of regulations for the adult use of marijuana in Massachusetts, and I am submitting them on behalf of the firm. We are grateful for the work of the Cannabis Control Commission and its commitment to meet the objectives laid out in Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017.  The purpose of these comments is to highlight two of the legislature’s mandates and to underscore their importance to the Commission’s overall success: SECTION 57.  “The Massachusetts cannabis control commission … shall provide recommendations to ensure farmers’ access to marijuana licenses and to allow for the growth, cultivation, production and harvest of marijuana on farm or agricultural lands…” SECTION 78. “The Massachusetts cannabis control commission shall establish energy and environmental standards …...
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