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:

  1. To come together to work with policymakers to craft regulations that make sense for the industry and the environment,
  2. To explore innovative ways to reduce the energy and environmental impact of cannabis production, and
  3. To brand the cannabis industry and its allies as leaders in environmentally responsible operations.

At the heart of the issue is resource consumption. Indoor growers know how power-hungry their operations are. Add up all the lights, heating, cooling and dehumidification systems, water pumps, CO2 injecting systems, fans and everything else (not to mention extractors and commercial kitchen equipment used during post-harvest processes), and you quickly have an enormous electric bill. You know that this bill represents the electricity it takes to power your business that month. Utilities try to understand how it affects the grid. And now environmental regulators—and increasingly customers—are connecting your business’s power consumption, along with your water and waste-management practices, with its overall environmental footprint.

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