Home Tags Environment

Tag: Environment

Is Pot part of Denver’s ozone headache? That’s what researchers want to find out

9/30/19--Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is conducting a study of terpenes, the organic compounds that make the cannabis plant smell so strong. The study will be the most robust of its kind and builds on the research of William Vizuete, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. His study found cannabis grows could contribute anywhere from 66 to 657 tons of emissions per year. Compared to the total VOCs found in the state, that’s about a half a percent to 3.5 percent increase. Read

There’s still so much we need to learn about weed — and fast

2/11/19--Last month, UC Berkeley opened the Cannabis Research Center to start tackling some of the social and environmental unknowns about marijuana. The goal is to create a body of data to inform future policies, making marijuana safer for all. It's evident that more research is needed, and with the legalized marijuana industry growing nationwide, further research is needed soon. Read

As legal pot farms expand, so do air pollution worries

1/24/19--Researchers want to know more about how pot farms affect air quality. One study, for instance, suggested that more than 600 indoor pot farms in Denver could be worsening the city's air pollution. Next month, Colorado officials will launch one of the largest studies to date of pot farm emissions. Those findings could also aid regulators across the nation, who face a dearth of data as they try to evaluate the pot industry's potential effects on indoor and outdoor air quality as well as worker health. Read

Marijuana growers stare down costly, burgeoning environmental regulations

8/28/18--Marijuana growers face a slew of requirements under California’s environmental regulations, with applicants spending tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to meet requirements, industry watchers reported. Yet, California cultivators aren’t the only ones bracing to deal with the financial load surrounding environmental rules. Growers in other states are experiencing it as well. Read

Illegal marijuana sites can’t hide from science

7/11/18--Illegal marijuana farms on national forests is a growing problem. Law enforcement agencies have tapped into the Forest Service scientific community to gain insights on how to better counter illegal grow sites on national forests. These sites have devastating impacts on both wildlife and water quality. Read

Marijuana farmers sue the county

2/22/18--Marijuana farmers have undertaken a number of challenges to the recently enacted ban on cannabis cultivation, including lawsuits seeking to overturn the ban and challenges to the county’s refusal to produce a memorandum sent to all supervisors that was the subject of a Freedom of Information Act request. Read

Owls dying near marijuana farms (here’s why)

1/11/18--New research reveals that several species, including the northern spotted owl, are succumbing to rat poison from thousands of "unpermitted private marijuana grow sites" in the northwestern California counties of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Del Norte. It's the contamination of the owls' primary food source — mice and rats, which, like humans, are attracted to the aromatic crop — that has been the animals' undoing. Read

Mexican drug cartels may use legal marijuana to take over Northern California

1/10/18--Federal authorities say Mexican drug cartels are propping up black-market marijuana farms all across Northern California. Now weed is sparking the next gold rush, and law enforcement is struggling to keep cartels out of the game, even though recreational marijuana became legal in California on January 1 and medical marijuana has been permitted since 1996. Today, California is the epicenter of black-market marijuana in the U.S., with over 90 percent of the country’s illegal marijuana farms. Read

Marijuana farming is harming the environment, study shows

11/1/17--Marijuana farming in remote locations is hurting the environment, new research shows. When researchers analyzed the ecological consequences of marijuana farming in Northern California, they were surprised by the outsized impact of small farms. Read

Ithaca College professor finds cannabis cultivation hurts environment

10/31/17--According to a new study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and co-authored by Jake Brenner, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Ithaca College, planting cannabis for commercial production in remote locations is creating forest fragmentation, stream modification, soil erosion, and landslides. Without land-use policies to limit its environmental footprint, the impacts of cannabis farming could get worse. Read

Marijuana industry, far from green, is a power hog

8/5/17--One oft-cited study by New Frontier estimates that marijuana cultivation uses 1 percent of American electricity consumption. Another report by a company focusing on clean energy research finds that indoor grow labs have electricity use on par with data centers, or 50 to 200 times more than the average office complex. Read

Pesticide and Fertilizer Use on Marijuana in Washington

8/28/17--To assist growers who use pesticides for the production of marijuana in Washington, WSDA has developed a list of pesticides that meet WSDA Criteria for use on marijuana. The list only includes registered pesticides that are allowable for use on marijuana as defined by the above criteria. The list has been provided to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and the Washington State Department of Health and will be updated by WSDA as needed. Read

Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

8/6/17--Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital. Ecologist Mourad Gabriel, who documents the issue for the Forest Service, estimates California's forests hold 41 times more solid fertilizers and 80 times more liquid pesticides than Forest Service investigators found in 2013. Read

Where marijuana plants flourish under energy-saving LED lights

11/25/16--Hundreds of marijuana plants were flowering recently under 40 LED lights as part of a high-stakes experiment in energy conservation — an undertaking subsidized by the local electric company. Although the LED lights are more expensive up front, viagra order their lower electricity requirements mean they can save money in the long run. It is not just that the LED lights take so much less energy to operate. They also run cooler, order requiring less air-conditioning. Read

The marijuana boom is contributing to the climate crisis

10/5/16--A new report finds that marijuana cultivation accounts for as much as 1 percent of energy use in states such as Colorado and Washington. The electricity needed to illuminate, medical dehumidify, and air-condition large growing operations may soon rival the expenditures from big data centers. The marijuana industry’s energy use “is immense,” said the report’s author, Kelly Crandall, an analyst for EQ Research. Read

Is marijuana causing global warming?

10/6/16--The impact on the climate is one factor in the debate about whether or not marijuana should be grown and used for medical reasons. According to a new report by a clean energy policy research institute, 'Marijuana cultivation may be viewed as a burden that will lead to higher costs and larger environmental footprints.' Read

Marijuana grow ops could soon rival data center energy use

10/3/16--The amount of total energy used by pot growers is growing. Colorado estimated grow facilities used about 0.5 percent of the state’s electricity in 2014, malady and the state’s utilities say that figure is growing by about 50 percent per year. Read

Marijuana growing operation sparked Harrisburg fire

9/7/16--Police are searching for a Harrisburg property owner after heat lamps used to grow marijuana allegedly ignited a fire in a city house Wednesday morning. Read

Illegal marijuana operations smoked out by growing 80,000-acre California wildfire

8/29/16--The Monterey County Sheriff's Office has so far seized nearly 20,000 marijuana plants from illegal marijuana operations in the Los Padres National Forest, officials said, after firefighters trying to extinguish flames in the area repeatedly encountered suspicious persons. The blaze has been burning since July 22 and has destroyed more than 80,000 acres in Carmel Valley, Cachagua, and Big Sur. Read

Illegal marijuana operations smoked out California wildfire

8/19/16--The Soberanes Fire burns in Monterey County, online Calif., salve on Thursday, where it has destroyed more than 80,000 acres and 57 homes since it started July 22 -- and resulted in the seizures of nearly 20,000 illegal marijuana plants that had been cultivated inside the Los Padres National Forest. Read

When growing marijuana isn’t green

4/22/16--Marijuana, which consumes up to about 23 liters of water per plant per day, is a particularly thirsty plant. Law enforcement and researchers say that growers, licit or otherwise, routinely flout water laws, diverting and damming streams and rivers and sapping formerly replete local watersheds. According to Kathryn Phillips, the director of the Sierra Club’s California chapter, the negative effects of marijuana cultivation was once "a dirty little secret of that industry,” but lawmakers, regulators, and some parts of the industry are now finally starting to address them. Read