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Category: Environmental

Not so green: how the weed industry is a glutton for fossil fuels

Producing a few pounds of weed can have the same environmental toll as driving across America seven times – harming cities’ and states’ plans to curb emissions As he opens the steel door to the jumble of his office, located in a cloistered warehouse on the west side of Denver, Paul Isenbergh is barking down…
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Environmental Impacts of Cannabis Cultivation in California

Environmental Impacts of Cannabis Cultivation in California Mariah Ponce ENVS PDF Version: https://www.csus.edu/envs/for%20students/Ponce.finalthesis.spring18-.pdf Abstract Marijuana (Cannabis spp.) is a water intensive plant that requires 22.7 liters of water a day per plant to grow. On average, outdoor marijuana sites require nearly 430 million L/ km2 of water for production. Water use associated with marijuana production…
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Everything you need to know about pot’s environmental impact

Americans smoke a lot of weed. It’s a little tricky to get a handle on the actual numbers — there’s that whole “illegal” thing in a lot of places — but we can say there are at least 20 million users in the country. Colorado alone had nearly $1 billion in recreational and medicinal marijuana sales in 2015,…
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Toxic Waste From Illegal Marijuana Farms Is Polluting California Forests

The U.S. Forest Service has reported that national forests in California are being polluted by the residue of numerous illegal marijuana grows. The federal agency estimates that thousands of acres of forest have been contaminated by pollutants, with some sites becoming so toxic that people simply touching plants have been hospitalized.  According to ecologist Mourad Gabriel,…
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What’s That Smell? NY Times

Today, we’ve got a potent story from San Francisco bureau chief Thomas Fuller: A decade ago Marie and Surinder Uppal fulfilled what they considered their American dream: the construction of a two-story home next to vineyards in Sonoma County. But earlier this year, besieged by a mysterious, pungent odor, they wondered if they had made the…
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Dead Skunk’ Stench From Marijuana Farms Outrages Californians – NY Times

CARPINTERIA, Calif. — They call it fresh skunk, the odor cloud or sometimes just the stink. Mike Wondolowski often finds himself in the middle of it. He may be on the chaise longue on his patio, at his computer in the house, or tending to his orange and lemon trees in the garden when the…
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Report: Sonoma County’s natural resources worth billions

This is what the Supervisors don’t get. This is what they fail to understand, much less preserve. Our rural character.A recent report accompanying revisions to the cannabis ordinance stated that preservation of rural character was not a consideration. “The aesthetic benefit of the county’s working and natural lands has the highest value of any single…
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Illegal pot grows spread deadly pesticides, other hazards, despite change in law

The legalization of cannabis in California has done almost nothing to halt illegal marijuana growing by Mexican drug cartels, which are laying bare large swaths of national forest in California, poisoning wildlife, and siphoning precious water out of creeks and rivers, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said Tuesday. The situation is so dire that federal, state…
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