Marijuana and the Environment: Regulation and Responsibility in California

Eureka, CA

Marijuana policies are changing around the country. Medical marijuana laws, decriminalization, and the legalization of marijuana for adults in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia have many people asking what’s next for California, including a 2016 ballot initiative.

Marijuana has long been the biggest cash crop in California, and the cultivation of marijuana, especially in the northern part of the state has a legacy as old as marijuana prohibition itself. Cartels and others who grow marijuana in inappropriate places put the land and wildlife, already fragile, in a state of distress.

Concern over the impact of marijuana cultivation on the environment is shared by environmental groups and cannabis farmers trying to grow their crop without these negative impacts.

In considering the next steps for California’s marijuana policies, it is important to explore the damage done to the environment as a result of decades of unregulated marijuana cultivation and to being to devise a plan to repair this damage in a post legalization environment. What does legalization mean for environmental restoration efforts? What role can cannabis farmers play in ensuring a sustainable industry moving forward?

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] to reserve a seat.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Assemblymember Jim Wood (District 2, California)
  • Supervisor Mark Lovelace (Humboldt County)
  • Professor Fred Krissman (Humboldt State University)
  • Hezekiah Allen (Emerald Grower’s Association)
  • Chris Van Hook (Clean Green Certification)
  • Kristin Nevedal (Americans for Safe Access, Patient Focused Certification)

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Red Lion Hotel
1929 4th Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance and Emerald Grower’s Association