Green or Not? Is Cannabis Actually Good for the Environment?

Mar 12, 2023

2:30pm – 3:30pm CT

Recording: Green or Not? Is Cannabis Actually Good for the Environment?, Mar 12, 2023

The cannabis community has carefully cultivated a reputation of being environmentally friendly — but growing cannabis can actually be one of the most energy-intensive processes in agriculture. Depending on the cultivation setup, cannabis can consume up to 40 times the energy that it takes to grow leafy greens like lettuce.
Cannabis remains federally illegal, every state's cannabis industry is self-contained. It's as if every state where orange juice was sold also grew and juiced the oranges themselves.
Advocates say legalizing cannabis on the federal level is the fastest way to lessen environmental impact. Until that happens, these panelists are trying to solve the problem of how to control the environmental footprint of one of the nation’s fastest growing industries.

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Kelly Crawford

Climate Kelly

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Derek Smith

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