The Environmental Toll of Growing Cannabis, Both Legally and Illegally

Last week, a big multi-agency “reclamation” effort on national forest lands in California’s Emerald Triangle brought attention again to the serious environmental impacts of outlaw cannabis cultivation. But while environmental regulators condemn these illicit growers, they often overlook the obvious reality that legal crops also take an ecological toll. After years of breakneck well-drilling, much…

Lompoc, California: The ‘Free Market’ Cannabis Plan to Reshape a Small Town’s Economy

In 2007, when the economic collapse arrived hand-in-hand with the start of the marijuana Green Rush in America, a narrative about cannabis legalization emerged: Cannabis can reshape and revive economies. This narrative is true, but it’s also worth considering how cannabis can reshape a local economy. For the most part, as legalization has spread, it’s been followed…