An Environmental Analysis of Recreational Cannabis

Authors: Stephanie Salerno; Jacquelyn Valsamis

Advisors: John Bergendahl; Stephen Kmiotek

Category: Undergraduate

The recreational cannabis industry has experienced rapid growth, yet the environmental impacts of the industry are still largely unknown. This may be attributed to the lack of available data and comprehensive studies. More fundamental and applied research is required in many areas of cannabis production. Our research provides a brief overview of current recreational cannabis regulations and in depth environmental analyses of five main concerns: air, energy, pesticides, waste, and water. For each category, an evaluation of common industry practices was performed to assess their environmental impacts. Based on our research, a series of recommendations were made to improve the sustainability of the cannabis industry.

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