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Environmental regulations and your cannabis business

In addition to regulations surrounding the operation of cannabis businesses, owners also have to comply with a long list of environmental regulations as well. Here is a brief rundown of how some of the new regulations will impact cultivators, and how CCA can help ensure your business is operating within these regulations. 


Cannabis farms and the environment

All cannabis and cannabis products start from seeds, whether they get their start at an indoor grow or an outdoor farm. Now, all cultivator businesses, no matter how they are comprised, must adhere to environmental regulations in order to remain compliant with the law. 

Illegal or black market grows have the potential to disrupt and negatively impact the environment, as a 2017 study shows — it revealed that cannabis grows are more damaging, plot for plot, than commercial logging in Northern California forests. Converting these illegal enterprises to regulated businesses is a goal that will not only boost the state's revenue stream in the form of taxes, but will improve environmental conditions surrounding cannabis farms.

Environmental regulations specifically targeting cannabusinesses involve many aspects of the environment. They focus on issues such as illegal diversions of water, pesticides and toxic substances as well as dangers for wildlife, ranging from owls to bears to elk. Water regulations are extensive and will require a lot of work on the part of the cannabis cultivator, and will include daily records, permit applications and routine inspections. 

More enforcement

In addition to forming new regulations, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation is beefing up its staff. They're adding around 10 toxicologies and other scientists specifically to deal with the cannabis industry. The state's wildlife department has added around 100 law enforcement officers, scientists and others specifically for the cannabis industry, and state and local water boards are also bumping up staffers to help deal with the industry's water issues. 

Cannabis cultivators will also be limited to certain conventional pesticides as well as those that are typically associated with organic farming (such as cinnamon oil, citronella or traps). Cannabis products will also be tested at state-licensed labs to ensure the final products are free of pesticides or other dangers.

CCA can help ensure compliance

Are you looking for an advocate to help your business navigate the extensive regulations for cannabis cultivators? CCA has the experience to help ensure your business attains and maintains compliance

Monica Beyer