Making the ‘Grass’ Greener: Marijuana and the Environment
A bit of irony just might exist in the marijuana industry.
Prohibition forced marijuana growers “into the closet” and under artificial lights. “A whole industry developed,” says Jonathan Valdman, founder of the environmentally focused organization Greening Corporate Cannabis (GCC).
As legalization continues to spread like (pardon the overused pun) a weed, marijuana’s indoor growing habits have grown right alongside the new, legal industry.
Now, cannabis cultivation is moving into the spotlight for what prohibition has forced cannabis growers to do—grow indoors under artificial lighting. And the environmental impact is becoming a key focus for those concerned about both high energy bills and the industry’s carbon footprint.