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Protecting Cannabis from Big Agriculture Today

Environment Reiman

[Note: This is a new, bi-weekly series about how cannabis activists can add value to today’s cannabis industry – by Amanda Reiman, cannabis activist and VP of Community Relations with Flow Kana. You can read part one here and here.]

The Evolution of Organic is a documentary that traces the history of the organic food movement to the original back-to-the-landers in northern California.

These folks came to regions like Mendocino and Humboldt because of a belief about what a “healthy lifestyle” looked like.

To these people, producing food naturally and without chemicals was a reflection of their respect for the land. These communities produced a variety of plants, including cannabis, and treated it as a plant-based medicine and community healing tool.

Although cannabis was present, it was but a part of the ecosystem adopted by these early farmers. And these ecosystems were reflective of the values of the communities.

The fight against Big Agriculture is directly related to upholding these values, as is concern about carbon production, GMO’s and wildlife preservation.

Cannabis and Environmentalism are Intertwined

Now that cannabis is on the road to industrialized agriculture, the nexus between cannabis activism and environmental activism has never been greater.

The mindless use of land and resources that comes with most large-scale agricultural operations existed with cannabis before legalization.

Before legalization, cartels and other large illicit market players would often clear-cut forests in remote areas of northern California to set up heavily guarded grows.

These groups used poisons and traps to maintain their grow area. They often left trash and hazardous waste on site. And while federal dollars were provided to find and eradicate the grows themselves, no money was allocated to clean up and restore the land.

Also before legalization, the back-to-the-landers were creating permaculture paradises, regenerative farming using crop rotation and beneficial insects to produce medicine and food without chemicals and to improve the quality of their land as they cultivated it.

However, under prohibition, these organic farmers were lumped in with the large trespass grows. In the eyes of the law, there was no difference.

Now we are in a new era. But face the same players.

The cartel activity is winding down, and big industry is ramping up.

And, as the folks who fled the cities in the 1960s can tell you, large agriculture is no friend of the environment.

A Real Threat in the Emerging Cannabis Industry

Well-financed companies can afford penalties for polluting the environment while stricter environmental regulations often negatively impact the little guy most.

And big business can afford powerful lobbying efforts despite contributing to social and environmental harm.

This is a real threat in the emerging cannabis industry and an area where activism is needed on a large and far-reaching scale.

Policy choices being made right now will impact our ability to do what’s right by the earth in the future.

A glaring example of this is the embracing of indoor cannabis cultivation.

Granted, during prohibition plants were moved indoors to prevent detection. And granted, the inability to transport cannabis across state lines limits the ability for outdoor cultivation in some climates.

But consider this, in California, a state that produces most of the country’s food outdoors, cannabis is only allowed to be cultivated outside in 13 jurisdictions.

The rest must be grown in greenhouses, sometimes using high-intensity discharge lighting, which produces the same strain on the grid as 298 homes to light half an acre for one year.

And to meet the need of these indoor gardens, there has erupted an industrial cannabis grow light sector of the industry. One that stands to lose money if we make greener choices about cultivation. One that might lobby against environmental interests in the name of business…

See where I am going with this?

The Role of Activists Today

The role of activists post-legalization isn’t just driving cannabis policy. It’s making the connections between real-time industry decisions and unintended consequences.

It’s speaking up on behalf of the earth and joining together with other groups who are dedicated to protecting her.

And it’s taking advantage of a very real and very rare opportunity to pivot on how we grow food, something that will impact generations to come. But it’s not the only place where opportunity is presenting itself.

In my next installment, I will talk about gender and racial equity in the workplace and how activists can use cannabis as a catalyst.

– This article was originally posted at Green Flower

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