Marijuana Cultivation: Issues, Impacts, and the Evolving Environmental Setting

APA California Chapter, Inland Empire Section


Thursday, July 28, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT

Palm Desert, CA, United States

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Ron Braginton of The Altum Group, will begin the presentation with a discussion on environmental impacts created by illegal marijuana cultivation in the National Forests in California. Illegal cultivation has been an ongoing nuisance for years due to its impacts on endangered species, forests, and water quality. The changing political setting in California could potentially reduce illegal grow sites, reducing environmental impacts to National Parks and wilderness in California by legalizing the cultivation of cannabis and related manufacturing of cannabis products.

Proposition 64, The California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, will be on the November 8, 2016, ballot. The initiative is designed to legalize marijuana and hemp under state law and enact a 15% sales tax and additional cultivation tax, with exceptions for qualifying medical sales and cultivation.  Audrey Nickerson and Doug Kinley III, also with Altum, will discuss how several Coachella Valley cities have already laid the groundwork to support marijuana cultivation by approving ordinances to amend their municipal codes.  The ordinances include specific standards for development and operation of marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facilities. Additionally, Audrey and Doug will discuss a few notable proposed marijuana cultivation facilities within the Coachella Valley.

We will round out the presentation with an open discussion on legalizing marijuana in California and potential environmental impacts that may arise with the changing political setting.

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