Cannabis Research Center

Over the past couple of years, California has moved into the brave new world of fully legalizing (as a matter of state law) recreational and medical cannabis.  That transition was premised in part on promises that legalization would reduce the negative environmental impacts from illegal cannabis cultivation, and would facilitate the development of a sustainable cannabis industry. However, the new regulatory system has had growing pains.  Relatively low percentages of existing cultivators have applied for licenses in the new regulatory system.  There are questions about how burdensome the regulatory system is, and how robust the legal market is in the state, compared to the still significant black market.  Moreover, there are growing concerns that the transition to legal cannabis may produce shifts in the scale and nature of the cultivation industry, prompting a move away from small-scale, individually owned and managed cultivation operations to large-scale,…

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