First Colorado and Washington, then Oregon and Alaska, and now California. While other states have legalized marijuana use among adults, none of these states addressed the environmental toll that comes with cultivation of this increasingly lucrative crop. California now has an opportunity to reverse that trend.
Countries such as Uruguay, Morocco, and the Netherlands, as well as 23 U.S. states have decriminalized marijuana in some manner. While legalization and liberalization in other places has focused attention on the public health and criminal justice consequences of liberalization, the environmental harm associated with the commercial-scale cultivation of marijuana has been neglected.