Energy Impacts

In the spirit of envision 2026, I call on the board to take decisive action today in pursuit of our mission, which includes the “the restoration of natural resources and watersheds.” We need a comprehensive, robust and phased strategy to move the industry toward the environmentally superior alternative

I offer the following resolution to start the discussion.

Draft: Resolution related to Environmental Impacts

Whereas the California Growers Association has a commitment to ensuring cannabis is not only California’s most valuable cash crop, but also its most sustainable;

Whereas the CalCannabis DEIR concludes that the “Environmentally Superior Alternative” is the “No High-Intensity Grow Light Alternative;”

Whereas the intent of proposition 64 includes the following;

  1. (a) Take nonmedical marijuana production and sales out of the hands of the illegal market and bring them under a regulatory structure that …protects …the environment.
  2. (h) Require licensed nonmedical marijuana businesses to follow strict environmental and product safety standards as a condition of maintaining their license.

Be it hereby resolved that the California Growers Association supports the following policies:

Alternative A.                  Establishment of a “Carbon Free Standard” appellation by 2021;

Alternative B.                  Imposition of a 100 percent carbon free mandate by 2026; 50 percent by 2022

Alternative C.                  Elimination of the Type 5 Indoor license before 2023

Alternative D.                  Phase out the Type 3 Indoor license by 2026

Alternative E.                  Allow Type 1 and 2 Indoor licenses to be issued only for sites that are generating 100 percent additional renewable energies (50 percent by 2022)

Alternative F.                  Allow Type 3 and 5 mixed light licenses to be issued only for sites that are generating 100 percent additional renewable energies (50 percent by 2022)

Alternative G.                  Exempt Type 1C “cottage indoor” from enhanced GHG requirements

 

Recommendation: I recommend your board meet again in August—or vote today to authorize an email vote prior to August—to adopt some or all of these (or other) alternatives to achieve this goal.

Optional: Appoint a “Climate Change Adaptation” committee to take the lead on refining our platform and making recommendations to the board.


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