Readers React: Solutions for marijuana's environmental mess

LA Times Editorial, September 30, 2015

To the editor: As representatives of craft and artisanal cannabis farmers in California, we applaud The Times' editorial, which addressed environmental damage caused by unregulated and illegal cannabis growers.

Cannabis cultivation can produce undeniable consequences for the environment. The inability to address these consequences is directly linked to prohibition.

For generations, a culture of fear has surrounded cannabis farming, preventing farmers from seeking advice and professional counsel. Historically, our police regulators have not been collaborative with us.

Today, we see a major philosophical shift. Land-use experts and compliance professionals are entering our industry to help cannabis farmers.

Like other farmers, we are hungry for tools to affirm our legitimate roles in the economy, the community and the environment.