Physics World

Could legalizing cannabis help the environment?

By Kate Ravilious

December 11, 2018

“Cannabis might make people feel high, but from an environmental perspective it could be a real downer. In the US state of California a massive expansion in cannabis farms has resulted in deforestation, overstretched water supplies, wildlife poisoning, and destabilization of steep hillsides. Without suitable policy intervention and careful planning, other parts of the world are likely to suffer too as demand for cannabis continues to rise…”