Last Earth Day, Cannabis Reports (formerly Smoke Reports) wrote about five reasons why cannabis can help the environment. In the past year, cannabis awareness has spread and more people are joining the conversation about the positive impact of cannabis.

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Cannabis Reports know the importance of recognizing Earth Day, and remaining conscious of our ecological footprint. The progress of the cannabis industry over the last year is evident from advancements in legitimate cultivation practices, industrial hemp production and conversion to alternative materials and fuels.

Industrial Hemp Farming Gets A Lot of Attention

Growing hemp for industrial purposes can have a dramatic effect on the environment, almost exclusively for the better. Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) produces a plentiful amount of fiber, and rapid growth cycles allow farms to regenerate materials much faster than other pulp and fiber sources.

Hemp (source)

Hemp (source)

Hemp production also consumes an incredible amount of carbon dioxide, and is capable of reloading soil with healthy nutrients.

Last year, Congress heard Senate Bill 134 (Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015), and since that time, many state legislatures (most recently Alabama and Pennsylvania) have introduced regulations promoting the hemp cultivation industry.

Alternative Fuels and Materials Derived from Cannabis

Widespread cannabis cultivation could potentially separate us from our addiction to petroleum-based products and fuels. Alternative cannabis-baed materials have been getting a lot of recent attention, especially in the fields of construction and engineering.

Hempcrete Used for Construction (source)

Hempcrete Used for Construction (source)

Hempcrete is a great example of the prominence of cannabis when it comes to innovative ideas. A University in Finland recently granted 70,000 euros to research cannabis for construction purposes.

Medical and Recreational Cannabis Cultivation

Over the last few months, cannabis legislation has been presented in multiple states that would allow for legal cannabis opportunities. One of the negative aspects of illegal cannabis is that cultivators are forced to hide their farms, often resulting in water diversion, waste and sewage run-off, and hazardous land grading.

Aftermath of an Illegal Cannabis Farm Discovered by the U.S. Forest Service (source)

Aftermath of an Illegal Cannabis Farm Discovered by the U.S. Forest Service (source)

California is home to thousands of cannabis cultivation sites. At the end of 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed three cannabis bills that grant the cannabis industry opportunities to operate as legal, regulated, for-profit businesses.

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By bringing cannabis into the light, cannabis farmers can feel comfortable growing their flowers without resorting to harmful and irresponsible cultivation practices.

Have a Happy Earth Day

Earth Day is a great opportunity to reflect on your personal relationship with the environment. Cannabis often gets bad press about its impact on the environment, and it is important to remember that cannabis can be incredibly positive, provided we make those opportunities possible.

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