FEBRUARY | Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Cannabis Cultivation
Moderated by Phoebe Parker-Shames, PhD Candidate in the Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Her multidisciplinary research studies the ecological outcomes of cannabis legalization. Featuring expert panelists Patty Madigan of the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) who shares a video of BMP, Margaret Mantor, an Environmental Scientist at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Amit “Bamboo” Vachher Gnanathurai, a legacy and now commercial cannabis outdoor and greenhouse cultivator who shares a video of his fully licensed, eco-friendly farm.
MARCH | Water and Cannabis
Environmental scientistChristopher Dillis, PhD moderates and gives an overview of how water is used on outdoor cannabis farms, the amount of water used and the water sources.
Panelist Derrick Smith of the Resource Innovation Institute (RII) shares data from the recent Cannabis H20 Report. The Deputy Director of Watershed Branch at Karuk Tribe Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, Earle Crosby, explains the legal and illegal aspects of cannabis farming and how it has negatively affected the water quality on rural tribal lands according to water sampling tests conducted downstream from illegal grows. His focus is on the restoration of Karuk cultural resources and lands. Elijah Portugal, Senior Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), addresses the realistic limitations of natural water sources and regulations around conservation.
APRIL | Equity and Cannabis
MAY | Preparing for Federal Legalization
and Chair, Nina Parks of the San Francisco Cannabis Oversight Committee, Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition (CRCC), Original Equity Group (OEG). Last is Cristál Gallegos, a Commercial grower in AZ and CA and an organizer for Labor Rights and Social Justice in Cannabis Cultivation.