Environmental Obligations for the Marijuana Industry

Facility Growing MarijuanaMarijuana cultivation and processing are expanding, as both recreational and medical marihuana products are being legalized across the United States of America. As part of this expansion, it is important to determine what environmental regulations may apply. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has created several guidance documents to aid in the understanding of these regulations and where to go for help.

It is the responsibility of the licensee to comply with all applicable regulations.

Guidance

Checklist: Environmental Compliance for Growers and Processors of Marijuana
This checklist provides a brief overview of potential regulations as well as links to helpful forms and documents. See links below for more specific information.

Protection Water Resources when Growing and Processing Marijuana
This guidance document covers most state programs designed to protect water quality. Please note that other federal, state, and local regulations or programs may apply.

Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste Regulations for Growing and Processing Marijuana
This guidance document covers most state programs related to waste regulations. Please note that other federal, state, and local regulations or programs may apply.

Protecting Air Quality When Growing and Processing Marijuana
This guidance document covers most state programs related to air quality regulations. Please note that other federal, state, and local regulations or programs may apply.

Marihuana Production and Processing Operations – Environmental Regulations and Concerns
(Local Leaders Webinar recorded 3/26/19, 68 min)
With the legalization of recreational marihuana in Michigan, local leaders are faced with managing environmental concerns from the growing and processing of marihuana. The MDEQ created a Marihuana Workgroup to evaluate the environmental risks posed by marihuana growing and processing as well as to assess the applicability of existing environmental regulations to this budding industry. Marihuana is known to have impacts on all environmental media including odors, water discharges, land use restrictions, and pesticide and herbicide use that falls out of agricultural regulations. All of these challenges can cause community concerns and complaints. View this webinar to learn how your governing agency can manage recreational marihuana impacts in your community.

Background

MI Environment Article - Environmental Impacts of the Marijuana Industry
This article was published on April 17, 2019 and is an overview of the potential environmental impacts of the marijuana industry. Subscribe to MI Environment!

White Paper: The Environmental Impacts of the Marihuana Industry
This document was finalized on September 17, 2018 by EGLE's Marijuana Workgroup, prior to marijuana being legalized recreationally in Michigan. The workgroup consists of staff from multiple EGLE divisions and is changed with evaluating the environmental impacts of the marijuana industry, creating outreach and guidance for growers and processors and working with the Marijuana Regulatory Agency housed in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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