Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal


This article provides a brief historiography of legislative prejudice against marijuana to provide greater context as to why marijuana laws are strict, excessive, and improperly motivated, leading to environmental concerns that could be mitigated. The article compares waste management, packaging, and labeling regulations in the ten states that have legalized commercial marijuana. This comparison allows us to explore two sides of the same regulatory coin, showing examples of excessive and environmentally harmful regulations on one side, while highlighting regulations that should serve as exemplars for future legislation on the other. Also included are some of the industry practices and community feedback to shed light on the regulations in practice. Hopefully this article can contribute to moving the needle towards a more equitable and sustainable regulatory system of the marijuana industry.