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Smokey’s 420 Gets the ‘Dirt’ on Pot Crop

The story of Smokey’s 420, mom-and-pop pot shop that’s taken a more environmental perspective. Plus, why the explosion in the infant business legal cannabis could be bad news for the environment, if left largely unregulated. 

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Why an Unregulated Pot Business May Be Bad for the Environment 

One industry seemingly unharmed by the coronavirus-related shutdown is legal cannabis. But the explosion in this infant business could be bad news for the environment, if left largely unregulated. A closer look at the issues. Plus, the story of Smokey’s 420, mom-and-pop pot shop that’s taken a more environmental perspective.

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Virus: "Meatpacking Workers Wonder Whether Job Is A 'Death Sentence'"

"Many are criticizing the industry’s response for waiting too long to implement safety precautions and close processing plants as thousands have tested positive for coronavirus."

Source: Food Dive, 04/29/2020

As Salton Sea Spews Harmful Dust, Imperial Valley Water Wars Heat Up

"The people of California’s Imperial Valley can be as unforgiving as the region’s harsh desert climate. It’s been 16 years since Bruce Kuhn cast the fateful vote to transfer tens of billions of gallons of Colorado River water from the valley’s sprawling farms to thirsty coastal cities, reshaping water politics in California and across the West."

Source: LA Times, 04/28/2020

"Meat-Shortage Risk Climbs With 25% of U.S. Pork Capacity Offline"

"The U.S. is edging closer to possible meat shortages with another major plant taken off line. About a quarter of American pork production and 10% of beef output has now been shuttered, according to the United Food & Commercial Workers, which estimates that 13 U.S. plants have seen closures."

Source: Bloomberg, 04/24/2020

"Clean Water Act: Trump's Rewrite Is Finalized. What Happens Now?"

"EPA published its Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the Federal Register this morning .... Publication starts a 60-day clock before the rule goes into effect and waves a green flag for an onslaught of lawsuits likely to be filed around the country. The litigation will undoubtedly run beyond Election Day, so the future of the rule likely depends on whether Trump wins a second term."

Source: Greenwire, 04/22/2020

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