How Green Is The Cannabis Industry?

Production and cultivation of marijuana are ramping up in Nevada, but development on a commercial scale comes with certain air quality challenges.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah visited a specialized greenhouse to learn more about the potential environmental impact of the cannabis industry.

Jay Arnone is an ecologist at the Desert Research Institute in Reno. And today he’s showing off their customized growing facility.

“This is a facility that was designed to be able to scale from individual plants growing in pots to plants growing together in a more natural setting,” Arnone says. “And then linking those to the field.”

We’re standing in essentially a giant cabin that’s half greenhouse, half laboratory. Inside there are four independent enclosed structures—EcoCELLS they’re called.

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