The Open Space Council Blog


Conservation and Cannabis: A Complex and Timely Matter for Bay Area Lands

August 9, 2017


Photo by Prachatai, Flickr Creative Commons


There is an increasing awareness that illegal cannabis operations are having negative impacts on many Bay Area public and private lands. They impact the environments where they are located, often introducing chemicals that harm plants and wildlife, diverting water from creeks and streams, and creating areas that are unsafe to manage. The statewide legalization of recreational cannabis could address issues like these in a number of ways. Land managers and government officials are working to determine what the future holds — Will illegal grows decrease? Will agricultural land values increase? How much tax revenue will generated by cannabis sales?

Join us at our Fall Gathering on Thursday, September 28, 2017 for what is sure to be a lively discussion on the implications of cannabis legalization for Bay Area lands. You will hear perspectives on:


Our panelists are:


The Gathering will be held at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Doors open at 9:30am. The program starts at 10am and there will be ample time for Q&A with the audience. Lunch will be served from 12-1pm. We’ll be using #OSCCannabis to talk about the event on social.

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