Legal marijuana regulations vary greatly from municipality to municipality: In Boulder County, Colo., for example, the county’s regulations span 17 pages, whereas the city of Boulder’s cannabis code is upward of 75 pages, says Christopher Mallory, the licensing program manager at the Boulder County Marijuana Licensing Authority.
“It’s so different everywhere,” Mallory says. “Is one wrong? Is one right? Not necessarily. You’re supposed to be doing what your local population voted upon.”
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And in Boulder County, that includes having marijuana businesses adhere to the Boulder County Energy Impact Offset Fund, a program aimed at reducing businesses’ impact on the environment. As part of the program, growers are required to offset their electricity use with renewable energy or pay a 2.16-cent-per-kilowatt-hour fee, according to county regulations.
Mallory joins The Cannabist Show and Cannabist editor-in-chief Ricardo Baca to discuss how the program has affected the cannabis industry in Boulder County.
Growers are learning to adapt by adopting efficient systems and to stagger growing times to limit drawing off the grid during peak times, Mallory says.
“I think it gives the industry an opportunity, really, to kind of lead the way in it though,” he says.