This Black History Month, let’s talk about environmental justice and its implications for the cannabis industry.
A large focus of the 1960’s civil rights movement was environmental equity. Beginning with the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike, the environmental justice movement was lead, primarily by people of color, who sought to address the inequity of environmental protection and risks of health hazards in black and brown communities due to toxic environmental exposure in residential urban areas.
Amidst national growing concern expressed through protests, sit ins and national research, the EPA launched the the Environmental Equity Workgroup in 1990. By 1992 EPA established the Office of Environmental Equity; known today as the Office of Environmental Justice.
The term “equity” should not be exclusively used to describe representation and financial availability for people of color in the cannabis industry; but also in the ability to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and exist in a society without concern of unknown potential health effects. As leaders in the industry, it is our responsibility to build a wholly equitable industry; and ensure all aspects of compliance are adhered to.
Contact Delta Compliance for your free consultation and let the experts guide you through the intricacies and requirements in environmental compliance and permitting.