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Environmental Issues in the Cannabis Industry: Evolving Regulations and Litigation for Marijuana, CBD, and Hemp

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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This CLE course will address environmental law issues impacting the cannabis industry. The panel will discuss ongoing state agency enforcement actions, private litigation, and state law such as California's Prop 65. The panel will discuss myriad environmental regulations--including those for pesticides, water, and air--and best practices for addressing compliance and minimizing environmental risks.


The expansion of the legal status of cannabis nationwide has positioned the industry for massive growth and fueled a surge in cannabis-related business opportunities. But the division between state and federal status makes it difficult to navigate the many environmental law issues facing the industry.

Cannabis, hemp, and CBD related businesses and their vendors face many environmental-related risks and issues. From water law compliance for cannabis cultivators to air quality issues for manufacturers to product warnings, the environmental regulatory landscape continues to evolve and impact cannabis related businesses throughout the supply chain. In addition to government regulation, private litigation against these businesses involving environmental issues continues to grow, including toxic tort and product liability claims, as well as odor-based nuisance claims.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses environmental law issues faced by cannabis related business. The panel will explore ongoing state agency enforcement actions, private litigation trends, compliance with environmental regulations, and best practices for addressing these issues to minimize client exposure.



  1. Overview
  2. Regulatory Issues
    1. Federal law
    2. State
    3. State enforcement actions
    4. Environmental review
  3. Private litigation
    1. Toxic torts
    2. Product liability claims
    3. Failure to warn
    4. Nuisance
    5. Environmental cleanup (CERCLA, RCRA)
  4. Best practices
    1. Compliance
    2. Litigation
  5. Conclusion


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the primary environmental problems faced by cannabis, hemp, and CBD-related businesses?
  • What environmental laws impact the cannabis industry?
  • What state agency enforcement actions should counsel to cannabis-related businesses anticipate?
  • What is the role of private litigation under nuisance, civil RICO, and state laws?
  • What are best practices for mitigating clients' environmental regulatory and litigation risks?


Ferguson, Jordan
Jordan E.A. Ferguson


Mr. Ferguson is a land use and government and regulatory attorney. He represents and advises clients on land use and...  |  Read More

Mettler-LaFeir, Danielle
Danielle Mettler-LaFeir

Barclay Damon

Ms. Mettler-LaFeir primarily concentrates her practice on environmental law. She advises energy utilities on complex...  |  Read More

Schoonmaker, Mackenzie
Mackenzie S. Schoonmaker

Beveridge & Diamond

Ms. Shoonmaker’s practice includes both litigation and regulatory matters arising under FIFRA, the Clean Water...  |  Read More

Strunk, Christopher
Christopher D. (Chris) Strunk

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Mr. Strunk has more than 20 years of experience litigating complex environmental and toxic tort disputes. He focuses on...  |  Read More

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