How will cannabis cultivation fit into our communities?
Cannabis is unlike any other agricultural crop. Because of its circuitous history — once illegal to grow, and now legal in certain states but heavily regulated — cannabis has cast a unique footprint on the environment and the communities of farmers who grow it. UC Berkeley is home to the Cannabis Research Center , a multidisciplinary team of faculty exploring how cannabis production impacts the world around us. Join us as we learn how this rapidly developing field can grow with sustainability, equity, and society in mind.
Van Butsic is the Cannabis Research Center Co-director and Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management. He studies the geographic spread of cannabis agriculture using remote sensing techniques and econometric modeling.
Hekia Bowditch is a postdoctoral researcher in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management.
Phoebe Parker-Shames is a graduate student in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management and studies how land use change shapes wildlife communities across human-ecological landscapes.
Michael Polson is a postdoctoral researcher in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management and a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow. He studies the changing political economies of northern California as marijuana production becomes formal, public, and represented broadly.