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Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP)

Reader 1

Donald McFarlane

Reader 2

Colin Robins

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This study aims to examine the interaction between environmental effects and regional water usage regulations on illegal marijuana farms. Threats to aquatic ecosystems and public health are highlighted in the study's examination of excessive water use, pesticide contamination, and habitat destruction. The research also evaluates the role of policy and enforcement, advocating streamlined regulatory processes, targeted enforcement measures, tougher fines, and collaboration between state and municipal authorities. The thesis also covers transitional tactics for illegal growers to the legal market, such as financial incentives. In conclusion, this study underlines the necessity of a thorough strategy to lessen the effects of illegal marijuana farms on the environment, ultimately supporting a viable and ecologically conscious cannabis business in California.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.