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Authors discussed policy recommendations and contrast recent findings with oft-cited statistics

On December 1, RII, New Frontier Data, and the Berkeley Cannabis Research Center offered a sneak peek of the Cannabis Water Report at the MJBizCon’s 2020 Associations Day. The presentation provided essential information for anyone focused on cannabis cultivation water use, including cultivators, industry leaders, supply chain members, policymakers and media representatives. 

A recording of the event is available on RII’s YouTube channel and for registered MJBizCon attendees on SwapCard.

A partnership between Resource Innovation Institute, New Frontier Data, Berkeley Cannabis Research Center and members of RII’s Water Working Group, the Cannabis Water Report is scheduled to be published in full in 2021 and will establish a scientific understanding of how, and how much, water is used for cannabis cultivation so that cultivators have confidence in taking steps to be more efficient, and so that industry leaders, governments and media can be accurately informed about the range of water practices of today’s regulated market


  • Derek Smith, Executive Director, Resource Innovation Institute 
  • Gretchen Schimelpfenig, Technical Director, Resource Innovation Institute
  • John Kagia Chief Knowledge Officer New Frontier Data
  • Chris Dillis, Postdoctoral Researcher, Berkeley Cannabis Research Center

Resource Innovation Institute: Advancing Resource Efficiency to Cultivate a Better Cannabis Future

Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance resource efficiency to cultivate a better cannabis future. Founded in 2016 in Portland, OR, USA, RII’s Board of Directors includes the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a former board member of the US Green Building Council and leading cannabis industry players. Its Cannabis PowerScore benchmarking platform represents the world’s largest dataset on cannabis energy use. RII’s Technical Advisory Council is the leading multi-disciplinary body assessing the environmental impacts and best practices associated with cultivation resource issues. RII’s Efficient Yields cultivation workshops are the only grower-led, non-commercial venues for the exchange of resource-efficient cultivation best practices. RII is funded by utilities, foundations, governments and industry leaders. Visit our website at Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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