The cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing, highly regulated industries in the nation, making compliance a critical component of any cannabis-related business. In addition to complying with rigorous state and local cannabis regulations, businesses must also comply with applicable Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) regulations from state and federal agencies, including OSHA and the EPA.
Environment, Health and Safety is an area where cannabis operators may be highly exposed to regulatory enforcement actions, and noncompliance can result in significant civil — and potential criminal — liability for both the business and the individuals within a company.
As the cannabis industry grows, so too will regulators’ interest in holding cannabis operators accountable for requisite environmental permits, licenses, and compliance. State and federal environmental regulators have already taken actions against cannabis companies for violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act, as well as holding landowners liable for environmental transgressions on their property. Additionally, states and local municipalities are increasingly incorporating sustainability requirements into license applications and regulations.
Is your business protected?
Vicente LLP’s environmental attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience in the field and are ready to assist your cannabis business in complying with Environmental, Health & Safety laws through identification, prevention, mitigation, and resolution of relevant issues.