As an industry, cannabis should focus on improving the well-being of society. Keeping in mind that growing cannabis is dealing with the most advanced technologies in indoor agriculture, the industry has an opportunity to transfer cultivation knowledge toward urban agriculture. California Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks are a means to get fresh locally sourced produce delivered to one’s doorstep (O’Neil, 2016). CSA is paring marijuana-to-food which is a forward-thinking example of how cannabis can create a partnership and connection to communities. This type of pairing can educate dispensaries and cannabis customers about their local communities and how the paired local food is sourced, grown, and sustained through partnership of cannabis cultivators. Imagine walking into a dispensary with the option of purchasing cannabis that is partnered with a local farm. The possibilities for collective partnerships between cannabis cultivators and produce cultivators can create significant value on the triple bottom line. “People care who grows it and where its coming from. They want it to be from a farm with values they connect with” (O’Neil, 2016). Sustainable real estate development in terms of green houses and community gardens that are sponsored by cannabis businesses add to the biophilia of sustainable community development.
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