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Marijuana stinks. Here’s what cities, businesses and neighbors can do about it. - The Cannifornian

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2018

Even the most ardent marijuana lovers can’t deny it: The plant, at least to some noses, stinks.

Marijuana odors have triggered lawsuits against cannabis companies. They’ve also led residents to try to block commercial operations from coming to California and the other eight states where recreational cannabis is legal and, increasingly, big business.

Odor has sparked some neighborhood friction, too, as marijuana smoke drifts from one apartment or yard to the next.

There are products on the market that claim to test for smells, block all odors from wafting out of indoor operations, and even help control the stench of outdoor marijuana farms.

Long before legalization, the cannabis industry grew accustomed to working underground — making growers and processors and distributors pretty good at hiding the smells associated with their businesses. While that might ease the possibility of odor-related friction, it doesn’t foster industry-wide communication about new ideas for tackling the issue, even as new anti-odor technologies are coming to market.

Cannabis plants flower inside a grow room at Canndescent ’ s cannabis cultivation facility in Desert Hot Springs. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG) The Nasal Ranger helps users measure the intensity of smells. It ’ s gaining popularity in places where marijuana is legal. (Courtesy of St. Croix Sensory)