Culta, an independent producer of craft cannabis and extracts in Maryland, announcd Monday it has joined the Sustainable Cannabis Coalition (SCC), the latest move in the cultivator’s long-term and ongoing investment in a more sustainable future.
The SCC is a group of cannabis industry leaders that work together to improve and promote sustainability in all facets of the cannabis industry, including cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution. Culta joins the likes of Gro iQ, Trulieve, CohnReznick, and 365 Cannabis, and hopes that other Maryland-based brands will join them in prioritizing sustainability in 2022 and beyond.
Culta’s roadmap to net carbon neutrality includes migrating to LED lights, converting to a water-based cooling system, generating 80% of energy from renewable sources, and rethinking packaging options, both with suppliers and internally. The company already uses organic fertilizers, avoids petroleum-based insecticides, and diversifies their farm environment by growing cover crops in the off-season.
Culta also undergoes annual inspections and pesticide testing as part of their ongoing commitment to Clean Green Certification. In 2021, CULTA partnered with The High 5 Initiative, a local Maryland nonprofit organization that’s focused on sustainability. As a result of the partnership, patients can now drop off their plastic cannabis jars at CULTA’s flagship Federal Hill dispensary for recycling.