Marijuana

Garbage from Washington state’s booming pot industry clogs gutters, sewers and landfills

FILE – In this April 20, 2016, file photo, a man smokes a marijuana joint at a party celebrating weed in Seattle. More than five years after Washington state legalized marijuana, Seattle officials said Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, they’re moving to automatically clear past misdemeanor convictions for pot possession – a step similarly announced by San Francisco last week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) WAET202 WAET202

Pot packaging for legal retail sale is being tossed in the streets, and it's not recyclable. Cannabis growing operations' sewer waste is a concern, and so is millions of pounds of weed harvest waste that could be composted but isn't. Why? It's complicated.

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