Just Good Score is an independent scoring platform that addresses nine fundamental aspects of environmental and social justice.

These nine aspects represent the complete picture of what is happening in the legal cannabis industry; if we look at one area alone, it is only part of the picture and can be misleading. Just Good Score looks at the impact on people and to the environment equally, because we believe we will not make progress for people without considering the environment, and vice versa.

We encourage you to look at and learn about each of these areas and how they are interrelated, and how we all can make positive changes in these areas. Hover on the various areas of the impact graphic below to learn more.

Health & Safety

In this area we ask what steps companies are taking to ensure their products are not harmful to human health, as well as any steps they are taking to promote safe use for personal and public safety.

Energy

Indoor cannabis farming is extremely energy intensive, and results in high C02 emissions that contribute to climate change. In this area, we ask businesses how they are working to lower their energy consumption in the various aspects of their operations.

Labor

In this area we ask business to provide us with information about their relationship to their workers, most importantly, what their average wages are for agricultural, processing, and retail workers, respectively, and what if any benefits are provided. We also include whether, and to what degree, retail stores are relying upon tips for employee compensation.

Community

In this area we ask companies to detail their relationship with the community where their business operates, and to list any positive initiatives they have undertaken.

Industry Relations

Within the cannabis industry there are some companies who have spent considerable resources advocating for the industry as a whole, for medical patient rights and access, and for consumer protection. In this area we ask companies to provide any examples of industry cooperation, advocacy and altruism.

Waste

There are 3 main types of waste from the cannabis process- wastewater that has been contaminated with chemicals from the growing process, chemical and plant waste from the farming and processing processes, and packaging waste. In this area we ask businesses to detail how they are working to reduce waste in the various aspects of their operations.

Water

Cannabis farming can require water at varying levels of intensity, depending on what growing methods are used. Heavy use by commercial cannabis growers can deplete collective water supplies which communities and other agricultural industries are also dependent upon. In this section we evaluate the company's water use and which, if any, conservation methods are being utilized. We also evaluate if and how companies are remediating their waste water.

Justice

In this area we ask what, if anything, companies are doing to address the lasting impacts of the drug war, and/or the racial disparities within the cannabis industry. While we are not suggesting that it is not the role of individual companies to rectify decades of failed government policy and its economic impacts, we do encourage companies to acknowledge this history, how it relates to the current market, and to explore things the industry could undertake going forth.

Cultivation Inputs

Cannabis, like any crop, is susceptible to pests, fungus, and disease, and much of commercial cannabis has been produced using harmful chemicals to increase growers’ yield and profitability. These are harmful to cannabis farm workers, consumers, and our local ecosystem. In this area we ask companies how they work to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in their products.

The criteria and weighting is designed with input from experts and leaders across a variety of sectors: farmers, biologists, botanists, economists, permaculturists, in addition to leading environmental and social justice advocates.

Criteria is established with the input from community partners for each year, and is enhanced each year to encourage companies to continually increase their performance, as well as to allow for changes in the market as it matures.

Companies with high scores earn the right to help guide the criteria for the following year. Our goal is to encourage all companies to continually improve their performance. Each of the nine areas is weighted differently for growers, processors, and retailers, but all are scored in a 100 point system.

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