Currently in Los Angeles— April 21st, 2022

An overcast and chilly day. Rain possible by midnight.

The weather, currently.

I’ve found there’s two types of people in Los Angeles: those who want a world of eternal sunshine, and those who cherish the overcast days like a precious treasure. I’m unabashedly the former (I grew up in snow, I don’t need anymore!) but today is a perfect day for the latter. Thursday will be a cloudy and mild day. Accompanying those clouds will be subdued highs in the mid-60’s, and the evening will get foggier and chillier, with temperatures falling into the low 50’s. There’s a 60% chance of rain as of this writing, but it might not begin until after midnight. Stay up like a wide-eyed child on Christmas and wish for the water to flood your bedroom.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Happy 4/20! If you’re with it enough, this is a great day to call your representatives and encourage them to support the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act.The legislation would legalize weed nationwide, expunge the records of those arrested on cannabis offenses, and set up a trust to fund services for communities that have been impacted by over policing.

Were it to pass, it’s also likely to make the marijuana industry more sustainable. States that have legalized weed are better able to regulate its production (ensuring that pesticides and fertilizer used in growing cannabis don’t pollute local waterways, for example) as well as regulate its carbon footprint.

Because weed is often harvested in growhouses, it uses up an enormous amount of electricity. Colorado—with harsh winters—was the first state to legalize weed, but its carbon footprint there is substantial. A study published in Nature Sustainability last year showed that the state’s cannabis industry produced more emissions than its coal mines.

“The emissions that come from growing 1 ounce, depending on where it’s grown in the US, is about the same as burning 7 to 16 gallons of gasoline,” Hailey Summers, one of the study’s authors, told New Scientist. Legalizing weed nationwide and creating incentives to grow it outdoors could reduce its expanding carbon footprint.