By Mary Jane Belleza

The Desert Research Institute in Nevada is studying how growing marijuana impacts air quality.

"I think it's a totally unknown problem right now because nobody studied it before," said research professor Andrey Khlyskov from the Desert Research Institute.

The organization said there were no emissions or industry standards when cannabis facilities were approved a few years ago in Nevada.

Now they're inviting the community to check out the findings at an event called Distilled Science.

Meghan Collins is the education program manager at the Desert Research Institute.

"What this event is going to hone on specifically are the compounds that we smell when we walk into a facility that are emitted by those plants and what that means for the air quality impacts of that facility itself," said Collins.

These compounds are called volatile organic compounds...which are the molecules in the air you can smell when marijuana is nearby.

"We collected samples at different cannabis facilities around Reno-Sparks and in Truckee," said Vera Samburova, an associate professor at DRI. "We analyzed organic species emitted by plants and we found that they emit a lot of compounds they can react and form an ozone."

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