29 Sep '17, 4pm

A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog post on the water impact of legalized marijuana. Now, the energy impact.

A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog post on the water impact of legalized marijuana. Now, the energy impact.

Many marijuana growers manage their crop indoors, as much for safety and security reasons as for quality control of their plants. This means that a lot of high-wattage growing lamps, fans, ventilators and other equipment is required to cultivate the plants, resulting in high electricity bills (about 3 times more than the average business) and a lot of emissions. The Boulder City Council, as reported by the Daily Camera , has recently signed into effect a new law that would require the growers to completely offset their electricity usage with renewable energy either from buying wind energy, purchasing carbon offsets, buying into a community solar garden or installing a solar system on site.

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