Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Indoor Pot Equals 1% U.S. Electricity Use

By David Downs
Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 10:10 AM

While nuclear power plant radiation decays in our soil, and the globe warms, it's poetic to know American drug policy took a solar-powered plant — cannabis — and put it on the filthy coal and nuclear grid.

For several months groups like Grow It In The Sun have been saying that the rise of indoor pot farming contradicts the eco-friendly agenda of the marijuana community. Now, an indoor pot farming energy analysis we linked to yesterday is getting picked up by the New York Times, and it'll probably be a highly cited figure by Earth Day April 22. Some more highlights:

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In California, which is the top producing state and one of 17 states to allow medical use of marijuana, cultivation accounts for 3 percent of all electricity use and 8 percent of household use, he said.

Read our feature Grow House Hazards to learn more about the rise of indoor as an unintended consequence of marijuana prohibition.

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