Growing & Eradication

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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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Roundup: The High Cost of Indoor Pot, and a Pretty Good Album from Snoop Dogg

by David Downs
Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Headlines this week: 1) Marijuana stores still violate federal law, another U.S. Attorney writes.

2) Full Spectrum Labs of Colorado — testers for the Denver High Times Medical Cannabis Cup last week — release a rare commercial pot lab validation document.

3) Just in time for Earth Day, a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab energy analyst working independently estimates the immense carbon cost of indoor-grown marijuana: “The emissions associated with one kilogram of processed Cannabis are equivalent to those of driving across country 5 times in a 44-mpg car (3,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions)." Meanwhile, many California cities have banned, or are working to ban, outdoor.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Daily Roundup: Feds Don't Know What To Do With Oakland, Nelson Won't Get Jail

by David Downs
Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 12:20 PM

1) Federal authorities continue to sword-wave at Oakland, but won't go on record saying they'll raid permitted Oakland pot farms. At least three other California cities, including Berkeley, are also going forward with permitting cultivation — as is the entire state of Arizona. Unnamed officials told California Watch that the feds told Oakland a month ago that their grows would be illegal. So are the medical pot programs of fifteen states. So what? California Watch's story follows The Washington Post who got a no comment and the Chronicle who got a retired federal authority to sword-wave. More news after the jump:

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Daily Roundup: Montel Williams — Oakland Farmer? Baby In Coma After Eating Hash

by David Downs
Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 10:07 AM

1. Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan repeated a rumor to the L.A. Times that celebrity Montel Williams wants to grow cannabis in Oakland. "He has wanted for years to open up a facility where he could produce really high-end medical cannabis extracts," she said, explaining that Williams heard through the grapevine that Oakland was the place to do it. "I would love to have Montel Williams here running a business." Williams could not be reached for comment. The L.A. Times also reported that the DEA has requested a copy of Oakland's ordinance. More news after the jump.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Daily Roundup: $40 Oz. The Next 'Two Buck Chuck'; T-Wolves Coach Fined Over 'Pot' Quotes

by David Downs
Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Today's must-reads: 1. Reuters says Oakland's Jeff Wilcox aims to be the Trader Joe's of cannabis in a lengthy Friday piece entitled 'Special Report: High finance and corporate pot, California style' "The new Two Buck Chuck will be $40-an-ounce pot," Wilcox said in an interview, looking forward to a day of full legalization. Boutique growers could produce the high-end stuff in their "gardens," he explained, while he supplied the masses with a clean, controlled, great-value product. More headlines after jump.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Huge, Legal Cannabis Farm Study Surprises Industry, Officials

by David Downs
Wed, May 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

The groundbreaking study showing how the City of Oakland could make $2 million per year licensing a medical cannabis growing warehouse caught many locals by surprise this week. Even though city officials and the cannabis industry are looking toward licensing large-scale grows allowed under state law SB 420, the hard numbers appear to be the first of their kind. Economist Joanne Brion of Brion and Associates, who did the six-month, $16,000 report said she was surprised at how potent an economic force cannabis is.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Study: $2 Million in Taxes, 350 Jobs From Oakland-Licensed Cannabis Grow Facility

by David Downs
Mon, May 24, 2010 at 11:14 AM

The City of Oakland can make $2 million per year and add 350 jobs to its economy by licensing a seven-acre cannabis growing facility near I-880 at the Embarcadero, a new study reported Friday. The study by Brion and Associates was commissioned by AgraMed, a non-profit company owned by JohnJeff Wilcox of Lafayette, CA. AgraMed wants to redevelop a seven-acre parcel near I-880 and the Embarcadero, so they commissioned Brion and Associates to do the six-month study. The study found the 170,000 square-foot facility would:

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Acapulco Gold Rush: iGrow Launches University of Cannabis Saturday

by David Downs
Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM

IGrow owner Dhar Mann's brash capitalism irks the “progressives” who've gone to jail for the freedom he's monetizing. But it's not slowing down his plans.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cannabis: An Environmental Disaster of Lettuce Proportions

by David Downs
Tue, May 18, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Cannabis has gone so mainstream, its effects on the environment have become a political and media issue. So how about some context, please? Any environmentalist will tell you modern factory farming makes growing illegal pot look clean.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday Headlines: Alcohol deaths; 'No-high' strains; Edible regulations

by David Downs
Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Today in the headlines: college kids lobby for grass over booze, citing 97,000 alcohol-related sexual assaults each year; a local dispensary cultivates a no-buzz cannabis strain for pain relief; edibles to be regulated in Berkeley; and growers team up with narcotics cops to give a tacit endorsement to legalization. Read them after the jump.

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