Environmental Regulation Can Make Growing Green

A 2011 study by Dr. Evan Mills at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is still the touchstone for conversations about the problem of energy consumption posed by indoor marijuana cultivation. Much has changed in cannabis agriculture over the past four years, but there is no reason to suppose that the report’s jaw-dropping statistics have gotten better for the environment. According to “Energy up in Smoke: The Carbon Footprint of Indoor Cannabis Production,”

“[I]ndoor Cannabis production results in energy expenditures of $6 billion each year—6-times that of the entire U.S. pharmaceutical industry—with electricity use equivalent to that of 2 million average U.S. homes. This corresponds to 1% of national electricity consumption or 2% of that in households. The yearly greenhouse-gas pollution (carbon dioxide, CO2 ) from the electricity plus associated transportation fuels equals that of 3 million cars. Energy costs constitute a quarter of

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