Growing legal weed in Colorado is overloading the power grid. One-half of new power demand is for pot growing facillities: Durango Herald, pot isn’t green:
The $3.5 billion U.S. cannabis market is emerging as one of the nation’s most power-hungry industries, with the 24-hour demands of thousands of indoor growing sites taxing aging electricity grids and unraveling hard-earned gains in energy conservation.
Without design standards or efficient equipment, the facilities in the 23 states where marijuana is legal [ZZZZZZT!!!! Only by counting medical marijuana do you get to 23, otherwise it’s legal in only 2 states, CO & WA] are responsible for greenhouse-gas emissions almost equal to those of every car, home and business in New Hampshire. While reams of regulations cover everything from tracking individual plants to package labeling to advertising, they lack requirements to reduce energy waste
In Colorado, more than 1,234 licensed grow facilities compose almost half of new demand for power. In 2014, two years after residents voted overwhelmingly to legalize the drug for recreational use, growing sites consumed as much power as 35,000 households.
In a visit this month to a Denver warehouse, growers wore sunglasses as they checked on 150 top-heavy flowering plants. The four-foot-tall bushes were flourishing under dozens of 1,000-watt bulbs blazing 500 times brighter than reading lights.
I knew it — Stoners are destroying the planet. Can we say it’s disgusting for 13.7% of the population to use 50% of the power grid to feed their need to get high?
That 13.7% includes medical marijuana which is a gigantic fraud. Cannabis has no medicinal value and if it did smoking it would not be the delivery system. Getting high might provide temporary relief from chronic pain but the overwhelming majority of medical marijuana prescriptions are written for people with no medical condition other than a psychosomatic desire to get stoned.