It’s Time to Make Marijuana Green Again

Just one marijuana cigarette creates over 10 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution, while entire kilogram produces a staggering 4600 kg of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.  

The runaway-growth in the cannabis industry, fueled by rolling de-regulation and a high demand forecast, is bringing with it a growing carbon footprint.

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Marijuana-Industrys-Dirty-Little-Secret.html 

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On 5/13/2019 at 9:08 PM, Stormysaga said:

Just one marijuana cigarette creates over 10 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution, while entire kilogram produces a staggering 4600 kg of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.  

The runaway-growth in the cannabis industry, fueled by rolling de-regulation and a high demand forecast, is bringing with it a growing carbon footprint.

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Marijuana-Industrys-Dirty-Little-Secret.html 

For the moment, yes.  Historically, weed was grown using energy-intensive processes because it was illegal.  As such, it had to be hidden from the law, which meant grow lights.  Now that weed is legal, conventional farming is an option, and free markets are driving prices down.  We're in the phase where supply ramps up to meet steady-state demand.  When that is done, growers will compete for market share, driving prices to their floor.  The high-cost producers fail.  That means energy-intensive cultivation will be replaced by conventional farming methods. 

We'll still see greenhouses, but instead of today's metal halide/HPS/etc lights, imagine weed being grown in enormous factories with the latest, most efficient LEDs.  Or in conventional greenhouses where most of the light is natural.  Then imagine the incredible demand for grow lights driving progressively more efficient technologies. 

Weed will consume a lot of energy, but it won't sustain the growth rate we're seeing today. 

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I thought you planted a few seeds in your neighbor's corn field.

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