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Federal ban on marijuana results in inefficient industry, report says
Smart Planet ^ | Apr 13, 2011 | Andrew Nusca

Posted on 04/16/2011 10:04:09 AM PDT by gitmo

Weed may not be as green as you think.

Indoor marijuana growing operations in the United States are massive energy hogs, consuming some $5 billion worth of electricity each year, according to a new report.

That’s about 1 percent of the nation’s total power consumption.

The problem, according to efficiency firm Energy Associates, is that the pot industry is almost entirely prohibited in the U.S., keeping it hidden from regulators and, by extension, efficiencies in agricultural production.

Study author and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Evan Mills writes that the average grow operation approaches 200 watts per square foot — enough to power a modern data center.

What’s more, a single joint contains the equivalent of about 2 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions.

If improved practices applicable to commercial agricultural greenhouses are any indication, such large amounts of energy are not required for indoor cannabis production. Cost-effective efficiency improvements of 75 percent are conceivable.

Marijuana is considered the nation’s largest cash crop, with an estimated production value of $40 billion annually. At that scale, energy savings are significant: California’s indoor cultivation alone results in a carbon emissions equivalent of putting an additional 1 million cars on the road for a year.

It’s an interesting catch-22: if an industry is out of sight, can it really be regulated?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: climatechange; drugs; emissions; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; libertarians; marijuana; medicalmarijuana
Require all weed growers to put solar panels on their roofs. That should take care of the problem. And it would help law enforcement be more efficient as well. Two problems solved!!!

gitmo

1 posted on 04/16/2011 10:04:12 AM PDT by gitmo
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To: gitmo

I find this 1% figure very hard to believe.


2 posted on 04/16/2011 10:10:47 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Rurudyne; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; xcamel; AdmSmith; ...

Thanks gitmo.
Indoor marijuana growing operations in the United States are massive energy hogs, consuming some $5 billion worth of electricity each year
Global warming hoax alert.


3 posted on 04/16/2011 10:13:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: gitmo

$40 Billion industry?

I doubt the validity of that number.

That is $133 of domestic cannibis for every man, woman and child in the country, not including imports.

The number only makes sense if America is exporting a lot of pot.


4 posted on 04/16/2011 10:14:49 AM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: gitmo

Isn’t it time to end the insanity?

Oh wait. That would harm the huge law enforcement and incarceration “industries” that have “grown” up around the War on Drugs. Can’t have all those jobless judges, bailiffs, court stenos, prison hacks and police officers wandering around looking for jobs. And...

Oh wait. I’m sure Obozo could find them jobs in his private security force. Can you say “Gestapo?”


5 posted on 04/16/2011 10:20:43 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (2012 CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH FOR ME. HOW ABOUT YOU?)
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To: I_Like_Spam

I would say there are a couple of observations to make here. First, it’s virtually worthless (limited profit) to import marijuana today. Growth throughout the US sustains requirements. Second...in Alabama, it’s generally regarded as the second crop after cotton. Third...as for how much is actually spent per year? Its really hard to come to such a number. I don’t know how you’d agree on accuracy for this kind of detail.


6 posted on 04/16/2011 10:28:39 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Dick Bachert

As soon as the boomers die off, marijuana will become legal. Conservatives old enough to rememeber the 60s hate hippies and hippie culture, and will cling to anti-hippie laws as long as they’re alive.


7 posted on 04/16/2011 10:30:05 AM PDT by Huck (“We must have universal healthcare,” Donald Trump.)
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To: Dick Bachert
We have a winner.

The WOD is a jobs program for thugs in the public employee unions. They will never get off this gravy train without a fight.

My prediction: Janet will find a WOD mission for DHS.

8 posted on 04/16/2011 10:36:55 AM PDT by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: pepsionice

Growth throughout the US sustains requirements
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I’m sure that America has the ability to be self sufficient in reefer and growing it domestically is a lot less risky for the entrepenuers.

But the DEA and others are still reporting the capture of sizable shipments from abroad across the Mexican frontier.


9 posted on 04/16/2011 10:37:02 AM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: gitmo

I don’t understand why medical marijuana laws don’t require scripts from a doctor and the patient goes to a pharmacy to pick it up like any other drug. The plants could be grown in a controlled environment. All other plants would still be illegal just as before. Actually, the THC should be extracted and put into a pill for extract instead of smoked, which has to be hazzardous to the lungs. And the “danger” of second-hand smoke.


10 posted on 04/16/2011 10:50:22 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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To: pnh102

Yeah, I always wonder where these numbers come from. Personally, I wouldn’t touch them without rubber gloves.


11 posted on 04/16/2011 10:55:43 AM PDT by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: gitmo
Require all weed growers to put solar panels on their roofs. That should take care of the problem.

Since they are stealing the power anyway, I am not sure why they would feel inclined to comply with this law.
12 posted on 04/16/2011 11:05:11 AM PDT by microgood
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To: gitmo
keeping it hidden from regulators and, by extension, efficiencies in agricultural production.

Shortly after 9/11 when many military installations were having new or upgraded fences installed, the construction crews found marijuana patches on several installations. When they were clearing the fence lines, they found water hoses going into the woods to the marijuana patches from nearby homes. All they had to do was follow the hose to the house and the owners were arrested.

13 posted on 04/16/2011 11:51:22 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (TX and MI - When the going gets tough, the dims run and hide.)
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14 posted on 04/16/2011 12:07:06 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: FrdmLvr
I don't understand why medical marijuana laws don't require scripts from a doctor and the patient goes to a pharmacy to pick it up like any other drug. The plants could be grown in a controlled environment. All other plants would still be illegal just as before. Actually, the THC should be extracted and put into a pill for extract instead of smoked, which has to be hazzardous to the lungs. And the "danger" of second-hand smoke.

So, do you think each state should have authority to make such determinations under the Tenth Amendment? Or, do you personally think fedgov is justified using the Commerce Clause to override the states in this matter?

15 posted on 04/16/2011 12:30:08 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Dick Bachert

Yes it is because look what is happenig here in rural Ohio:
http://www.whiznews.com/content/news/local/2011/04/15/muskingum-county-prime-for-drug-cartel


16 posted on 04/16/2011 2:16:43 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Ken H

I just think mind altering drugs should be outlawed. It should be part of the state law where medical marijuana was legalized.


17 posted on 04/16/2011 2:42:35 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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To: gitmo

You got a point. Law enforcement needs a lot of help. Except for shooting dogs.


18 posted on 04/17/2011 12:18:52 AM PDT by Nate505
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To: FrdmLvr

I wonder if they can have patches for marijuana, to help someone wean off the drug.


19 posted on 04/17/2011 12:28:03 AM PDT by Morpheus2009 (I pity the fool - Mr. T)
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To: gitmo

Study author and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Evan Mills writes that the average grow operation approaches 200 watts per square foot — enough to power a modern data center. AT that rate, wouldn’t it be suspicious based on someone’s utility bills?


20 posted on 04/17/2011 12:31:30 AM PDT by Morpheus2009 (I pity the fool - Mr. T)
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To: microgood
Since they are stealing the power anyway, I am not sure why they would feel inclined to comply with this law.

Yeah, that was a tongue-in-cheek comment. :-)

21 posted on 04/17/2011 9:05:15 AM PDT by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: Morpheus2009
I've heard of LEOs tracking down pot growers by their electric bills and also by heat-detection from helicopters. Those grow-lights kick off a lot of thermal energy.

gitmo

22 posted on 04/17/2011 9:13:46 AM PDT by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: gitmo

The real funny irony to this all is that the feds actually admit that certain CO2-emitting activities are true to their rant of warming the Earth, who would have thought smoking could be bad for the Earth?


23 posted on 04/17/2011 9:16:00 AM PDT by Morpheus2009 (I pity the fool - Mr. T)
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