Summary and opinion by Wendy Anderson.
With the high demand on the cannabis industry also comes very high energy consumption (it's why many growers use LED grow lights). They need 24 hour lighting cycles, air conditioning, and ventilation systems for many growing sites around the U.S.
According to a study done by scientist Eric Mills, with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, legalized indoor cannabis accounts for 1% of total electricity used in the United States. Which costs $6 billion dollars per year. This kind of consumption produces 15 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions an amount equal to three million cars.
States are slowly coming around and are in learning stages as to how to be more energy efficient. Examples such as, Oregon and Washington offering cash incentives for using energy efficient lighting are helping, but it’s still an issue.
Growing outside would be the ultimate option if people could hone those farming skills and work around the weather changes. Many have just learned how to grow indoors because of prohibition so they don’t know how to grow outdoors and need to develop the skills of growing outside. It is also much less expensive for the growers to be able to grow their crops in natural environment. If you compare the difference it goes from $400-$500 per pound to grow indoors and $50 per pound to grow outdoors.
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Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe won’t be on the next roster, and it may be for his advocacy for medical marijuana. Monroe’s January recovery from a shoulder injury inspired him to write about marijuana versus opioids, and donate $80,000 to medical marijuana researchers at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania. His work, he tweeted, was all for his “brothers… the players that make up the team… our future health and wellness.”
Unfortunately, his offseason, offtopic efforts failed to impress the Ravens officials. In the days leading up to his release, attitudes from the organization led Monroe to wonder if his marijuana advocacy was to blame. Interestingly, his original questions were less about the drug, and more about overall NFL healthcare.
It is arguable that reviewing old drug testing policies is going to be a big trend in U.S. companies in the nearest future. If the weed is legal, and the job can be done safely under cannabis influence, why would an employer be concerned about marijuana consumption enough to spend money on drug testing?
Current situation is creating a whole lot of consequences, like people easily cheating on drug tests by adding water to their urine, or other people making money on ‘weed detox sets’ that claim to free your system of cannabis traces in just three days. More than 93% test negative, but employers continue testing. In most cases, we just avoid working for companies that drug test employees.