…at least according to this report from GOOD on The Carbon footprint of Indoor Cannabis production.
The report says that indoor Cannabis production is using 1% the nation’s entire electricity consumption, which comes to a cost of ~$5 billion/year in electricity costs.
According to the report, much of the costs of energy associated with Cannabis production are due to highly inefficient practices designed to avoid being caught. If legal, the cannabis industry would be able to pursue more efficient growing methods, including moving much of the growing outdoors. Fast Company’s take on this report goes so far as to say that,
“Marijuana production needs to be legalized, so people will actually cast a critical eye on its energy usage. All the industry has to do is follow in the footsteps of the commercial agricultural industry, which has made strides in energy efficiency in recent years.”
With more people consuming Cannabis every day, it’s certainly important to behave responsibly and take a mature stance to the impact we, as consumers, have on energy practices. Obviously, legalization would help to further the objective of a lower carbon impact, but the next best thing that you can do is to apply a philosophy similar to that of what we’re starting to do with food. Ask your source a few questions:
- Do you know where this came from?
- What are the growing practices?
- Are you consistently getting your weed from the same place?
These might seem like small questions to ask, but being conscientious and curious is the first step that you can take to leading to better practices. As the consumer, your dollars can drive action, so start driving action and preferring less impactful marijuana that hasn’t been shipped long distances!
Question: do you think that you can impact the energy practices of companies? Discuss with us in the comments.