The Cannabis Industry's Dirty Energy Secret
Your average marijuana plant is a rather unimposing, forest green weed that blends well with nature. The dirty truth, however, is that the business of growing cannabis is anything but green. In fact, the growing of pot is so power-intensive that its ecological footprint is quickly becoming an environmental nightmare.
The $344 billion
cannabis industry is one of the country's most energy-intensive
in the world, frequently demanding an array of
heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, fans and 24-hour
indoor lighting rigs at multiple growing sites.