How Legalisation Can Reduce The Carbon Footprint Of Cannabis

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Today is Earth Day, which means it’s time for all of us to evaluate the impact of our lifestyles on the environment. The cannabis industry is certainly not exempt from this, with large indoor growing facilities consuming considerable amounts of energy and contributing significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. However, it’s important to remember that legality has a major influence over the entire supply chain, and new research suggests that legalisation may be the only way to curb the cannabis industry’s carbon footprint. Related Post The Environmental Impact Of Cannabis Cultivation… And How To Grow Greener Weed The Carbon Footprint Of Cannabis Just as it doesn’t make sense to try and grow mangoes, coconuts or pineapples in cold climates, cannabis cultivation becomes considerably harder once you take the plant out of its preferred environment. In the US, therefore, the logical way forward would be to grow as much weed as possible in places like California, and export this to other states that have legalised cannabis but don’t have the right climatic conditions for cultivation. Frustratingly, though, the plant’s illegality at the federal level prevents it from being transported across state borders, which means each state has to grow its own supply. For colder locations like Alaska and Minnesota, this entails the use of intensive grow rooms, all of which adds considerably to the carbon footprint of local cannabis industries. Research carried out in 2012 suggested that growing a single kilogram of dried cannabis flower indoors generates 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions[i]. However, that study was based on data recorded from a single grow room, and failed to take into account the variations in the amount of energy required to run a growing facility in different states. To more accurately represent the carbon footprint of cannabis production in the US,…

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