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Monday, March 17, 2014

California indoor marijuana growth emits CO2 equal to 3 million cars-Mother Jones

March/April 2014, "24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Marijuana Production in America," MotherJones.com, Josh Harkinson, Brent Brownell

"80 percent of all marijuana grown in the USA comes from California.

In 2013, California authorities seized 329 outdoor pot grow sites with: 1.2 million plants, 119,000lbs of trash, 17,000lbs of fertilizer, 40gal. of pesticides, 244 propane tanks, 61 car batteries, 89 illegal dams, and 81 miles of irrigation pipe.

During California’s growing season, outdoor grows consumed roughly 60 million gallons of water a day – 50% more than is used by all residents of San Francisco.


In California, indoor pot growing accounts for about 9% of household electricity use.

For every pound of pot grown indoors, 4600 lbs of carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere. California’s production equates to emissions of 3 million cars.

The energy needed to produce a single joint is enough to produce 18 pints of beer, and creates emissions comparable to burning a 100 watt light bulb for 25 hours."

"Sources: Jon Gettman (2006), US Forest Service (California outdoor grow stats include small portions of Oregon and Nevada), Office of National Drug Control Policy, SF Public Utilities Commission, Evan Mills (2012)."

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March-April 2014, "The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming," MotherJones.com, Josh Harkinson 






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