The marijuana boom is contributing to the climate crisis

10/5/16–A new report finds that marijuana cultivation accounts for as much as 1 percent of energy use in states such as Colorado and Washington. The electricity needed to illuminate, medical dehumidify, and air-condition large growing operations may soon rival the expenditures from big data centers. The marijuana industry’s energy use “is immense,” said the report’s author, Kelly Crandall, an analyst for EQ Research. Read