Indoor marijuana cultivation sites use a lot of energy. The amount is almost four times larger than that consumed by hospitals. However, many growers worry about nature and try to reduce their environmental footprint. They attempt to be smart in all aspects of cultivation—from energy to pesticides.
Though the sales of the industry are predicted to reach 20 billion dollars by 2021, its position is not great right now. The horrific lack of research and knowledge on the matter is the result of vast ambiguity—some states are willing to regulate and tax weed sales, but the federal government is reluctant to allow studies on the subject.
One of the most obvious aspects that demonstrate neglect is the lack of decent cannabis testing. In fact, less than 0.1% of weed products are tested for potency and microbial growth. In Colorado, for example, facilities have to take only one sample from six harvest batches at one-week intervals. Then, they can cultivate anything they want for a full year provided they change nothing in the growing process.
Unfortunately, some labs can manipulate the samples. This fact has greatly decreased the value of those laboratories. Experts are convinced that a small change in the perception of cannabis can change the matter—if marijuana were treated like food or medicine, more products would go through the labs. The current situation is leading to the reduction of the quality of weed. Thus, customers have to look for the most reliable source of marijuana and stick to it.
Fortunately, we can still find quality products on the market. Some growers continue to cultivate marijuana with the customer in mind. As we have mentioned before, there are always people eager to preserve the nature and keep their goods high-quality. Several dispensaries around the country specialize in growing and selling high-end pot. One of them is called L’Eagle Services and is situated in Denver, the capital of the marijuana industry.
This dispensary is run by Amy Andrle—one of the founders of the Organic Cannabis Association. The place offers only 100% clean cannabis. Because of the federal laws, Andrle cannot get an official organic certification for her herbs. Thus, it is difficult to provide the customers with official proof of the quality. Amy says that considering the large number of states that have already legalized cannabis for medical use, nationwide certification and organic standards are necessary. She notes that there should by a universal tagline that people will use to seek for cannabis as it is done with foods. For this purpose, a non-profit company Ethical Cannabis Alliance was founded at the beginning of June. It announced that its objective is to independently certify marijuana products as “organically grown.”
Other growers are more worried about the energy costs of cannabis cultivation.
One of the growing fields in Humboldt County is operated by Siobhan Danger Darwish and her husband. The couple uses only natural fertilizers and tracks water spent on cannabis carefully. They are eager to show that the “legal cannabis industry is contributing to society.” Because of the new laws regarding marijuana cultivation, farmers do not need to hide anymore. They can freely grow the crops outside, which means reducing the energy needs due to the natural lighting.
As for warehouse growing, innovation is key. For instance, swapping standard lighting for LEDs can reduce the energy costs by 70%.
Such growers as Amy Andrle often rent abandoned buildings from the city thus contributing to the economy and creating new jobs.
Looking back at the beginning of the cannabis industry and comparing it to what it has achieved now, we can surely say that people are working hard to get things done.