Largest Indoor Grow in the World Planned–Where Should We Drill to Fuel It?
We apparently have oil to spill all over the Gulf Coast. We wipe it up with endangered pelicans and sea turtles. Since we have so much why not use some of that excess to fuel a seven acre marijuana indoor grow facility in Oakland? Let’s cultivate those plants day and night– producing 58 pounds of cannabis every 24 hours because we can always drill a few more pristine places in order to fuel a pot factory.
This isn’t just a pipe dream. Recently, The Oakland Tribune announced that AgraMed, Inc., a non profit, has proposed to develop an enormous indoor grow inside the city of Oakland. The facility will also produce lights and other necessary equipment used for raising plants indoors. It will also manufacture cannabis foods, have a job training program, and a lab. And let’s not forget 58 pounds of cannabis every 24 hours.
The industrial sized grow is estimated to be able to produce 1/40th of California’s pot production. RJ Reynolds is beginning to look friendly by comparison to this mega dispensary.
Speculation is that the Ganjasaurus sized cannabis factory has around 5000 lights. (Now stick with me through some of my admittedly shaky math) 1000 watt bulbs equals 5,000,000 watts x 12 hours per day (the shortest amount of hours the plants are exposed to light) =60,000,000 watt hours or 60 MW hours. Now a MW (megawatt) powers about 500 California homes (California uses less electricity per home than the rest of the nation). Therefore, one day of electricity use by this weed factory would power at least 3,000 homes that is a conservative estimate. And, that of course, doesn’t include fans, filters, and the other power hungry detritus of an indoor grow.
Boulder, Colorado recently required all dispensaries to be 100% offset by solar or wind power. That might help.
I have a better idea. Let’s require the plants themselves to be solar powered.
Oh, wait. Mother Nature already requires that.
I know there are reasons for growing indoors (some people have no other options, juicing raw cannabis requires winter production) but growing 7 acre marijuana plantations indoors at a time when wars are being fought over oil fields and vasts swaths of ocean and beaches are destroyed in our quest for ever more fuel is irresponsible.
And, quite possibly deadly.
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UPDATED: math figures incorrect the first time. They have been corrected. Thanks Michael for pointing this out!!!