The Atmospheric Fund was out with an unusually-timed weekend blog April 1 to announce the rollout of Low Carbon Cannabis Canada, a bid to “reduce the budding industry’s carbon footprint”.
The short post notes that electricity use in Colorado shot up 2% after the state legalized marijuana. With legal cannabis about to arrive in Ontario, “a rapid expansion of greenhouse-grown marijuana could be a drag on the province’s emission reduction efforts,” TAF warns. “While consumption of the plant material only releases previously captured atmospheric carbon, natural gas- or electrically-heated greenhouses cause significant carbon emissions during the production.”
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TAF’s 80 x 50 blog says Low Carbon Cannabis Canada will share best practices in low-carbon cultivation, highlighting technologies like solar+storage. “TAF plans a joint pan-Canadian initiative with growers, provincial governments, and former police chiefs to ensure Canadians can get high on low-emissions marijuana,” the blog states. “With some details still being hashed out, Low Carbon Cannabis Canada will formally launch on April 20.”