Recreational marijuana will go on sale in Washington in a matter of months and dozens of stores will open, increasing the demand for suppliers and producers.

Growing pot plants may seem like a pretty eco-friendly business, but according to a recent article inĀ Mother Jones, marijuana grows in the United States have a pretty significant negative impact on the environment. A large majority (80%) of all the marijuana in the US is grown in five states: Washington, California, Tennessee, Kentucky and Hawaii. Twenty-two million pounds of pot is grown in this country each year, most of it illegal. And all those plants are using a lot of resources.

The vastly unregulated pot growing industry is powered by diesel generators, plants are sprayed with pesticides and farmed on deforested land. An indoor grow with four plants uses as much electricity as 29 refrigerators and indoor growing operations across the country use enough electricity to power 1.7 million homes. For every one pound of pot that’s grown just in America, more than 4,500 pounds of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.

Read more at CBS Seattle.


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