Because of the way cannabis grows (lots and lots of heat is needed), it is generally cultivated indoors and requires tons of electricity. As much as half of one percent of all electricity in Colorado current goes to indoor cannabis farming!
The Energy Gang, an excellent weekly podcast about energy, discussed the issue this week in a chat that included the possibility that encouraging legal marijuana might be one of the ways that electric utilities can develop a good new baseload customer to help them survive the travails of a solar-powered world.
With Massachusetts having approved recreational marijuana, this might pique the interest of Eversource. Perhaps that firm, Liberty Utilities and NH Electric Coop should be jumping on the legalize-the-blunt bandwagon?