With at least 40 states allowing the cultivation and sale of either medical or recreational cannabis, the sector is larger than ever. Growing legal cannabis is now accessible to many, but it comes with plenty of of environmental considerations.
Cannabis can be a pretty resource intensive plant, and illegal grows are known to demand a ton of water and electricity, so it is important for growers to ensure their operations are green and produce minimal waste. While this won’t come cheap, especially if you’re growing on a larger scale, ecological production, methods will result in a higher quality yield while conserving the land and water systems you rely on.
Power is a crucial resource when you’re growing cannabis because plants rely on light and dark cycles to flower and produce cannabinoids and terpenes. However, giving them all the light they need for months can consume plenty of energy. LEC (aka ceramic metal halide) lighting will provide a spectrum of light that’s as close to the sun as possible without placing a major strain on the grid.
Additionally, you will require a cooling system to control the temperatures. The best option would be water-chilled climate systems, which can manage the temperature and reuse waste energy, feeding back up to 10% additional energy. On top of that, a water-chilled system will switch to outside air when temperatures dip below 45 degrees, saving 60–70% in energy costs.
Water is another important component for anyone wanting to grow cannabis. A cannabis grow will require a great deal of water to ensure the plants are hydrated and can absorb all the nutrients they need to grow and flower. This often results in excessive water waste over a growing season, which can impact the public if the water comes from municipal sources.
Leveraging top-feeding systems that use water with minimal water waste — as little as 5% or less — will increase efficiency while reducing waste and can make your grow facility greener. Avoid artificial pesticides and use Organic Materials Review Institute listed soil to ensure your plants get all the nutrients they need.
Managing waste effectively will also be essential. With a plant as water intensive as cannabis, you will undoubtedly have plenty of wastewater, and a green waste facility will require a high-quality filtration system. Such a system will keep out chlorine, sediment and other toxic wastes from the water supply and ensure that the wastewater only contains organic matter and can be reused.
Additionally, a cannabis business will also have to meet certain security levels regarding plant waste, depending on state and local laws. Those laws could entail locking your Dumpsters and even only putting them outside and unlocking them once removal trucks get on site.
As the marijuana sector in different states matures, we are beginning to see some companies, such as Sonoma Biologics Corp., placing greater emphasis on growing cannabis in an organic way. Hopefully, federal prohibition will end sooner than later so that these companies get the distinction of being certified by the USDA as organic growers.
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