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CityLab looks at cannabis and energy in Denver

CityLab reported on cannabis and electricity generation and consumption in Denver.

Excerpt:

Charge another social problem to the weed game: It's getting too high on cities' energy supply. At least that's the case in Denver, where the recreational marijuana industry is reportedly sucking up more of the city's electricity than it may have bargained for.

Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational weed use in 2012, and the commercial industry has grown exponentially ever since. But that blooming market has placed a huge burden on the grid that distributes electricity throughout the state, particularly in Denver, where the largest cluster of growing facilities exist. The city's 354 weed-cultivation facilities sucked up 200 million kilowatts of electricity last year, up from 86 million at 351 facilities in 2012, according to The Denver Post.

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