Who really wins with indoor marijuana cultivation ("Green from Gold in a Gray Area," Nov. 8)? Your recent article omitted a chief profiteer, PG&E, as well as the big losers -- us.
Let's do the arithmetic: Grow rooms typically use about 5,000 watts for 12 hours a day for seven weeks to "flower" plants. This totals 600 hours of use, or 3,000 kilowatt hours. Prior to flowering the plants are vegetated for six weeks under the same wattage for 18 hours a day, for a total of approximately 3,800 kilowatt hours. Add to this the juice for rooting clones, fans, dehumidifiers, and pumps. If propane or methane is burned to generate CO2 keep that in mind.
Under these conditions, and experienced grower can produce maybe four pounds of dried "bud." This translates into roughly 1,700 kilowatt-hours per pound or 100 kilowatt-hours per ounce. Now lumtiply all of the above by four, since growers repeat the cycle every 12-14 weeks.
Consider that "indoor" fetches way higher prices in the marketplace, especially in trendy urban centers. This preference is often justified by ranking THC content as if that is a benchmark of strength, rather than the combination of alkaloids, terpenes, and other constituents that, together, result in the marijuana experience.
I wonder how many folks have entered a "grow-room" and experienced the intense electrical vibe the plants endure. Contrast that offensive "energy" with an outdoor or greenhouse grow, in which plants are bathed in, and thrive under, natural sunlight conditions.
Modern greenhouse growing in a relatively small area next to a residence can produce an annual yield of over a pound per plant of very high quality bud. Greenhouse windows, not photovoltaic panels or fossil fuels are the way to grow.
Marijuana gets you high and supposedly raises consciousness, but grown indoors it most certainly gets us hot. So when all of you marijuana users and sellers - with your politically aware opposition to greenhouse gases, nuclear energy, dams, rising seas and climate change insist on "indoor" you might as well kiss all that you love goodbye, while PG&E goes to the bank.
I submit that the outdoor bud has far healthier qualities than indoor, and that we should promote outdoor as if our lives depended on it. We should outlaw indoor grows.
Ken Miller, M.D. McKinleyville The Journal - Letters
I guess this is why he was promoting the brave "entrepreneurs" in the Op-Ed below.... How many of those "indoor" growers are using his 215 prescriptions? Have fun, guys.