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Comparing Cannabis Cultivation Energy Consumption

  Indoor cultivators use 18 times more energy to produce one gram of cannabis than outdoor cultivators use (kWh/gram) Lighting demand for indoor cannabis cultivation operations is 70 times more energy intensive than commercial office buildings While outdoor may produce more grams per kWh of energy, indoor cultivation produces more grams per square foot Indoor […]
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Ask Our Experts 10/14/2018

  Q: If cannabis stocks are in a market bubble, how can I protect my portfolio?   Investors are starting to believe that the cannabis industry is in a stock market bubble as prices continue to gain and make all-time highs. To put some of these in perspective, by the end of September seven of […]
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New ‘Cannabis Energy Report’ Promotes Cultivation Efficiencies, Cost Savings

By J.J. McCoy, Senior Managing Editor, for New Frontier Data In the forthcoming Cannabis Energy Report, New Frontier Data has joined both Scale MicroGrid Solutions and the Resource Innovation Institute to provide a landmark, comprehensive study about energy usage and carbon emissions throughout the cultivation cycles of cannabis. The study examines North American cultivators’ and operators’ [...]
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Major U.S. Companies Annually Use More Energy Than The Entire U.S. Cannabis Industry

  In 2017, the total amount of energy used for U.S. legal cannabis cultivation was 1.1 billion kilowatts (kWh).  In 2015, the total amount of energy used by U.S. Starbucks locations was 1.75 billion kWh. In 2016, the total amount of energy used by U.S. McDonald’s restaurants was 2.3 billion kWh. In 2017, the total […]
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DEA’s Rescheduling of CBD Is No Industry Cure-All

By J.J. McCoy, Senior Managing Editor, for New Frontier Data Recent news that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is rescheduling cannabidiol (CBD) for use in FDA-approved medicine was warmly welcomed by the cannabis industry, but it felt confusingly tepid on delivery. Overall, the announcement is a boon for Big Pharma companies looking to develop and […]
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Ask Our Experts 10/07/2018

  Q: Which states and/or U.S. territories have legalized medical cannabis in 2018?   Thus far this year, Oklahoma and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (a U.S. protectorate consisting of 15 islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean) have been the only U.S. state or territory, respectively, to legalize cannabis in 2018. When voters […]
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Capturing the Energy Costs for Cannabis Cultivation

Capturing the Energy Costs for Cannabis Cultivation By J.J. McCoy and Beau Whitney for New Frontier Data Cannabis industry stakeholders, much like other stakeholders operating in agricultural and livestock commodities, place a great deal of emphasis on energy consumption and carbon-emissions levels. Whether framed by cultivators and producers as economic fixed costs, ongoing governmental [...]
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Cannabis Production Consumes Less Energy Than Beer Production

  In terms of energy consumption per unit, roughly 1.2 kilowatt hours (kwH) of energy is required to produce 1 gram of cannabis, versus 0.2 KwH to produce 1 (12-oz.) bottle of beer. At those rates, the energy required to produce 1 gram of cannabis is equal to that required for a six-pack of beer. […]
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Ask Our Experts 09/30/2018

  Q: Which countries in Europe have the most progressive laws for legalization?     The most progressive cannabis laws in Europe are found in Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. While the adult use of cannabis remains illegal in those countries, the acceptance of social use (reflected in the advancement of cannabis-related legislation and low […]
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Ask Our Experts 09/23/2018

  Q: How long until cannabis gets commoditized, and would that need federal legalization? Can it happen with only a limited number of legal states?   Cannabis commoditization is already occurring in pockets of legal U.S. states as adjacent legal cannabis states are experiencing price normalization due to shrinking market value between the legal and […]
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