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County In Washington May Block Electricity To Marijuana Businesses


indoor marijuana gardenThe roll out of marijuana legalization in Washington has been very slow. It seems like there are new roadblocks and hurdles around every corner. Many cities and counties have put in place moratoriums and bans to prevent marijuana businesses from operating.

Cowlitz County in Washington may try a tactic that I haven’t ever heard of before. The Cowlitz County Public Utility District is considering blocking electricity from marijuana businesses. Anyone that has ever maintained an indoor marijuana garden knows that electricity is vital to success. Without electricity, there are no lights, and with no lights, there are no harvests. It’s impossible for processors and stores to operate without electricity as well. Per TDN:

“Is Cowlitz PUD aiding and abetting a (federal) crime?” Commissioner Merritt “Buz” Ketcham asked, noting that the PUD buys most of its power from the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency.

Cowlitz PUD attorney Paul Brachvogel said that during a recent statewide gathering of PUD officials there was no consensus on how to deal with the issue of pseudo-legal marijuana.

I’m sure there will be many legal challenges to such a proposal if it becomes reality. Recently the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that it will block irrigation water from being provided to legal marijuana growers in Colorado and Washington. That’s not as significant as electricity, because there’s other ways to get water, but it still makes it inconvenient for growers. What other tricks and tactics will marijuana legalization opponents try?


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  1. Realistically, the future of production is annual crops in greenhouses, and refrigerated harvests – so the product lasts through the year. The idea that we fuel our grows with oil, atoms, or coal is truly repugnant – and not sustainable!

  2. Sounds like ‘vigilante justice’. A pile-on! Aren’t the Police supposed to be enforcing the laws of a civil society?

  3. Doc Deadhead on

    The Cowlitz County Public Utility District is comprised of ELECTED officials……vote them out.

    Everyone MUST vote pro-pot this August and November to make the point…..WE ARE THE MAJORITY!

    Vote out the haters and let every politician or ANYONE seeking any kind of office that prohibition WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

    We have the power to change the face of this nation, the next step is GETTING OUT TO VOTE!

  4. stellarvoyager on

    How feasible is solar power plus fossil fuel generators? Probably too expensive/noisy to be cost effective. These tactics may be frustrating to no end, but they are the last ditch desperation moves of proponents of a failed policy that is soon to be relegated to the dustbin of history.

  5. O.M.G. They are such idiots. Cutting off their noses to spite their faces. Unbelievable.

  6. lightninglive on

    Sunlight will win. Not the high quality yeild you’ve become accustomed to. But the stronger strains will still make it. Its not a science. But people enjoy making something its best. Everything will iron out.

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