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High Energy Bills Push Some Pot Growers to Use Less Power

LAS VEGAS (AP) — With voters set to decide a recreational pot measure in November, marijuana growers in Nevada are looking to make their cultivation centers more energy efficient.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that NV Energy estimates power used on one marijuana farm could grow to equal output for about 3,000 homes.

State law requires growers to keep plants locked up and out of sight from outside, but Nevada has relaxed its understanding of the rule to allow tinted roofs.

Nevada Medical Marijuana Association Executive Director Will Adler says energy costs as high as $70,000 served as a wake-up call in the industry to push for greater efficiency.

There are 55 facilities approved to grow cannabis in the state.

Some are moving toward energy efficiency.

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