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Marijuana growers go 'green,' switch to solar power

Posted: November 27, 2012 |   Comments

Authorities say that illegal marijuana growers have increasingly been going "green" and using solar panels as a power source to stay off of the grid and avoid detection by law enforcement officials, according to The Associated Press.

Solar panels may be expensive, but they allow pot growers to avoid consuming massive amounts of power from nearby power companies which can tip off authorities to their activities.

"We're definitely seeing more and more of it," New Mexico State Police Lt. Robert McDonald told the AP. "I think since the cartels down in Mexico are now having such a hard time getting their product up here that some growers are trying to grow it themselves and to (stop) us from finding them by using solar. It definitely makes it harder."

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