Americana: High Voltage

U.S. Customs officials seize 2,500 tons of marijuana a year in Florida, presenting them with a disposal problem that is literally too hot to handle: marijuana burns at such high temperatures that conventional incinerators can be damaged. So, as a favor, the Florida Power and Light Co. has offered to turn the confiscated pot into kilowatts at its Port Everglades power plant.

The marijuana will be pulverized and blown into the plant's furnaces, which now burn either natural gas or oil. Company officials figure that each ton of pot equals 2.7 bbl. of oil...

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