Currently in Toronto— April 21st, 2022

The weather, currently.

Wet to start but sunny and warm to finish.

Another system will push in overnight, setting up a wet start to your Thursday. Expect rain showers and mild conditions. Your wake-up temperature will be near 6°C and it will be windy in the morning, with southerly gusts of 20-40km/h. The light rain will continue through the lunch hour, eventually tapering off as the kids head home from school (between 3:00-4:00 PM). We'll enjoy some clear weather for the afternoon and warm temperatures, with a high of 17°C.

Thursday Night: Mainly clear, with a low of 4°C.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

Happy 4/20! If you’re with it enough, this is a great day to call your representatives and encourage them to support the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act.The legislation would legalize weed nationwide, expunge the records of those arrested on cannabis offenses, and set up a trust to fund services for communities that have been impacted by over policing.

Were it to pass, it’s also likely to make the marijuana industry more sustainable. States that have legalized weed are better able to regulate its production (ensuring that pesticides and fertilizer used in growing cannabis don’t pollute local waterways, for example) as well as regulate its carbon footprint.

Because weed is often harvested in growhouses, it uses up an enormous amount of electricity. Colorado—with harsh winters—was the first state to legalize weed, but its carbon footprint there is substantial. A study published in Nature Sustainability last year showed that the state’s cannabis industry produced more emissions than its coal mines.

“The emissions that come from growing 1 ounce, depending on where it’s grown in the US, is about the same as burning 7 to 16 gallons of gasoline,” Hailey Summers, one of the study’s authors, told New Scientist. Legalizing weed nationwide and creating incentives to grow it outdoors could reduce its expanding carbon footprint.