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Marijuana grow raided-oh wait-it was Okra; sorry about that.

Admin; Really? Marijuana vs Okra.  Be careful when choosing your seeds young grower-the police may cuff you for Okra…

U.S. CRIME

Marijuana Police Accidentally Raid Man’s Okra Garden

Oct. 7, 2014

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They thought the gumbo ingredient was the illicit drug

Police flying in helicopters looking for marijuana plants last week tracked down a man who they believed was illegally growing cannabis. Yet they soon discovered the plants were actually okra, a gumbo ingredient that’s very much legal.

Dwayne Perry of Cartersville, Georgia, noticed that a helicopter was mysteriously flying low over his home, and soon learned of the cause when police and a canine unit showed up on his doorstep attempting to bust him for growing cannabis, according to CNN.

“It did have quite a number of characteristics that were similar to a cannabis plant,” Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes told CNN affiliate WSB. Both plants are green and leafy, but while a cannabis plant generally has seven or nine leaves, an okra plant has only five.

The Georgia police has since apologized to Perry and his neighbors, who had grown suspicious of the police near his home. Yet Perry remains frustrated that he was mistakenly targeted.

“Here I am, at home and retired and you know I do the right thing,” Perry told WSB.

Aerial police surveillance of cannabis plants has increased in the recent months, particularly in Northern California, “the capital of American cannabis cultivation.

http://time.com/3479728/marijuana-okra-police/

Grow your own marijuana in your backyard greenhouse!

Admin; downsize this version for your own backyard.

Weed greenhouses are so hot right now

They’re cost-effective, eco-friendly, and produce mass quantities of chronic

  • By Lessley Anderson
  • on April 19, 2014 12:00 pm
  • Don’t miss stories follow The Verge

RiverRock is a marijuana company in Denver, CO, that was founded in 2009 by an enterprising medical malpractice attorney some four years before recreational weed become legal in the state. Today, RiverRock operates two dispensaries, grows its own, and makes edibles, extracts, and concentrates. It used to cultivate all its cannabis indoors — a quantity John Kocer, RiverRock’s CEO, wouldn’t specify, but says comprises between 3 percent to 5 percent of the state’s $14 million monthly weed market.

A year and a half ago, the company shifted a large portion of its grow operations to a 27,000-square-foot greenhouse. In simple terms, a greenhouse is an outdoor, semipermanent structure with translucent ceilings and walls, through which light can filter. It’s the same kind of thing that conventional farmers use to grow flowers and vegetables. RiverRock’s is particularly state-of-the-art, with automated humidity and temperature controls and a special blackout system that can create pitch-dark conditions in the middle of a summer evening.

Pitch-dark conditions in the middle of a summer evening

The fact that RiverRock is using a greenhouse to grow pot may not seem that extraordinary, until you realize that until recently, most marijuana was grown indoors to stay hidden from view. But in a monumental shift in the cannabis industry, that’s about to change.

“This is the trend for the future,” Kocer says. “We’re the only industry on the planet that grows indoor under light. Tomatoes, flowers, you name it, people don’t grow indoors.”

And there’s good reason other industries don’t: it’s expensive to grow indoors, where powerful artificial lights — and massive air-conditioning systems used to counteract the heat from said lights — require massive amounts of energy. By harnessing the free power of the sun, growers can save as much as 90 percent on their electricity bills. RiverRock’s monthly electricity bill is $25,000 a month, only $2500 of which is used in its greenhouse, versus its residual indoor grow operations which run up the bulk of that bill.

Not surprisingly, RiverRock isn’t the only cannabis grower going “green.” In Colorado, industry consultants and greenhouse suppliers estimate there are 10 marijuana greenhouse operations of similar scale to RiverRock’s, with several even larger ones in development. RiverRock has plans to triple its greenhouse capacity in the coming months, which will double its weed production. (Although Washington state also recently legalized marijuana, Colorado has progressed much more quickly in setting up its legal cannabis marketplace.)

Until now, high-grade pot was almost exclusively grown indoors. “The reason why indoor cultivation became the cultivation technology of choice was because this was illegal for so long and indoor is easier to hide,” says Kris Krane, a consultant for the marijuana industry who also runs an incubator for startup cannabis companies.

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Patient, “Wade”, inside RiverRock’s greenhouse (RiverRock).

Now, even though pot is still federally prohibited, Washington and Colorado have fully legalized it, and 20 other states (and DC) have approved it for medical use. If Colorado is an example, a regulated, legal pot marketplace will mean growers are less concerned about shielding their plants from view, and more motivated to explore cost saving opportunities. Continue reading

marijuana growing flowers smell great!

What’s that smell? Legal marijuana growing in Colorado

USA TODAY’s Trevor Hughes reports from Denver where complaints of odor coming from marijuana growing operations is on the rise.

Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY7:15 p.m. EDT August 11, 2014

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(Photo: Marc Piscotty for USA TODAY)

DENVER — There’s a little something extra drifting through the Colorado air these days: Marijuana.

The lush, skunky smell of growing pot hangs heavy over certain sections of the Mile High City as dozens of legal indoor grow operations turn electricity, water and fertilizer into mature marijuana plants. Those grow houses inside unmarked warehouses fitted with security cameras, heavy-duty electrical connections and shiny new ventilation systems are helping meet the demand for legal marijuana.

Long confined to isolated areas far from prying eyes and sniffing noses, the marijuana industry has gone mainstream, and that you-can-smell-it presence has upset some people. This year, about 30% of the smell complaints coming into Denver’s code enforcement office are about the pot smell coming from the largely industrial areas away from most homes, schools and parks. Continue reading