First, you need to determine if your location is suitable or learn what you need to know in finding a good location to grow crops of medicinal buds.
- Make sure that access to electricity, water and possibly ventilation, is ample and safe relative to your demand based on harvest needs or goals. You don’t want the expense or hassle of lots of wiring, plumbing, etc.
- Be considerate of the safety of others. If you have big cropping ideas, look into industrial zones, away from residential areas (for the safety of others, and even your own).
- It’s better not to choose a location that’s been known for cultivation. This is simply and invitation for problems, from everything to latent insect problems to two legged pests that have no regard for you, your safety or security. Be smart, be safe.
- While renovations can be made in just about any situation, it’s always better to avoid having to make a lot of modifications to an existing room or building. Basements or empty warehouse spaces are typically your best bet. For micro-production, a closet with a mini tent is still an option, with a few considerations that we can talk about later.
- Is there going to be ample ceiling height? Think about the size of your plants at harvest, and container or support system, the crop lighting overhead and safe distances from ceilings. Eight feet of overhead runs out fast when growing indoors, especially with larger plants to keep plant counts reasonable.
- How secure is the area or building? Are there a lot of windows for people to see in, or for bright light to shine out of that will need to be covered? Are the doors of secure construction with solid locks? Blending in with your surroundings is a good strategy for most; if you make the average place look like Fort Knox compared to surrounding buildings or homes you are likely to draw attention. On the other hand, cameras and secure doors are not uncommon in most areas that typically necessitate their need. Use your discretion in this regard.
- If you like to party late into the night, it’s probably better that you don’t grow there. This can be an open door to all kinds of trouble.
- Even though home cultivation may be legal where you live, it’s better not to announce what you are doing to everyone you know. It may be tempting to tell people about what a cool gardener you have become, but that old adage never goes out of style: “Loose lips sink ships”.
- For that matter, so do disgruntled exes, business associations, etc. that could cause issues if they know you cultivate your own medicine.
Society has come a long way over the last decade in the acceptance of medicinal marijuana, but there’s still a long way to go. While it may be perfectly alright to grow your own-and even beyond, an ounce of caution is still worth oodles more than a pound of cure.