I could not resist, I have to chime in on this one. I have some personal experience with this one, and I am friends with many growers in the industry.
I live in Sonoma County, and currently there is no limit on the amount of cannabis you can grow with your 215. However, the previous county limit was 30 plants, 100 sq ft canopy combined veg, 1500 watts, and 3 pounds dried. The fact that they have lifted the restrictions has posed more problems like has been previously mentioned.
The police and sheriffs in Sonoma county follow their best judgement when making an actual arrest. I have heard many different versions of the same story among friends who have experienced this:
If the law enforcement decides to, they can arrest you, sieze all your equipment and plants, and basically let everyone in your entire neighborhood including your landlord if you have one know that you are growing through making a giant scene involving many police cars and carrying plants outside-letting them sit on the sidewalk, etc.. Even if you do get your plants/equipment back (given you don't have a good lawyer like I do who has won every case resulting in retail compensation to the maximum yield possible for the plants they confiscated resulting in next to fair deal) they will be deliberately or indeliberately damaged. You will have time in jail (if you do not bail) upon awaiting arraignment and time before a judge in which case you are usually released on OR. You must then show up to a trial in which case all evidence will be used against you including but not limited to scales, names, lists, pictures, personal information, and anything you say. So if you do grow its best not to have these things obviously.
Theres many things that can influence a law enforcement officers decision to detain you:
1. confirmation of the validity of your recommendation in a timely fasion.
2. if you are over the old county limit.
3. personal safety and fire code, electrical code (if they believe you are a fire threat).
4. your attitude when they want to come in search you, and how you show respect to them and what they do for a living.
5. prior convictions.
6. which individual law enforcement officers are involved ( I know this may be an offensive statement but this is what has been told to me by many)
7. presence of schools/daycare centers/large apartment complexes etc. Do not grow near these or for that matter within city limits.
8. how discreet you are.
9. your compliance. its best to just keep your mouth shut and let them do their job and if they make a decision to arrest you, be cool or you will have damaged gear.
10. knowing your rights and the verbage necessary to refuse a search unless they have a warrant or probable cause.
This brings up a personal story of mine:
A few months ago I did an Aquaponic grow which I documented on youtube under the search "aquaponic cannabis". I was out of town and my roomate (secret tweaker I later discovered) drew police attention to my place. The police showed up, searched it (they had probable cause), and found my Aquaponic laboratory in the garage.
There were 4 Santa Rosa Police Officers that showed up (2 squad cars). When they discovered my grow, they actually made jokes about it and were impressed by all the fish and frogs. My friend told them I was a medical grower, scientist and I had my current 215 posted on the wall and I was way under limit for canopy, numbers, and wattage. They took pictures, joked around some more and some were seen actually climbing under my flood and drain tables to check out the Koi Fish. They left it intact and detained my friend for being under the influence of a controlled substance and he was not taken to jail but to a detox facility where he was released 5 days later. I knew nothing about this and when I returned I found some things out of place and some footprints. I later got a call from my friend, and I was relieved at the news. This put me in the clear and basically gave me some piece of mind knowing that the chances of them coming to my location again due to my grow would be minor.
Anyway I hope this helps, but just know that growing for a profit is long and gone and you should grow to provide your own medicine. People around here grow outdoors and produce 20+ pound gardens once a year with next to no overhead. The dispensaries are not even paying enough money to cover your electrical bills let alone nutrients, time, and risk. If you are going to grow for a profit I would recommend against this, and if you are willing to commit a crime at least go to a state that has NEW medical marijuana laws and has not had the saturation California has.
Edited by geneticengineer, 23 April 2010 - 11:20 AM.