Hello all! This thread is to help all of you understand the risks, time, energy, costs, etc about growing.. Things that all people need to ask themselves. Here are some sample questions to ask yourself before you start... What are my local laws? Can I even grow cannabis? How much privacy do I have? Do I have the time and patience to wait months for a harvest? then a continual month or 2 of drying and curing(sometimes more)? Do I have the money for it? Can I afford to build or order a room from scratch? Do I have any spare closet space? Attic? Basement? and Do I have proper ventilation for those areas? Can i get the smell out? Is anyone going to care if I grow? People often rush into questions like: How long does it take from veg to flower? "I plan on growing at my parents" how can I hide my grow? what is a CFL? What is an HPS? how much light do i need? How much yield per plant usually? People make the mistakes of rushing into it blindly. Expecting the forum goers to answer simple questions that can be done with a little research. I understand needing a quick answer. but sometimes it can be overwhelming. First lets talk about the RISKS... Growing cannabis is a risky op.. no matter what. You always have to be on your toes(unless u are 215 savvy). Not only cops, but anyone that u dont want to see ur plants. parents, cops, rental management, landlord, etc.. Security is always an issue. Make sure you can keep it safe and discreet.. even if u don't have to.. it's always good to be able to conceal. The amount of TIME.. That goes into creating nice herb, is substantial... especially for indoor growers. There is the building, the buying, the shipping, the waiting, the waiting, the waiting. The checking all the time. Watering, feeding, checking for bugs. Over all just making sure your plant is healthy. The amount of energy and mental thought put into your grow...EX. research .. is going to benefit you as much as u put in.. so if you are all cards in. PLAY THEM ALL. Read, ask, learn... The cost of caring for cannabis depends on the quality of grower.. If you are serious about it. you can end up buying all the right equipment. which can be pricey buy worth it. You can spend anywhere from 40$- hundreds.. just know your budget. know all of your materials before you get them. draw it out. scale it out. make sure you have the right amount of space. endless preperation! write stuff down! I AM A FIRST TIME GROWER. THESE ARE QUESTIONS AND POINTS THAT I THINK PEOPLE FORGET. JUST READ. TAKE AWAY WHAT YOU DO! AND GROW 4 LIFE.