Growing Marijuana At Home is Safer

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  1. By Dave Sommers, Special to the Post
    Source: Pennington Post

    There are more than 4,390 Internet Web sites describing how to grow "excellent" indoor marijuana -- all 61 varieties.
    And for those who need more information, has at least 17 books on the subject, not to mention the 366 books that detail other nuances about the evil weed. All of which explains why many pot smokers have given up buying street marijuana and instead grow their own.

    "I will smoke (marijuana) for the rest of my life," a 56-year-old pot smoker was quoted as saying on the popular Web site, shortly after he was busted with 30 plants in his apartment.

    The 56-year-old disabled man, who suffers from arthritis, chronic back pain and other ailments, went on to complain about police who he said had no business hassling someone, like himself, who kept to himself and used cannabis for "therapeutic" reasons.

    "I am not going to get better and I have made a conscious decision to smoke dope," the arthritis sufferer insisted. "I do not use it as a painkiller, but it does allow me to accept my situation better."

    Still, that doesn't stop authorities from trying to zero in on the many everyday pot growers -- allegedly including Amy Lynn Flowers, in Hopewell -- who have turned rooms in their homes into quick cash cows.

    The suspected marijuana grower and mother of two was arraigned Tuesday, March 11 in municipal court and freed on $10,000 bail.

    She is accused of having had 24 pounds of pot with a street value of $28,000 in her home.

    Flowers' case was forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office for further handling, court officials said.

    The 42-year-old mother of two small children, who lives at 7 Search Lane was arrested Monday, March 10 after police allegedly found 24 pounds of marijuana growing in her basement.

    Authorities raided Flowers' house after she reportedly tried to mail a pound of pot on March7 to a Florida home.

    Police said the parcel was incorrectly packaged and did not meet UPS standards, prompting mail workers to open it with the intention of repackaging it. They found the marijuana inside and called law enforcement authorities.

    Flowers was charged with two counts of possession of over 50 grams of marijuana, one count of distribution for trying to mail the drug to Florida, one count of manufacturing and one count of possession with intent to distribute.

    Police said she claimed the marijuana was for her own personal use, and the investigation is still underway.

    Since the Flowers' case and other similar cases have begun sprouting across the U.S., police have started to find alternative ways to beat these marijuana growers at their own game.

    Some police departments have gone so far as to purchase thermal heat detectors which they use to detect extra heat waves coming from suspected pot growers' homes, usually the basement or attic.

    And other law enforcement officials have been known to check a suspect's electric bills to see if they are using more power than normal, a sure sign they could be operating power-hungry indoor grow lights.

    However, for those who just can't live without their locoweed, there are numerous Web sites, which offer detailed information, including the hydroponics system in which the plant's roots grow in a solution rather than in dirt.

    Some sites even offer hints at how to thwart the prying eyes of authorities by buying thermal camouflage rooms or low voltage lighting equipment.

    Nevertheless, the cost for a hydroponics system, including lighting, nutrient trays, containers, etceteras, will cost between $150 and $500, depending on the quality of lights and grow material one opts to purchase.

    "The 'ebb and flow system' is probably the most popular and easiest to set up," according to one site, which directs people to auction sites, such as, eBay for good deals.

    In the ebb and flow technique, the indoor farmer sets up a room, usually in a little used room, and lines it with tin foil or reflective tiles in order to replicate constant sunlight.

    A growing bed is filled with a special nutrient solution, and pumped along a series of trays by a small pump hooked up to a timer.

    The roots of the growing marijuana plants get nourished by the nutrient solution rather than dirt.

    "Such systems are favored because of low maintenance and high productivity, and ease of use," the Web site explains.

    And of course there are 61 different varieties of marijuana created by pot aficionado's over the years, each reportedly bred for its unique smell, or resin count.

    Some Web sites offer advice on how to get starter seeds.

    Some marijuana varieties include the Afghani, AK-47 Special, Sativa-Indica (a hybrid that produces a quick stone with a long-lasting cerebral high), Amstel Gold (developed in California in the 1970s, has a soft citrus aroma), or the Black Jack.

    And then there's the Blue Velvet, Buddha, Chitral, Euphoria (developed in 1996), the Green Spirit, the Haze, Himalayan Gold, Hack Herrer (a combination of three Sensi blends), the Kali Mist (smooth, high calyx-to-leaf ratio), and the Lambsbread.

    The Kali Mist won first place in the High Times Cannabis Cup back in 1995.

    Many Web sites add a qualifier saying their products are "meant to be used in areas where growing marijuana is legal or tolerated. Do not use this information to break the law."

    Trentonian staff writer Jean Levine contributed to this article.

    Complete Title: Growing Marijuana At Home is Safer, Easier Than Buying from Dealers

    Source: Pennington Post (NJ)
    Author: Dave Sommers, Special to the Post
    Published: March 19, 2003
    Copyright: The Pennington Post 2003

  2. Whi in there right mind would try to mail a pound,with the mail syatem being watched with EXTREAME carefullness,hell she might as well send a registered letter to her local cops asking them to help pay for postage.

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