Grow ops are buildings used by the drug trade to grow marijuana. Grow houses are in residential buildings, but grow ops can be in commercial or agricultural buildings as well. Estimates by police put the number of grow ops at 50,000 across Canada.
Grow ops are everywhere, and their numbers increase every day. They are in small towns, big cities and remote settings. No area is immune. They can occur anywhere.
Grow houses are often located in residential areas, but the can also be found in commercial and agricultural locales. Sometimes they are clustered together, sometimes even on the same street.
With time the growers gain more knowledge and experience. To avoid getting caught they take great pains to make the house look lived in. Often crop sitters will live in the house, giving it a semblance of normalcy.
Many times rented properties are preferred, but recently growers have been buying properties for grow op purposes. Some are even built specially for the industry with additional features to suppress damage from mold and humidity.
They come in all sizes. Small grow ops in a basement closet or huge ones in an industrial size greenhouse – they are everywhere. The largest one reported by police was in Brampton, Ontario, in a de-comissioned brewery. It contained 25,000 plants worth an estimated 30 million dollars. This is not a typical grow op.
While the industry is present in all parts of the country, BC, Quebec and Ontario are the largest producers. Techniques change from area to area. In Quebec 60% of the crop is outdoor, while in BC 70% is indoor.
Because thre is a lot of money to be made marijuana growing has become widespread. relatively speaking the risks are quite low. Punishment is negligible. It has, as a result, become a million dollar industry.
According to law enforcement the small growers are being replaced by bigger, organized criminal enterprises. good returns and low risks make this an attractive activity. Growing demand and acceptance coupled with light penalties means grow ops will be with us for years to come.420 Culture, Alternative Medicine, Cannabis Culture, marijuana, medical marijuana
May 01 2012 08:45 am | Alternative Medicine