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Medical marijuana grow rooms can emit odors that rival the stinkiest skunk or nastiest fish you have ever smelled. Organic nutrients, soils, hydroponic reservoirs, and, of course, the plants themselves can make it seem like your grow room radiates the greenish stink rays only seen in cartoons. In order to protect your garden from thieves, and keep your neighbors from thinking there are decomposing bodies in your garage, a grower must take steps to odor proof his room. For years I tried every device available to eliminate odor in and around my grow rooms. Time and time again I would think my problem was solved. I would call my “bloodhound” friend (best nose ever) to sniff my property for me. Fail! Every time there was at least a hint of odor around the premises. I decided to make it my mission to create a grow room that was as odor proof as possible. I found that by implementing three pieces of odor reducing equipment in a grow room, a medical marijuana grower could reduce odors to the absolute minimum. Carbon Filter Within the Marijuana Grow Room The purpose of this fan and filter combo is to reduce the odor that is constantly emitted by the plants themselves. This fan is not connected to the ventilation system in any way. Instead simply place the fan on top of the filter in a central location of the grow room (if possible) and let it run continuously. This fan and filter can be significantly smaller (approximately 1/3 the size) than the carbon filter and fan used for the actual exhaust of the room. Carbon Filter For Grow Room Exhaust This is the most common odor reduction tool used by medical marijuana growers. Most of the odor that escapes from a grow room is through the exhaust, so this carbon filter is probably the most important piece of odor control equipment and was my initial purchase in my quest for an odor proof room. Carbon filters are sized by the CFM rating on the exhaust fan itself, not the size of the room. Check the fan’s CFM ratings before purchasing either the fan or filter for any grow room. Ozone Generator For Exhaust This handy piece of equipment is the fail-safe. Ozone generators create ozone that actually oxidizes the odor molecules and destroys them. These devices can be purchased specifically for an inline exhaust application. Sizing for ozone generators will change dramatically depending on your intended use. If you plan to use the ozone generator as the sole odor control device then you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on compatibility with a fan’s CFM. If you plan to combine an ozone generator with a carbon filter on the exhaust then you will only need an ozone generator with 1/4 the CFM requirements suggested by the manufacturer. Warning: Ozone produces its own distinct odor, so over-sizing ozone generators should be avoided. Ozone is also harmful in large quantities to people and plants and should be used in the exhaust systems only. After installing these three pieces of odor control equipment, I called my “bloodhound” friend back over for another inspection. Not a hint of medical marijuana, organic nutrients or any other smell that would otherwise imply an indoor garden was in the vicinity. Success! Trix
A Lawyer's Advice for Renters and Landlords On Medical Marijuana With over 79% of the U.S. population living in cities, many residents forgo home ownership for more affordable spaces, like condos or apartments. In a place like California, where medical marijuana is a burgeoning industry, it is inevitable that, eventually, renters and landlords will go head to head over medical marijuana usage and building grow rooms within the already congested city spaces. The contentious issue of medical marijuana patient's residing in privately owned buildings has been making headlines throughout the country. Most recently, in Colorado, a Pueblo renter was denied an apartment because his authorized medicinal usage was revealed to the management staff. The manager of the complex refused the would-be tenant because of conflicting state and federal regulations. According to a legal professional, not renting to patients or growers is actually under a landlord's legal jurisdiction. San Francisco-based attorney, Michael Pineda* says that in recent times, he has come across a host of landlord, grower issues. Further, the perplexing status of the law regarding usage and apartment dwelling doesn't just concern patients and landlords, it's distressing for licensed growers too. “[Landlord and tenant issues] are a common occurrence, especially with under the radar cultivation. Individuals may have legal permission to grow but they didn’t secure the permission of landlord. Cultivation and lighting can place an electrical system under a lot of burden and many of the fires in this area are directly related to inappropriate cultivation. This is a concern for landlords,” says Pineda. We recently ran a piece in our “Ask a Grower” section about cultivating medical marijuana in apartments. It addressed the various tools and precautions an apartment grower should be aware of. However, the larger scope of the conversation pertains to eviction. Pineda's area of expertise is real estate law, including zoning and leasing. This, coupled with experience in criminal law has given Pineda an all-angled perspective in the field of medical marijuana and landlord or tenant rights. He also worked on contractual agreements with some high profile medical marijuana dispensaries, such as _____ According to Pineda, growers who wish to establish a site for cultivation within the rented residency should read their lease agreements carefully. More so, he says that a single family home is the best place for cultivation. This is because different lease contracts present different regulations for renters. Apartment cultivation sites may be in violation of the terms in a lease agreement. For example, converting a bedroom into a grow-room may constitute an alteration of the premises, which could go against a non-alteration stipulation in the lease. “What is written in the lease agreement is the key. Renters have to be careful about what the lease includes. They may have a permit or a card or a recommendation to use or cultivate, but it could still be in violation of the law, ” he warns. As the issue is still in its infancy, no court precedent has been set to guide legal professionals and laypeople on how to negotiate lease agreements. Landlords are fearful that by allowing cultivation in their buildings, they will be subject to persecution and growers are ever-fearful of eviction. “Ultimately, this is discrimination,” says Marlene Sung, a licensed patient and grower hopeful. “It's unrealistic that I can afford a home in this economy. My husband has been laid off and I'm disabled. We have to live in a multi-unit home and I want grow my own. I don't want to lose our apartment, where would we go?” Pineda has helped growers and landlords with negotiation of occupancy rights and better understanding city rules and regulations. He attributes the anxiety renters and landlords experience to a lot of misinformation regarding lease and contract details. “Some people have a limited understanding of the law and they walk around with unwarranted assumptions,” he says. “Americans for Safe Access is the best place for a comprehensive understanding of legal rights. ” While landlords and occupants continue to navigate murky dwelling rules, contractual professionals like Pineda continue to monitor current events to ensure the legal safety of both landlords and renters. http://bigbudsmag.co...uana-march-2012 Trix
Top Tips For Keeping Your Medical Marijuana Grow Room Clean There is an old saying that cleanliness is next to godliness. A grow room for medical marijuana holds true to that saying. By taking some simple steps in maintaining a clean grow room you will reduce the risk of getting pests and disease while maintaining higher yields. Here are a few simple steps than can help you keep your grow room a clean room. Clean up dead plant matter. When you are inspecting your plants, look for fallen leaves on the ground, inside plant container or within your hydroponic system. By removing the fallen leaves you are also removing a breeding ground for pests and disease. The same holds true for old soil or root matter. Do not store old soil or root masses in or around your grow room. Dead plant matter is extremely attractive to a variety of pests but especially fungus. Many gardeners with root rot problems don’t ever associate their problem with unkept grow rooms. Clean your intake filter. If you don’t have an intake filter then go buy one. If you can’t afford one, use an old carbon filter or some pantyhose attached with zip-ties. Intake filters keep unwanted dirt, dust and bugs from ever entering your grow room. Clean the filter once a month to restore maximum air flow and inspect for bugs. Early detection on an intake filter can give a gardener a jumpstart on treatment programs. Remove bulbs and glass from reflectors and clean them about once a month. Even with an intake filter, bulbs and reflectors develop a thin layer of dust capable of compromising their performance. Cleaning the bulbs and glass in your grow room can help you maintain the maximum light output at all times. It is a good rule of thumb to also wipe down any reflective material on your walls or ceiling. Clean up spills, excess water or plant runoff. Many times indoor soil gardening can leave you with a wet floor. Invest in a wet/dry vacuum to suck up any spillage or run off. Leaving moisture on the floor raises humidity levels and increases your risk of mold or rot. Clean and maintain equipment. Every two months it is a good time to inspect and clean all the hardware in your grow room. An air compressor blown into a ballast can clean out dirt and dust, prolonging its life and efficiency. If you don’t have an air compressor, the compressed air sold to clean computers will work as well. Air conditioners, dehumidifiers, heaters, CO2 emitters, atmospheric controllers, light timers and fans should all be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. Like most things in your garden, it will help to take notes on a calendar to remember when and what you did. Keeping your medical marijuana grow room clean will not only reduce the risk of problems but also make it a more inviting place to spend time. Your plants will appreciate the extra effort you have put in and repay you with more consistent results. Trix