Do It Yourself Pot!
Good, at least Big Brother will have another reason to ease the War on
Drugs elsewhere and concentrate on the homefront. The war should
always be launched at home, not in breaking into homes, but in
Florida's Hydroponic Pot: House-Grown and Super-Potent
California may be the center of the marijuana trade and the
controversies over its legalization. But Florida has surpassed it in
one important category: the Sunshine State is now the country's leader
in indoor marijuana cultivation. It is a potent distinction because
most of the marijuana grown this way is cultured hydroponically - that
is, mostly without soil and with a carefully calibrated cocktail of
chemicals and lighting - to create some of the highest level of highs
on the market.
In 2006, Florida law enforcement here discovered 480 homes growing
marijuana indoors. Last year, 1,022 grow houses were busted. "This
isn't your grandma's marijuana," quipped a Miami-Dade narcotics
officer at one bust as he tossed garbage bags stuffed with confiscated
marijuana into an unmarked police truck. Levels of THC - the agent in
marijuana that produces feelings of euphoria, and in some users mild
hallucinations and paranoia - have risen dramatically because of
indoor techniques. Thirty years ago, most marijuana contained about 7%
THC. Today, indoor growers boast THC levels of 25% or higher thanks to
the additional care that indoor plants receive.