Many states are starting to allow growing of cannabis plants as part of their marijuana laws. One such law is Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, which allows home cultivation of medical marijuana:
No more than 12 marijuana plants kept in an enclosed, locked facility. OR, outdoor plants must not be “visible to the unaided eye from an adjacent property when viewed by an individual at ground level or from a permanent structure” and must be “grown within a stationary structure that is enclosed on all sides, except the base, by chain-link fencing, wooden slats, or a similar material that prevents access by the general public and that is anchored, attached or affixed to the ground, located on land that is owned, leased, or rented” by the registered grower and restricted to that grower’s access.
A criminal attorney/businessman Matthew Herman has started a company, Cannabis Solutions, that is building the “Fort Knox of Pot” at an undisclosed location in Grand Rapids, MI. It will allow caregivers to move their grow operations “away from basements or sheds on private property.”
Under Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act, a caregiver is defined as:
Primary caregiver is a person who has agreed to assist with a patient’s medical use of marihuana. The caregiver must be 21 years of age or older. The caregiver can never have been convicted of a felony involving illegal drugs, or must not have been convicted of any felony within the last ten years, or any violent felony ever.. Each patient can only have one primary caregiver. The primary caregiver may assist no more than 5 qualifying patients with their medical use of marihuana. State-qualified caregivers must not have been convicted of any felony within the last ten years, or any violent felony ever.
The facilities will allow caregivers to grow their plants in a secured location that is equipped with alarm and video monitoring. Herman’s goal is to help legal growers avoid the downsides to home grows, such as the smell, space required, and potential for home invasions.
The building is a 12,000 rehabbed warehouse that will house grow rooms. Each tenant signs a lease that spells out what is allowed, including the fact that tenant is responsible for ensuring compliance with the law. Herman states any violations that are discovered will be reported to law enforcement.
The rent is $4,000 per month with a $4,000 security deposit. This amount covers the room and energy use. All other grow equipment must be provided by the tenant.
Herman said he has a waiting list of 30 people looking to have a secure facility and said he plans to open another facility soon in Ionia County.
Another example of how the cannabis landscape is changing and creating opportunities without ever growing a plant.
What do you think? Is this a good idea? Is it the future?
Source: Michigan Live “Attorney transforms old warehouse into ‘Fort Knox for pot’ for medical marijuana growers“