All of these major grow-house busts that go down in Florida aren't a coincidence. The Sunshine State is the hot spot for growing marijuana out of the sunshine, i.e. indoors.
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 -- has risen dramatically because of indoor techniques. Thirty years ago, most marijuana contained around 7% THC. Today, indoor growers boast THC levels of 25% or higher thanks to the additional care indoor plants receive.
There are also a few helpful tips for would-be growers:
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Miami New Times's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Miami's stories with no paywalls.