Tuesday, March 31, 2009
By R. STICKNEY
Updated 4:45 PM PDT, Mon, Mar 30, 2009
Thinking of growing your own? Consider the 'what ifs' that can expose your operation.
Fires and accidents have uncovered a number of hidden pot farms in San Diego homes. That lead us to think up a few tips for those contemplating growing indoors.
Tip #1: Check plugs and outlets
Consider Joshua Rasmussen and his mini pot farm of oh, 300 plants. He fell asleep in his Mira Mesa home one night and an attic fire broke out. While police are filing charges against Rasmussen, firefighters are looking into the source of the fire but they believe it may be the very equipment used in the indoor marijuana operation.
Tip #2: Opt for 'staycations.'
Consider the case in Pacific Beach. A couple decided to take a weekend ski trip out of town. What they couldn't anticipate is that while they're skiing at Mammoth, a neighbor will wreck his truck into their home and expose their bedroom greenhouse to the police.
Tip #3: Convince your parents to bill your electric to them
Consider the Floyd family of Florida. All four members were arrested by Jacksonville deputies because their montly electric bill was $300 to $400 more than any of their neighbors, according to a published report.
If you're looking for more information on how to grow marijuana indoors, check the 10 Biggest Mistake Growers Make (http://www.greenmanspage.com/guides/mistakes.html).
Number 2 seems obvious - Don't Tell People.