“The Big Bud” brings up a very good point

Here’s a clip from a recent press release :

OAKLAND, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire/ — Irvine, CA based agriculture solutions provider GrowOp Technology Ltd, partners with iGrow, the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest full service hydroponic superstore, to provide a line of discreet indoor hydroponic solutions. The largest unit, named The Big Bud, is securely housed within a 53-foot portable trailer and is capable of harvesting over 30 pounds of medical marijuana per cycle.

The hottest industry in America just got hotter. The $35 billion a year medical marijuana industry has an outside-the-box solution for those seeking to produce their crop safely, discreetly and legally. The solution? Grow it inside the box. The botanical systems come in three sizes – the 53-foot long Big Bud, the medium-sized Little Bud, and the Bud Light, a unit small enough to fit inside a garage. All three GrowOp boxes are configured with optimal hydroponic systems and can each be monitored remotely via computer or by an iPhone, making high-yield growing simpler than ever.

GrowOp Technology co-founder Derek Peterson explains that he is pleased with initial results, “Our sales have already exceeded our expectations.  Originally, our projections for the medicinal market configuration were to sell 40 units the first year. Two weeks after completion and delivery of iGrow’s collaborative Big Bud model, 36 additional units have already been sold.”

Oakland entrepreneur and iGrow founder Dhar Mann explains, “This is the ultimate garden configuration for professional medical marijuana growers. The quality and consistency obtainable with these secure grow rooms is the most dependable solution in the marketplace. We’re excited to be serving both our community and legally compliant growers with this best of class solution for manufacturing top grade medicinals.”

In my home state of Montana, we are in the midst of an intensifying battle between the people who are afraid of cannabis and the people who see the plant as being beneficial medicine which can also strengthen local economies.

My personal views fall into the latter category, so much so that I am in the process of developing a cooperative business venture centered around growing plants aeroponically–a technique originally developed by NASA, which yields crops faster and uses far less water than competing methods.

Like the “Big Bud” being offered by GrowOp Technology Ltd, our line of products will be state-of-the-art and capable of growing all sorts of different crops.  It just so happens that the most popular plant in the world is considered a “schedule I narcotic” by the federal government, which is apparently making some people in city legislatures and other places of power very nervous.

In Kalispell, for instance, the city refuses to allow anyone to grow the plant within city limits.  It’s not entirely clear that they have the legal authority to defy state law and the right of individuals to grow their own medicine, but thus far the ban has been taken seriously–at least by those who still choose to respect laws even when they fly directly in the face of logic and decency.

When I read about the 53′ trailer being sold to medical marijuana providers across the country, it made me wonder how the good folks in Kalispell might react if one of these came rolling through town.  Nobody bats an eye when a trailer full of domestic animals is on the road, yet the dangers they represent are far more vast than even those surrounding cannabis.

For those of us trying to help build a healthy, sustainable food supply–the situation looks very different.  The following clip comes from Organic, small farmers fret over FDA regulation:

“…The legislation does not address what some experts suspect is the source of E. coli contamination: the large, confined animal feeding operations that are breeding grounds for E. coli and are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not the FDA.

“It does not take on the industrial animal industry and the abuses going on,” said Tom Willey of T&D Willey Farms in Madera, an organic grower of Mediterranean vegetables. “The really dangerous organisms we’re dealing with out here, and trying to protect our produce and other foodstuffs from, are coming out the rear end of domestic animals.”

No one in Congress or the administration has yielded in a bureaucratic turf battle between the Department of Agriculture, which regulates meat, poultry and eggs, and the FDA, which regulates all other food.

The controversy began with the spinach E. coli outbreak near San Juan Bautista in 2006 that left four people dead, 35 people with acute kidney failure and 103 hospitalized. The bacteria, known as E. coli O157:H7, first appeared in hamburger meat in the early 1980s and migrated to produce, mainly lettuce and other leafy greens that are cut, mixed and bagged for the convenience of shoppers…”

Current corporate farming practices are far more dangerous than any particular species of plant could ever be.  Once we get past the stigma surrounding this particular plant, the evidence and available science is quite clear.

The only part of this equation which should be addressed by those in local, state and/or federal governments is a failed policy of prohibition that is deeply racist and funds terrorism throughout the world.  And maybe somebody should be studying the effects of the various toxins and chemicals being used in the current food production industries.

We don’t need more laws, we need laws that make sense.


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