Smokin' Design Features Futuristic Pot Plant
Laboratory-like Oakland facility aims to supply med marijuana dispensaries
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2010 3:02 AM CDT
Updated Oct 5, 2010 3:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Imagine a world where all anxieties are tranquilized, all boredom amused, thanks in part to a sterilized, hermetically sealed, blindingly white California marijuana growing operation. That's the kind of laboratory-like plant Oakland nonprofit organization Gropech has designed. The 60,000-square-foot facility would nurture 30,000 plants (worth $50 million a year) on three levels in a squeaky clean environment intended to deliver perfect product to medical marijuana users, notes a video of the proposed operation created by Gropech.

The super warehouse could supply medical marijuana dispensaries across the state—once it gets a permit from the Oakland City Council. Gropech aims to create a safe, sanitized method of growing dope in an unregulated industry that's currently supplying pot of questionable quality to many ill users with compromised immune systems, points out Gropech co-founder Derek Peterson. "A lot of cannabis sold by medical dispensaries is grown by farmers—and I hesitate to use the term farmers—in basements and garages," he tells the Atlantic. Click here to view a video of the operation.

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Oct 5, 2010 1:54 PM CDT
I say no to drugs that may cause damage but for Medical i think it ok but people might still use it to partie think of all the dope dealers that i knew in the past the cut the hemp and diped it to who know it go up the plant before it dries. and the dirty hands that touch weeds some may be unhealty.god knows. let crack down on drug users & drug pusher how many more lives are thry gonna damage i say arrest them
Oct 5, 2010 9:12 AM CDT
"Questionable quality" ??? WTF Sounds like tacky marketing to me. "Watch out for that basement grown pot son, poor quality, it'll kill you". They are just using a page from the big Pharma book to manage perception, nothing more. Soon we will be told that anything not grown in these controlled conditions "may contain substances harmful to humans". What a laugh. Now excuse me while I go grab some buds from the backyard. And you can call me.....Mr Joshua.
Oct 5, 2010 5:43 AM CDT
All i have to say is be careful what you wish for..... with the rise in at home entertainment, netflix, xbox.people we will be practically locked in their rooms never going outside never exploring the world around them...this is great for the media that controls us always being entertained by the television and not interacting with our friends and family or exploring the world around you....