by David Downs
Cannabis is a booming, unregulated, $15 billion California industry comprised of 2.9 million monthly consumers. Such lax oversight has led to some recent problems, chief among them: Indoor cannabis farm fires and robberies. The Oakland Tribune reports this morning on two separate instances of emergency response to Oakland grow houses.
One indoor grow hooked up to eight car batteries caught fire and burned. At a separate incident, robbers shot a grow's owner in the leg in order to gain access to his valuable crop, which was located in a former liquor store. Funny how no one ever tries to rob a home brewer, and firefighters aren't being called out to Anchor Steam. Fully licensing and regulating commercial growing could similarly decrease risks to public safety, and the City of Oakland is looking at just that.