As most marijuana growers understand, mold is a dangerous issue for both the grower and the garden alike (oh yeah – and the consumer). Well a new report from a group of scientists working with the national Jewish health researcher – Dr. John Martyny – took a look at the growing conditions in 30 illegal marijuana cultivation rooms, located in three Colorado towns, as they were being busted. What they discovered were mold levels, that in some locations, were over 100 times greater than is ordinarily considered safe.[nggallery id=514]
Dr. Martyny went on to conclude, “These are pretty incredible exposures…” during a recent press conference, where he had disclosed his most recent findings. “These are extremely high levels that we would consider dangerous.”
Noting that none of the studied pot cultivation operations were licensed by the state of Denver, as a medical marijuana grow operation. The Dr. and his team of scientists worked in conjunction with the Colorado sheriffs, Colorado Association of Chiefs of police and the Colorado drug investigators in Association in an effort to equate the environmental problems relating to illegal marijuana grow operations to the explosion in the methamphetamine production of over 10 years ago. [source][nggallery id=515]
As is true with most illegal cultivation operations, marijuana grown in homes made for human comfort, complete with wall-to-wall carpeting, is an ideal petri dish for many types of mold. Due to marijuana’s need for constant watering and more often than not, the lack of proper ventilation in many of these homegrown cultivation rooms, mold can run rampant.
As Dr. Martyny and his team of Denver drug investigators busted, then investigated many of these one off grow rooms, and they discovered that approximately 70% of these marijuana cultivation set ups, had levels of mold which would be considered significant and should be a concern for anyone that might live within that residence.[nggallery id=516]
The elderly, the young, and those with compromised immune systems are at a particular risk according to Dr. Martyny.
As this report was mostly geared towards keeping law enforcement personnel safe and out of harm’s way. The report also noted that short-term exposure to these environments is not typically cause for alarm, though individuals with a compromised immune system may be at an especially high risk.
Another danger for the police…is undetected carbon monoxide gas. It’s not shocking to find grow rooms with elevated carbon monoxide levels. Many growers in slightly more advance cultivation settings work hard at increasing these levels through modifying wall furnaces and water heaters.[nggallery id=517]
As the different Denver Police Department leaders stated that they were grateful for the study – subsidized by a Justice Assistance Grant, as well as monies from the local chiefs and sheriffs associations. The purpose of this study was to ensure the safety of the different law enforcement personnel that are charged with the duty of dismantling these illegal marijuana grow rooms.