Doug Guy doesn’t consume cannabis — but he believes in its power to heal. A friend who wanted to grow marijuana in Massachusetts got him thinking about the plant for the first time.

“My friend was talking about putting tents in people’s yards and then doing a co-op grow and splitting the yield,” Guy says. “I told him it was a brilliant idea, but also illegal.”

The conversation inspired Guy to seek out legal alternatives, which led him to Cloudponics — one of several companies offering home-grow boxes intended to replace rudimentary tent and closet grows. The GroBox is a sleek piece of technology, one whose appeal comes from the simplicity of use and the fact that the tower-shaped unit can easily be wedged into a living room without drawing attention to itself. As long as you don’t hang any black-light Doors posters on it, it really does blend in.

More importantly, devices like the GroBox have enabled people to grow their own medicine in relative safety and seclusion in places where cannabis is not legally available. As a co-owner of a logistics company in Dallas, Guy was intrigued enough to team with Cloudponics and establish GroTek, a distributor for the boxes covering the Northeast.

Guy is personally familiar with the need to find alternative treatments to chronic and debilitating conditions. A disabled veteran, he broke his leg in six places falling from a helicopter while on duty in Iraq in 1992 and still experiences discomfort. While he manages his pain with CBD oil, it’s the stories from other home-box users that inspire him to continue spreading the word.

One example is a young man from Texas. To protect his identity — medicinal cannabis remains illegal in Texas — we’ll call him Daniel. Guy saw Daniel giving a GroBox demonstration

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