Bill high on rental facility for shared pot growing
What if you could pop your pot into a rental plot?
The Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy heard a bill yesterday to let residents grow their six plants allowed under the recreational pot law in a secure rental facility, rather than their homes or apartments.
What’s envisioned in Massachusetts is a cross between a secure storage facility and a craft cooperative. People would pay monthly fees for access to an individual, locked cabinet or grow space with all the ventilation and lighting needed to grow marijuana plants. They’d also have at their disposal an onsite master grower to help train their green thumb.
Rep. Daniel Cahill of Lynn, who introduced the late-filed bill says such facilities — the likes of which operated for a few months in Denver before a law change — would let renters and others in densely populated areas safely grow their own pot outside their homes.
Cahill said the setup would avert concerns about residential electrical fires from lighting equipment, ventilation, neighborly squabbles and secrecy by tenants avoiding landlord prohibitions.
“My communities have a lot of older housing stock, multifamily structures,” Cahill said. “We are worried about folks growing up to six plants on the third floor of a triple decker without sufficient fire prevention material, in apartments without proper egresses.”
The late-filed bill has uncertain prospects on Beacon Hill as the legislature hurtles toward the end of the session.
David Zisskind of Grow Space Storage, which ran a facility in Denver for nine months, said the rental facilities would be video monitored, secure, cooperative with police and fire officials, and address so many other issues that Massachusetts is going to find once marijuana is being grown in homes and apartments.
“It takes it out of the home and takes away problems that you haven’t seen