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Black Market

Season 3 Episode 7

by Amanda Mackay

Today’s episode of Growing Exposed is unlike any we have ever done before. We are taking it back to the beginning of the cannabis industry, when business had to be done in secret, and growers had to be innovative or pay the price with the authorities. 

We are taking viewers inside an authentic black market grow, to see what it’s like for one grower, “Mr. Green” as he cultivates cannabis on the wrong side of the law. We are going underground, and our guest is taking no chances, so Justin and our film crew begin their adventure in the back of a blacked-out van to get to his secret location.

We will discover why and how “Mr. Green” keeps his identity a secret, and how trust is key when working in this cash heavy business. Cannabis is a high value crop and it’s especially important to trust those around you while keeping your circle tight.

Inside this black market grow, we see right away that it is unique and basically turned on its side. We are inside a rickety, old barn and it is function before fashion here. However, the plants look happy and healthy, and the temperature feels good. We visit every stage of this black market grow and see how limited space is used to its full potential. Plants are crammed together to make them grow up and spread vertically. 

At this grow, they focus on just one strain, Comatose. We learn about the benefits of focusing on one strain, and why you shouldn’t make plans after sampling this one.

We will reflect on the history of growing cannabis and get up close with a machine called Twister that can do the work of ten people. An ideal tool for a grow trying to fly under the radar. This grow also has vibration sensors to keep intruders away!

In “Teachings of the Garden Sage”, David Robinson, shares that cannabis saved his life when he was 14. He explains he started growing cannabis in the 1990s in British Columbia, Canada in what he calls the “cannabis cultivation capital of North America at that time”. He goes on to explain that black market means unsanctioned commerce by the ruling government, and questions whether that makes it wrong. We delve into how society has changed when it comes to cannabis cultivation, and the medicinal benefits cannabis provides.

Taking a break from the black market, Justin takes us to Ona, the odor neutralizers. This company has been in the business for 25 years and is known for their products that can reduce the smell of cannabis. Justin calls it “liquid insurance” for a black market grower. It’s also a way for cannabis retailers to be good neighbors!

Finally, we go inside one of four, forty feet shipping containers designed to make the grow mobile in case of detection and get up close with the buds. They look dense and chunky and are fueled by Green Planet nutrients. Their unique set up has resulted in some huge and impressive buds! We also get you some ideas for your own set up.

That concludes this black market episode of Growing Exposed. Let us know what you think and check out previous episodes at growingexposed.com. We also love to connect on social media.

This black market grow…has been exposed!

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Want to learn more about the trimmer used in this garden?
Visit:
https://www.twistertrimmer.com

Want to learn more about the odour control used in this garden?
Visit:
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Want to learn more about the nutrients used in this garden?
Visit:
https://www.mygreenplanet.com

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