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Gnome
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Posted on Saturday, March 07, 2009 - 8:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dp p/news/Police_Bust_Pot_Growing _Opera

Bob and Sons Produce warehouse put to new use as a pot growing factory.
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Dannyv
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There seems to be some confusion between Homeland Security and Homegrown Security. This initiative to promote another "green" industry in Detroit in response to Obama's stimulus program has been thwarted by conventional thinking.
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Mauser765
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Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 7:16 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Pot plants were growing like weeds inside"

Um....they are weeds, Robin.
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Baselinepunk
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Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 9:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Um....they are weeds, Robin."

A renewable energy resource as well ... if memory serves.
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Gnome
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Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 10:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Interesting to note that there doesn't seem to be a mention in either the Freep or the DNews. If Robin Shvartz's report is accurate, that semi-trucks would frequent the place at all hours, that means massive amounts of pot had been growing there for some time.

If it takes 3 months to grow a plant to maturity, another couple of weeks to hang it and dry it, toss in a week for packaging ... that is a big farming/manufacturing operation. 4 months from seed to package.

If semi trucks were showing up at all hours, that must mean there was a staggered start to the growing process. Some plants just starting, others maturing, others being dried and processed. Hence the Bob and Sons Warehouse must have been in operation for six months to a year.

Assuming the operation was working off stolen heat and electricity, that means DTE (and its customers) have been underwriting this little venture to the tune of maybe $100,000. That is a heck of a lot of energy to just go missing.

Maybe Gannon should work up a conspiracy theory, where Tony Early at DTE, funneled stolen energy into a pot growing enterprise, then siphoned off the dough and giving it to Kwame's NextGeneration PAC.

Just a thought.
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Busterwmu
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Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 10:53 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

WWJ had something on their website about it the other day. They did not say what warehouse it was in, only that the address was about 700 W. Jefferson Ave. I google mapped it and funny thing is that the little pointer was right in front of Joe Louis.... HA!

Of course I'm not insinuating anything, but a quick search for the "bob and sons produce warehouse" turned up nothing also. Where on Jefferson is this building?
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Gannon
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Seems like you don't need any help with your theory, Gnome.


Legalize it completely and freely...it is a weed.

Marijuana is likely the most beneficial plant EVER on the planet to mere humans, and we're still arguing this crap...playing whack-a-mole against those who provide such a valuable service that the entire government cannot even WAR against it successfully.
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Urbanfisherman
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quote:

Marijuana is likely the most beneficial plant EVER on the planet to mere humans



You must be kidding. I mean, that's a joke, right?
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Gannon
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You've obviously never actually studied the plant...at least all of its benefits published before the 1930s propaganda when it was renamed marijuana instead of hemp.


The joke is on the populace...sad one, too!
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D_mcc
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Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 12:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hemp...Probably one of the "greenest" plants for its multi-use ability. Fantastic fiber, better than cotton in most ways.
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D_parcells
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it will be interesting to see what happens with the Medical use and ability to be a "caregiver (grower )" for someone. That coupled with the Obama administrations stance of not wasting the DEA's attention on medical marijuana busts ( can't afford it? ) but rather to leave prosecution up to each state.
I'm also pretty sure that busting all these growers sure isn't helping our local economy, not that they are paying taxes, but the money does go directly into our local economy. Probably 10's of millions for an operation of that size.
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Gnome
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Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 1:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The building is located on google maps at 7256 W. Jefferson, detroit. The link is too long to post.

It is between Green St and S. Cottrell.

Since the google maps guys drove by the building has been painted brown. Also in the google maps pic, you can see a company named Crown Plating next door. Since there are cars in front and the doors are open one can assume that in Aug/Sept of 2007 it was a going business.
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Savoyard
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Sadly, pot growing appears to be one of the last viable businesses in this section of Delay. Crown Plating, Kovacs bar and an Evinrude store seem to be the last survivors. Thank you Matty.
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D_parcells
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just think of all the pot that could be grown in the MCS! Could be a billion dollar business easy with that kind of space. hmmm city tax on a billion dollar business (if it were decriminalized )? anyone? + you'd get that pleasant skunk smell wafting around corktown. residents would be hungrier and therefore spend more time at area restaurants or make more trips to the grocery for munchies. it's a win/win.
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Eastsidedame
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If we could just tax it, now...we could fund an elementary school for a whole year. Or lay a few blocks of new sidewalks and streetlights in a neighborhood. See?
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Saintme
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"If it takes 3 months to grow a plant to maturity"

It took us about 6 months. Er . . .
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Gravitymachine
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 2:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

about two or three years ago someone rented space at the russell to do just this, but on a much smaller scale. i always wondered why the lights were always on in that particular space when i drove under their window...

dunno if the law or the managment caught up to em, but they cleared out. though they left enough infastructure behind to strongly hint at what was going on

(Message edited by gravitymachine on March 11, 2009)

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