Indoor Pot Farms Sow Calif. Discord

Boom in grow houses eating up affordable housing stock
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2008 12:13 PM CDT
Indoor Pot Farms Sow Calif. Discord
A law enforcement officer counts marijuana plants inside a grow house.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Indoor pot farms are sprouting up around California and causing some bad vibes in the Golden State, the Los Angeles Times reports. In one northwest community, authorities estimate that 1,000 of 7,500 homes are devoted to cultivating marijuana, cutting into the housing supply and raising safety concerns. Many residents complain that out-of-staters are flooding in to take advantage of liberal laws about medical marijuana.

"People who clearly are in it for profit see it as a loophole and have flooded into these areas from across California and the US," said a state drug official. As the problem worsens, a backlash is growing among longtime residents about the lenient pot rules, the Times notes. (More California stories.)

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