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NBC Los Angeles Gets Tour of Marijuana Grow House

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Reporters rarely get access to weed houses before they're raided by police, but one intrepid NBC journalist managed to finagle his way into a warehouse in the San Fernando Valley that grows the green stuff for the Southland and is still in full-fledged operation.

John Cadiz Klemack reported that he was allowed to visit the site on the condition that he didn't bring in any GPS devices or cell phones, and had to ride in a windowless van without knowing which direction they were going (long live Gonzo! sort of).

Once inside, looking both smug and skeptical, he learned that the smell is blocked off form the outside world, and that the plants grow to the tune of classical music. He also learned that the grower, who they dubbed "Mike," rakes in a salary of $420,000 a year.


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The segment ends with the revelation that "Mike" has his family involved with the business as well, including his grandmother.

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