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Exploring the World of Legal Marijuana Growing

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Inside a NorCal grow house (Photo: spotreporting via Flickr)
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In what used to be her daughter's bedroom, Joanne Clarke of Costa Mesa, is now raising marijuana plants. She opened up her home to reporter for a piece on the current crop of legal at-home growers of the medicinal plant, which is published in today's LA Times.The scene, as described:

What had been a teenager's tropical-themed room is now a beaming, humming, indoor plant laboratory complete with silver reflective bubble wrap on the walls, blinding grow lights, ventilation ducts hanging from the ceiling and marijuana plants in various stages of development neatly labeled with names such as Platinum Kush, Purple Diesel and Blue Cheese.

Clarke and her husband have a permit to grow the plant, but haven't let many people into the room itself. While Mrs. Clarke finds using the crop in capsules is therapeutic for her arthritis, Mr. Clarke gets his reward from gardening in the "fantasy land" space.