With that in mind, Linda, I would think that locked windows and doors would suffice as “an enclosed, locked area” even if the windows are open for ventilation purposes. I would further ensure the security of your garden by making sure the cannabis plants are not near the windows whereby they can be accessible from the outside (i.e., someone reaching through the window). If possible, I would suggest even keeping them out of view from the outside world (people like pot and may get ideas).
Greetings, Linda! And thanks for writing in!
To start, you are correct from a horticultural perspective – you need to effectively ventilate your greenhouse to prevent heat build-up. Excess heat and temperatures above 80 F will hinder plant development and begin to impede on photosynthetic processes. Air exchanges are also essential to garden health. Plants need fresh air and influxes of CO2 to stay happy and healthy.
As for Colorado’s state regulations, I advise that you consult your attorney or give a call into the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) for an exact interpretation of the regulations as I am not an attorney. That being said, let’s take a look at Colorado law and see if we can make sense out of it.
That being said, it is always a good idea to secure any outdoor garden space or greenhouse with a perimeter fence. While costly, this option would certainly satisfy most any state’s regulations for a secure outdoor cultivation site and would bring you quite a bit of peace of mind. If you deployed a printer fence with a locked gate, your options for greenhouse modification would be much more. Best of luck, don’t stress and keep on enjoying your right to grow your own at home!
The regulations for legal, adult cultivation (for either medical or recreational use) stipulate the following;
Depending on your greenhouse structure, you may be able to modify the unit in other ways that do not lessen your security. For example, it is often recommended to exhaust your garden air near the ceiling where the temperatures are hottest. Creating small slits, flanges or circular cutouts can help in this regard. Attaching some screening to keep pests out and an inline fan to help exhaust heat could be one option. Be creative.
Thanks for reading everyone and remember: Grow… And help the world grow, too!
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Colorado’s legalization of the recreational use of marijuana happened only in 2012 with the passage of Amendment 64. Adults 21 years old and older now may possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use. 2
Possessing more than 12 marijuana plants in a residence is a Colorado crime.
9. How much is a grow license in Colorado?
But if there were more than 24 plants, a subsequent illegal cultivation offense is a class 3 drug felony. The sentence is two-to-four years in Colorado State Prison and/or fines of $2,000 to $500,000. But the prison term becomes four-to-six years if there are aggravating factors. Examples are if the defendant was:
The wait time to seal criminal records in Colorado depends on the type of conviction.
2. Can people under 21 grow marijuana?
Colorado marijuana law permits adults 21 and older to home grow up to six cannabis plants in a residence as long as:
Each cultivation facility is assigned a different tier depending on the number of plants it has: