B.C. Entrepreneurs Market Pot-Growing Machine 

B.C. Entrepreneurs Market Pot-Growing Machine 
Posted by FoM on August 26, 2001 at 19:44:42 PT
By Dene Moore
Source: Ottawa Citizen
John Brusatore has a budding career because of Canada's new medical marijuana laws. The British Columbia entrepreneur is marketing his Power Grow system as a foolproof way for medical marijuana users to grow their own supply. In its first six weeks of operation, All-Round Industries has done more than $1 million in business. "People that do medically need (marijuana), they don't have to go out on the street for it or they're not going to try and set up some two-bit wiring job in their house and burn their house down," said Brusatore. 
The Power Grow is fully automated and has a ventilation system to prevent the telltale smell of a marijuana-growing operation. "You just plug it into the wall and it'll grow one to two pounds of marijuana every six to eight weeks with no pesticides," said Brusatore, who included information on the system at: unit, resembling a wide refrigerator with two separate compartments, sells for about $4,000. Brusatore and his partner, Jason Bleuler, have franchises opening in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec and they plan to expand into the United States. The idea was sparked by Canada's medicinal marijuana policy, which came into effect earlier this month. People with a terminal or debilitating illnesses such as multiple sclerosis or AIDS can apply for the legal right to possess and cultivate marijuana for their own medical use. It opened the door for All-Round to get a legal piece of the $200-billion pot industry. Although pot plants decorate the company's Web site, the system is just a plant-growing machine and "it's not up to us to police who's using it," Brusatore said. Medicinal marijuana users can legally grow pot, said Eric Nash, who, along with partner Wendy Little, has created an online directory for medical pot users. Canada Medical Marijuana -- -- is a searchable database of information, complete with Health Canada application forms. "I've had a lot of relatives die of cancer - my mother most recently," said Nash. When another elderly relative suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease mentioned trying marijuana, Nash and Little went looking for more information. It wasn't easy, so Nash, a Web designer, and Little, a teacher, decided to save others the trouble. The directory also puts medical users in touch with experienced "green thumbs." Police say it is up to those who have medical exemptions from drug laws to ensure they stay within the law. "If people are allowed to grow marijuana, they have the permits, there wouldn't be anything wrong with them getting a piece of equipment that would allow them to do that," said Sgt. Mike Dunbar of the RCMP drug-enforcement section in Vancouver. But a kilogram every couple of months far exceeds the amount they are permitted to have, he said. "A couple of pounds every couple of months is more than one person is going to use for themselves, so what do you do with the excess?" said Dunbar. Complete Title: B.C. Entrepreneurs Market Pot-Growing Machine To Medical Users Source: Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)Author: Dene MoorePublished: Sunday, August 26, 2001 Copyright: 2001 The Ottawa CitizenContact: letters Website: Articles & Web Sites:Canada Medical Marijuana Grow System Drugs in Canada - Gone To Pot High Above The Law
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Comment #11 posted by growslut on December 12, 2001 at 10:13:03 PT:
It really dose work
I put out $4495 for my power grow unit and all clames are true. I got 1.5lbs of K2 in 7 weeks, the thing paid for its self and all I did was plug it in. By far the easiest& safest way to grow. The lights work,the budz good and its sooo much better than my phototron. Get with the progrham boys for personal smoke its the future!
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Comment #10 posted by Paulus the Woodgnome on August 28, 2001 at 22:30:52 PT:
They Have To Be Dreaming
Those lights look like fluorescents to me. 880 watts for only 25,000 lumens? Come On! A standard 400 watt high pressure sodium lamp puts out 55,000 lumens, and might, if operated well, produce 1 lb in 8 weeks or so.Fluorescent lamps are only used for cloning these days. This machine would only produce small quantities of very low-grade herb.If the price of $4000 is correct then someone is trying it on.Paulus the WoodgnomeGnome Grow
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Comment #9 posted by Charlie on August 27, 2001 at 11:44:53 PT
Have a gander...
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Comment #8 posted by Kickaha on August 27, 2001 at 10:04:48 PT
That $4000 is in Canadian dollars ($2589 US, currently) but is still extremely pricey. The claim of 1-2 pounds every 8 weeks is ridiculous. 1-2 ounces, more likely. The wattage of the lights is OK, but they don't say what kind they are using, so it is difficult to tell if heat would be a problem. The reservoir looks very small, which can make it difficult to maintain proper PH, which is critical. There is a lot of essential information missing from their website.Based on the price and the pitch, this seems opportunistic. You could build something like this yourself from an old refrigerator for about $500, and you would have more room. You can do better for cheaper commercially, too. I don't have any experience with this system, but it looks pretty sweet: (Requires Quicktime 4 or better)$499 US for a complete system (no C02, but that is not essential, especially for beginners)that could produce 1/2 pound every 8-12 weeks with practice, based on wattage and plant sites. You can double your plant sites and more than double your wattage for $799. It's a little less stealthy, but you couldn't put that other thing in your living room anyway. Remember too that to get exceptional produce takes effort and skill, along with the right equipment. Marijuana will grow anywhere, but it will not maximize its output or produce its highest quality without a little TLC, just like any plant in the garden.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on August 27, 2001 at 08:52:26 PT
It could cost around $4,000? Is that correct? Oh my that's a lot of money. What would make it cost so much? Lights aren't that expensive? What is a Phototron? I think I've heard of it before but I don't know what it is.
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Comment #6 posted by Charlie on August 27, 2001 at 07:01:16 PT
I used a tron for 6 years before it was discovered by firemen who had forced entry responding to a bogus fire called in by my alarm system. Duh, freakin' Murphy's Law. Yeah, they turned me in. The tron produced about 3 z's 'bout every 8 weeks but many pickin's along the way to harvest. Pretty much allowed me and me wife to be independent from the madness surrounded the herb. My wife is to scared to try that again, second offense and all if snagged. The herb it produced was superb, never followed the 'soil test' recommendation. Every 8 weeks I had a harvest festival. This unit here is way over priced and huge compared to a tron. The tron was easily disguised, using the box it came in as a chinese curtain of sorts, it wrapped around the entire outfit nicely having cut the box down one side. When the lights were out nobody would know you were growing cannabis in such a small amount of space. The firemen only discovered it because the lights were on behind the curtain and it happened to be next to the heated therefore they had a peek. Bastards.I'd highly recommend the Phototron to those looking to free themselves of reefer madness and open to reefer gladness.
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Comment #5 posted by BusterHiman on August 27, 2001 at 02:06:34 PT
"You just plug it into the wall and it'll grow one to two pounds of marijuana every six to eight weeks with no pesticides," said BrusatoreUh huh. These folks might consider not putting such a thing in their adverts. Or maybe they're already planning for lawsuits, considering the 4K the unit costs. Looks like Rube Goldberg. Why does the name "Phototron®" come to mind? That guy wanted the buyer to send in a soil sample every so often. rofl.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on August 26, 2001 at 20:39:52 PT
My 2 cents
Hi Lookinside, Dr. Russo an all,Here is more details of the system. I sure am not up on things like this but what came to my mind is this might be good for people who live in an apartment and want to grow their own medicine and of course in Canada not here. I assume they test for safety before it could be marketed but I don't know for sure because this is all so new.
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Comment #3 posted by lookinside on August 26, 2001 at 20:29:24 PT:
agreed doc...
my wife would consume over 2 ounces a week when supply wasnot a problem...she's making do with 3 oz. a month becauseeven the clubs charge over $300 an oz.
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Comment #2 posted by lookinside on August 26, 2001 at 20:23:15 PT:
i'd be...
very careful before i purchased one of these...the claimsand specs sound good, but i'm leary of the light source andheat dissipation problems...the chambers appear veryshort...their claim of 1-2 pounds every 2 months seems waaayoptimistic...caveat emptor...
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Comment #1 posted by Ethan Russo, MD on August 26, 2001 at 20:01:07 PT:
Does It Really?
"But a kilogram every couple of months far exceeds the amount they are permitted to have, he said."Wrong. Most of the Compassionate IND patients who receive legal cannabis from NIDA are using 10 grams a day. That is 300 grams a month, times two is 600 grams in two months. Some people need more for their conditions, so it is not out of the question that a medical patient would require this amount.
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