When it comes to marijuana-related stories, you’ve gotta be suspect with the media’s intentions. Oftentimes, marijuana seeds can be blamed for an incident when there’s really no connection at all. In this case, however, I think the “blame cannabis” defense deserves some attention. Investigators in Harrison Township, MI are blaming medical marijuana growing equipment as the cause of a fire at a local mobile home that killed 8 pets. The fire, which broke out at 9:15 AM on Sunday, consumed the entire home shared by Edward Hanmer and Christine Bartoli. When arson investigators came to research the cause of the fire, they found full medical marijuana growing and housing facilities, complete with high-intensity lamps.
Fortunately, the couple had full legal right to use such facilities. In accordance with Michigan medical cannabis regulations, Hanmer uses marijuana to manage chronic back pain. Hanmer and Bartoli say they have no idea what caused the fire, but officials argue that growth equipment like theirs is often “jury rigged.” Gonna put this out there: if you’re jury rigging your shit, you’re doing something really wrong. And unfortunately, when you make mistakes like that, people – or, in cases like these, animals – can get really hurt. By the time firefighters arrived, all of the animals in the trailer were dead, save for one struggling dog that died at the veterinary hospital.
I don’t want to just go and blame the growth facilities immediately. It could have been anything. At the same time, even if it wasn’t their cannabis growing that was the cause, this should be a reminder to us all that, if you’re going to grow, do it right. SeedMine has tons of tutorials on how to properly set up your equipment and grow your herb correctly, and if you’ve got questions, ask! Check out the community, check out our forums, do something so you can avoid setting up your equipment without knowledge. Accidents like these can always be avoided with proper precautions and smart planning.