A designated grower is a person or organization that has been granted the legal authorization to grow medical marijuana for a patient with a license to possess marijuana for medical purposes. One of the more compassionate positions within the medical marijuana industry, the designated grower is responsible for providing their licensed patient(s) with their full prescribed amount of dried marijuana. The product that is provided to the patient must be clean and potent and well-manicured, as well as growing symptom-specific strains of the leafy little weed to provide their patient(s) with relief from the symptoms that their disease or ailment causes them.
Designated growers must provide a clean and safe growing environment that is not known to or seen by children, and is not located in an area near a school or where children are known to congregate. An insurance policy must be acquired along with a police records check, as designated growers can’t have had a conviction within the past seven (7) years or a drug-related conviction within the past ten (10) years. Designated growers are appointed by a patient in the application process and the owners of the location of the growing facility must fill out and sign a form stating that they know of and approve the medical marijuana growing facility in or on their property. The patient signs the back of one of two passport-sized pictures of the proposed designated grower to verify their identity, and fills out a specific portion of the designated grower’s application form.
The designated grower’s purpose is to try different strains of marijuana while interacting with the patient. The patient must tell their designated grower how well the strains they are receiving work on each specific symptom that they suffer from. Take for instance the case of a chronic pain sufferer, who already takes lots of narcotic pharmaceuticals. This patient may require a very potent Sativa or hybrid strain to deal with their pain, a strong Indica strain to induce hunger and an extremely potent hybrid to induce sleep. With little-to-no side effects, the marijuana takes 4 to 6 bottles of pills out of the patient’s system, along with all of their nasty side effects.
Symptom-specific growing is a relatively new art form that once perfected can make the designated grower seem like a wonder drug manufacturer. Mixing the better qualities of certain strains of marijuana, like Afghani, Kush and Skunk can deliver a plant that grows rather quickly and produces a medium-sized yield, but is extremely potent, resin-soaked and completely covered with THC crystals. It could also deliver a small yielding plant with minor potency and little effect on the patient’s symptoms. It is a crapshoot, basically, but well worth the experimentation for the designated grower when that perfect cross strain is made from mother plants of extremely potent, sweet and smooth pot.
The purpose of the designated grower is most assuredly not to make a profit off of their patient(s), as they have to pay taxes on income earned from their customer(s) and that information is readily available to the license-issuing authority. The industry standard fee for medical marijuana is $5.00 to $5.50 per gram, but many dispensaries, designated growers and compassion clubs will provide patients living on fixed incomes a compassionate pricing model that takes into account their monthly budget. A designated grower who is a close friend, family member or just a very compassionate and charitable person can charge their license holders any amount that they deem fair to as low as $0.50 per gram. The patient provides the designated grower with a receipt for income tax purposes.
Marijuana does not cure nor alleviate diseases or ailments; it suppresses and/or alleviates symptoms that their disease or ailment has on their mind and body. Marijuana also helps suffering souls to eat, relax and sleep, all without the nasty side effects and suicidal tendencies that many pharmaceutical medicines have. It also vastly reduces the amount of pills and other medicines and therapies that the patient has to take or undergo each and every day.
And this is what the designated grower does; he provides his licensed patients with an increased quality of life.