What are the risks of growing marijuana Growing marijuana comes with a few of attendant risks. There is always the threat from law enforcement (depending on your location), but thieves also present a problem, especially for outdoor growers. For the most part, getting caught with a small number of plants won't land you in too much trouble. For instance, I was forced to do 240 hours of community service after law enforcement found 900 plants in an enormous hangar in Amsterdam. If you only have 10 or so, then you may just get off with a warning or fine (although your plants will be confiscated). If you don't want to get caught, try these things: 1. Do NOT talk to anyone about it More often than not, people get caught simply because they like to talk about growing marijuana. Keeping your mouth shut isn't easy, especially when you're so enthusiastic about and proud of your progress. If you tell one person, then you've practically told all their friends, too. Before too long, everyone knows you're growing weed. If that's the case, then someone who doesn't like you might hear the news. It's very easy for someone to call the police and snitch on you. Even your good friends can become your enemies and give you away to the cops. It's better to just not trust anyone and keep your weed growing hobby to yourself. 2. Keep the smell contained The odor of marijuana is very specific and every strain is pretty pungent. Many people are "outed" because of the smell, but it doesn't have to be a problem. For indoor growers, it's important to grow in a sealed space. Don't let the breeze carry the marijuana odor throughout your entire apartment block. If you're growing a lot of plants using HPS bulbs, it's important to use an exhaust fan that has a carbon filter. The fan will essentially filter out all the weed scents and only allow clean, filtered air to get outside the room. The exhaust fan is also perfect for removing hot air in a grow room so that the temperatures won't get out of hand. Outdoor growers have to worry about the weather and the directions of the wind, but it's not difficult to plan for that. You can even make a greenhouse or grow your plants under a shed. For those growing in forests or cornfields, keep your plants away from hiking trails, recreation areas, or places that are frequented by humans. As soon as the flowering stage hits, the plants will start to smell. The first few months should be odorless, though. 3. Maintain a low profile Try your best to keep prying eyes away from what you're doing. If you're growing inside your home, then you'll need to carry in pots, soil bags, light bulbs, and other material to construct your grow room. When you bring stuff in, don't look suspicious. Keep the soil bags in cardboard boxes if possible. When building your grow room, keep the noise to a minimum. Try not to attract any attention to your behavior at all. If you're growing outside on land other than your own, then try not to get into a routine. Don't go to your garden at the same time every single day. Scout out a location prior to growing so you know how busy it is at different times of the day. Use a backpack or other non-suspicious bag to carry your supplies (don't use a black sport bag that resembles a body bag). You should also blend in, especially if you're visiting your plants at night. For instance, I like to walk my dog every night and people likely think I'm just out walking my dogs. Your reason for being outside could be for running, mountain biking, or hiking. Dress the part. It's general, all of this is rather simple, but you just have to think about it. Following these rules and using common sense will usually keep you from getting caught.