"grow house"

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Sun Mar 11 23:37:28 UTC 2007

Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> On 3/11/07, Grant Barrett <gbarrett at worldnewyork.org> wrote:
>> On Mar 11, 2007, at 16:53, Charles Doyle wrote:
>> > I recently heard on a local news broadcast from Atlanta about a
>> > narcotics raid in a residential neighborhood of a nearby town.
>> > Residents of the subdivision were astonished to discover that a
>> > GROW HOUSE was located on their street. In the ediface so
>> > designated, quantities of high-grade marijuana were being cultivated.
>> >
>> > UrbanDictionary.com does not record "grow house"--though Google
>> > exemplifies it amply.
>> A similar term is "grow operation" or "grow-op."
>> http://www.dtww.org/index.php/citations/grow_op_1/
> Also "grow room", which is used in reference to indoor (hydroponic)
> gardening more generally, not just marijuana cultivation.
> Here's the earliest cite for "grow house" I've found so far (on Google
> Book Search):
> "There are countless numbers of grow houses (premises wherein large
> quantities of marijuana are grown and cultivated) in Portland." --1986
> Major City Survey on Drug Arrests and Seizures: Report of the Select
> Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. Published 1987.

These seem to be based on "grow lights", which goes back much further.

This is my first search in Google Books, so be gentle. The earliest
drug-related "grow lights" seems to be around 1983 (A GPO report on the
drug problem). A 1983 citation from Sunset House Plants, 1983, provides
a definition of grow lights, suggesting it's a new term (though my
mother had grow lights in her basement as early as 1972).

There *may* be an instance in the Compton Encyclopedia, which *may* have
been published in 1950.

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