Nearly nine months after Initiative 71 went into effect in Washington D.C., making it legal for adults to possess and use personal amounts of cannabis, residents are realizing that there is really only one way to reliably obtain the plant. Laws regarding marijuana in D.C. forbid the sale of cannabis, which makes it difficult to legally acquire marijuana without personally growing it. As a result, a new market has opened up for home builders and remodelers.
While the law allows for D.C. residents to grow up to six plants at a time, cold winters make consistent outdoor cultivation impossible. Realizing that growing your own is the wave of the future, one Washington D.C. developer may have just launched the newest trend in high-end home amenities — cannabis cultivation closets.
Developer, Eric Hirshfield, recently stacked a four-level condo in the Park View area of the city with a wet bar, wine fridge and a closet designed to grow cannabis. Hirshfield is confident that this is more than a one time addition,
“I think this is going to be the new wet bar of 2015.”
Eric Hirshfield (NBCWashington)
The closet in the home, which sold for $800,000, features high quality lamps, a drainage system, an exhaust fan and a locked door to secure the area from children. Since Hirshfield unveiled this design, other developers have considered including grow rooms, but none have taken the initiative to carry out the plans.
Hirshfield said that he will continue to construct larger closets in new builds and turn bonus rooms into grow rooms for home owners around D.C.,
“The novelty [of having a grow closet] hasn’t quite worn off. But I would say there is more growing happening than people may realize.”
While some may be turned off by the thought of a cannabis cultivation room, few would think twice about owning a home with a room built for growing organic vegetables or herbs. No matter which way the room is described, it is likely that Hirshfield will earn more business from this design. The next homes Hirshfield is constructing in Mount Pleasant and Petworth will have cultivation rooms built-in.