Cannabis Indoor Grow

Course Description

This course is designed to equip investigating officers and support personnel with the training necessary to detect, search and seize, prosecute and testify in indoor marijuana grow cases. An in-depth study of cannabis horticulture, the equipment required to grow indoors, indoor growing techniques including sensimilla cultivation and carbon dioxide enrichment will be covered in this class. Methods to locate and investigate indoor grows will be discussed in depth. Search warrants, thermal imaging search warrants, scene search and seizure and court testimony are also included. A number of case studies and investigations will be examined and critiqued.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe where marijuana fits in American society.
  2. Describe the basics of cannabis horticulture.
  3. Describe and testify how marijuana is cultivated in its natural environment outdoors.
  4. Describe and testify how cannabis is cultivated indoors.
  5. Recognize and recite what equipment is required to cultivate marijuana indoors.
  6. Conduct an indoor marijuana cultivation case from start to finish.
  7. Conduct intelligence workups on suspects and suspected sites.
  8. Conduct surveillance on grow sites.
  9. Describe the surveillance observations and what is probable cause.
  10. Contact utility companies to obtain electrical and water records at suspected sites.
  11. Analyze electrical and water records and describe what is probable cause.
  12. Prepare and swear indoor marijuana grow investigations search warrants.
  13. Prepare a raid plan, incorporating officer safety issues.


Course Length

2 days (16 hours)

Who May Attend This Course