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Cannabis Farmers Markets Are A Great Idea

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, July, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
cannabis-farmers-marketsOne of my favorite things to do is visit local farmers markets to purchase fresh, local produce and meats. In America, we moved away from purchasing produce and meat locally over the last few decades. Farmers markets are reinventing how we get food, and I personally would rather support a local farmer directly, rather than go to a chain grocery store and purchase items that I have no idea where they originated.
 
The same theory of supporting local farmers directly is now being applied to the cannabis industry. Over Fourth of July weekend a farmers market was launched in Los Angeles. The goal of the farmers market is to provide safe, reliable access to cannabis. Prices tend to be cheaper at farmers markets compared to other safe access avenues because the cannabis is being purchased directly from the farmer. There’s no third party involved other than the farmer having to pay for their table at the market. Per The Hollywood Reporter:
 
“This is an opportunity that unfortunately is not seen as much as we would like,” California Heritage Market executive administrator Paizley Bradbury said of the chance for patients and growers to interact. “We’re hoping that the California Heritage Market can bridge this gap and provide a new and affordable experience for those who need safe access they can trust.”
 
The cannabis farmers market in Los Angeles is not the first of it’s kind, contrary to mainstream media reports. There have been small farmers markets in Oregon for a handful of years now, and I have also heard of ones in Washington. But despite not being the first to do it, the farmers market in Los Angeles is still a stellar idea that I hope will be continue. I also hope to see other ones pop up all over California and beyond.
 

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Marijuana tourists sparking up in Colorado's ski towns

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, July, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
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DENVER — Tourists are buying up to 90% of the recreational pot sold in some Colorado ski towns, according to a new state analysis that says those visitors are pouring tens of millions of dollars into a marijuana economy that's far larger than first predicted.
 
The study prepared for state marijuana regulators says about 9% of Colorado residents are using marijuana at least once a month, and that previous estimates dramatically under counted the amount of marijuana consumed by heavy users. The study, released Wednesday, says 22% of users consume about 70% of the pot sold in Colorado, defining a heavy user as someone consuming a gram or more a day at least 21 days monthly.
 
The study also says Colorado residents will consume about 121.4 metric tons annually, while tourists will buy nearly 9 metric tons. A study by state tax officials earlier this year estimated the market at just 92 metric tons, and a separate study released last year estimated the market at 64 metric tons.
 
A metric ton contains 1 million grams, and the average joint contains about half a gram, according to the study. A significant amount of marijuana in Colorado is being sold as either pot-infused foods or hash oil, which contain concentrated THC.
 
"This analysis suggests that the Colorado marijuana market is larger than previously thought," the study says. "When combined, total resident and visitor demand is estimated to be approximately ... 130.3 metric tons in 2014. This is a substantially higher value than reported in previous estimates."
 
Colorado has collected $34.8 million in marijuana taxes and fees this fiscal year.
 
The study notes that recreational and medical marijuana stores will likely sell only about 77 metric tons of pot this year, with the rest sold on the black or gray markets. Only a small amount is actually grown by people for their own use, the study said.
 
What remains uncertain, the study said, is how the medical and recreational markets will mature over time. Taxes on medical marijuana are significantly lower than for recreational pot, and Colorado residents can get on the state's "red card" registry for just $15. Tourists can't get those red cards, however. The study's authors noted that red card holders haven't been switching to recreational marijuana because the taxes are so much higher.
 
"The potential demand for marijuana by out-of-state visitors could represent a significant portion of total retail demand. While many Colorado residents have medical marijuana cards allowing them to purchase at a lower tax rate and at a greater number of locations, out-of-state visitors must purchase from retail marijuana vendors exclusively," the study said. "Preliminary revenue and sales data from the Department of Revenue indicate that for some counties about 90 percent of all retail sales are likely to be from out-of-state visitors."
 

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How Much Light Do Outdoor Marijuana Plants Need?

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, July, 9th 2014 by THCFinder

Marijuana is a sun-loving plant and will easily grow to large heights if provided with enough solar contact. But since marijuana is also a durable and resilient plant, growers have been able to successfully obtain buds from marijuana plants grown with only a skylight.

Sunlight encourages leaf and stem production, which in turn enables the cannabis plant to retain more sunlight, ultimately leading to more growth, larger yield and better weed. If your cannabis plants don’t receive adequate sunlight, no amount of soil and water preparation will compensate for this crucial deficiency.  Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana plants outdoors.

While light is necessary for growth, it is darkness that actually triggers flowering in mature marijuana plants. Once a mature plant receives a certain minimum amount of uninterrupted darkness for a week or so, this signals to the plant that the growing season has ended. The mature marijuana plant will begin to convert its energy from growing to flowering. This is why it is best to grow your marijuana plants as early in the spring as possible so that they receive the maximum amount of light, and can therefore spend most of their life cycle growing.

It is best to try and plant in a spot where your marijuana plants will receive sunlight for the longest possible period of time. Midway through the growing season, when the days are longest, the sun can be shining for 12 or more hours a day. Your goal is to find a location such as a clearing, free of trees or other obstacles that could prevent your plant’s leaves from capturing the sun’s rays and using them to power growth.

South-facing sites are usually the best in the northern hemisphere and vice versa for those in the southern hemisphere. This may not be possible for everyone due to other concerns like security or perhaps access to water. In that case make sure your cannabis plant receives at least five hours of direct sunlight and five hours of indirect sunlight each day. If you must choose between morning sun and afternoon sun then the consensus is that morning sun is best for growth.

Some northern marijuana growers experience a different problem: darkness plays a large factor in northern regions. Since the nights are short, the marijuana plants may not have enough time to flower before autumn sets in and, with it, the first frost. For these growers, being able to simulate a longer night to trigger flowering may be necessary. In this case a greenhouse or other enclosure may be the only way to grow outside. Please note that the darkness must be total as any light the marijuana plants receive, even if only briefly, will stall flowering and restart vegetative growth.

Cannabis growers near the equator or in other southerly places with long periods of darkness (more than ten hours for consecutive nights) may find that their cannabis plants flower too soon. This is a lot easier to deal with since shining light is always easier than withholding.

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How To Make Your Own Marijuana Fertilizers

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, July, 8th 2014 by THCFinder
marijuana-fertalizerMarijuana fertilizers come in all shapes and sizes, and most of them achieve the desired effect of producing better marijuana plants with better yields. Many fertilizers range from relatively common store-bought substances to somewhat outlandish, but easily accessible resources. Whatever you use, it’s important to understand the value of fertilizer for the marijuana plants.
 
Cannabis relies on fertilizer to get its valued nutrient content. Without any nutrients (food), the plants will end up withering away to nothing. Just having water and light won’t be enough to get your plants thriving. Fertilizers can go a long way in doing just that. But, what are the best fertilizers to use?
 
There is some logic behind sticking with a proven formula. For years, garden centers across the world have sold Miracle-Gro and other packaged fertilizers at relatively inexpensive prices. Using these fertilizers is a tried and true method that has worked for a variety of different gardeners for a variety of different plants. These fertilizers also give you the added benefit of listing the amount of nutrients they have in the soil.
 
For instance, most store bought fertilizers work off of a standard ratio between nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K). This is called an NPK ratio and it lets you know exactly how much you’re feeding to your plants. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana plants and making your own fertilizers.
 
One of the strangest fertilizers you may have ever heard of is human urine. Indeed, the yellow stuff is chalk full of the nitrogen that can promote stem and leaf production. It is important to not urinate directly on the marijuana plants or even near the plants because it might kill where it touches. This is because the urine has too high of a concentration of nitrogen for it to be safe. That is why it must always be diluted in about a gallon of water and then used quickly. If it’s not used soon after the solution is made, then you run the risk of ammonia forming which could infect and kill the plant.
 
Of course, another relatively inexpensive and also tried and true method is composting. Composting is nature’s way of really highlighting the circle of life. Any organic material you might have lying around in your backyard is sufficient for composting. This can take the form of stashed away dog feces or it can be the product of decayed oranges from an orange tree. You could even combine different organic materials that have been lying around for months or years at a time. Although it might strike you as a gross way to make a fertilizer, it is one of the best and most natural ways to produce a thriving crop.
 
There are more options for fertilizers that you might want to try, but these are certainly three of the best (or at least the easiest to use). Whether you’re peeing in a bottle or going down to the garden center to buy a bag of pre-made fertilizer, you’re going to increase your marijuana yield with higher nutrient content. In the end, that’s all you’re really looking for when it comes to fertilizers.
 

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Do Cops Have To Return Medical Marijuana Plants That They Take?

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, July, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
cops-have-to-return-mmj-plantsI have many friends who have had run ins with law enforcement which resulted in law enforcement taking their medical marijuana plants. When the cases went to trial, most of these friends were acquitted of all charges. In the process, the plants that were torn out by their roots had long since died. There are cases of this happening in almost every medical marijuana state in America.
 
The victims who had their medical marijuana plants wrongfully confiscated have the right to sue to get their property back, and if it’s damaged or destroyed, to sue for damages. Per the Green Field Reporter:
 
Whether or not state laws require, as they do in Colorado, police to return medical marijuana intact if a suspect isn’t charged or is acquitted, departments have been sued over pot that has wilted in their evidence lockers.
 
In Colorado Springs, a cancer patient who had faced drug charges is suing police after 55 dead plants were returned to him. The state appeals court had to order the police to return them.
 
Medical dispensary owner Alvida Hillery sued police to return her 604 pot plants or pay $3.3 million after she was acquitted of drug-cultivation charges. She dropped the suit in exchange for a city dispensary license.
 
Police departments who take first and ask questions later should be held accountable. Taking finished product is one thing – it can be given back after trial. However, taking living, breathing plants should be a last resort, and if the cops can’t keep them alive, they shouldn’t be taken at all. It’s very difficult to put a price tag on a medical marijuana plant, so restoring the confiscation victim to where they were prior to destroying the plants is very difficult.
 

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Dear Washington, Expect Shortages On July 7th

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, July, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
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Colorado has their legal weed model set up and already rolling. Washington kind of fell behind, putting off letting the plant take over legally. They said that they would release the cannabis this summer and thankfully, that day is almost here. However, Washington is beginning to expect problems with the release of the legal weed due to an extremely high demand and a very small supply.
 
Washington passed their legal weed law around the same time that Colorado did, granting residents only the option to purchase weed legally in the minuscule 15-20 shops that have been granted their licenses to sell marijuana recreationally. With such a small number of shops in the state, the demand is going to severely outweigh the supply, creating a problem with revenue for those who were planning on making a lot of money from opening day, much like Colorado. This small amount of shops really lucked out, being drawn out of a lottery of 334 shops requesting to open in the state of Washington on July 7th of this year.
 
The shop Cannabis City, which is located at Fourth Ave South and South Lander Street, is seriously worried about their supply. The shop will only have ten pounds of marijuana available when the doors open and with prices ranging from $15-$20, they're expecting to run out of products by the end of the day. Other stores are worrying the same thing, including the shops in Bellevue and Des Moines. So if you are in Washington state and are planning on purchasing legal weed on July 7th, it's definitely recommended that you arrive early in order to get your hands on some bud before it disappears.

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