5 Interesting Things That You Need to Know If You Want To Grow Cannabis

Scientists all around the world have worked hard to document the medical benefits of cannabis. Needless to say that they have been really successful so far. It is one of the leading reasons that the world is moving towards the full legalization of  cannabis. Medical marijuana is now legal in most of the states in the United States of America. In some states, even recreational marijuana is legal.

What if I tell you that you can grow your own cannabis if it’s legal in your state? Yes, you heard it right. All you need to have is a license, and you’ll be all set to grow your own weed. However, there are a few things that you need to know before you plan on growing your own weed.

Here you go:

Male And Female Plants Have Different Properties

Just like many other plants, the cannabis plant also has male and female characters. The best part is that you can identify them without being an expert on cannabis plants. signs of a male cannabis plant are visible and can easily be identified. So, before you plan to grow your own, make sure that you know everything about male and female plants.

There Are Different Types Of Seeds

It is something that most people don’t know. Not only cannabis plants have different strains, but their seed types also differ. You can get both unfeminine and feminized seeds based on your requirements. So, before you make any seed purchases, make sure that you are getting the right kinds of seeds.

There’s A Variety Of Growing Methods

Unlike other plants, you can grow a cannabis plant both indoors and outdoors. However, the equipment for both growing methods is different, and the results may also differ. Therefore, you need to have detailed knowledge of each method before you select one for yourself. Another factor that you need to take into account is the space that you have. The method of growing the cannabis plant highly depends on the kind of space you have to grow it. So, you need to analyze everything before you choose to ensure the maximum growth of the plants.

Cannabis Plant Gives Signs Of Everything

You need to have a great deal of knowledge about the nutritional requirements of the plant. Cannabis plants need a very balanced amount of nutrition. Something as small as overwatering can halt the growth of the plant. The good news is that you can see all the symptoms of the growth requirements of the plants from how it looks.

It Can Be Very Expensive

Lastly, you need to know that growing cannabis can be very expensive. You may think that since you are growing your own weed, it is going to cost less. However, this is not the case. So, if you are growing it for business purposes, you need to make sure that you evaluate the cost before starting the project.

Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board To Hold Public Hearing On Recreational Marijuana Home Grows

Agency tasked by new law to conduct study and make recommendations to Legislature by Dec. 1, 1017

WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) will hold a public hearing on Wed. Oct. 4, 2017, to receive public input on whether the State should allow home grows of recreational marijuana. The public hearing is during the regularly scheduled 10:00 a.m. Board meeting at its headquarters at 3000 Pacific Avenue in Olympia. Due to space and parking restrictions, the WSLCB encourages written public comment. Written public comment may be submitted by email through Oct. 11, 2017 at rules@lcb.wa.gov or hard copy at PO Box 43080, Olympia, WA 98504.

Note: The Board may adjust the testimony time allotted to each speaker based on the number of attendees to ensure that everyone has time to testify. 

Legislation enacted in 2017 directs the WSLCB to “conduct a study of regulatory options for the legalization of marijuana plant possession and cultivation by recreational marijuana users.” The study must take into account the “Cole Memo,” issued by the United State Department of Justice in 2013, which outlines the federal government’s enforcement priorities in states where medical or recreational marijuana has been legalized or decriminalized. The study and recommendations are due to the Legislature on Dec. 1, 2017

“The agency is actively engaging other states, the public, the industry and stakeholders. We know there are many perspectives to this issue and we want to ensure they are captured for our report and recommendations,” said agency director Rick Garza.

The WSLCB is seeking input on three options at the public hearing:

Option 1: Tightly Regulated Recreational Marijuana Home Grows

  • Statutory provision that allows law enforcement to seize and destroy all plants if beyond limit;
  • This option allows recreational home grows under a strict state regulatory framework based on the Cole Memo:
  • Requires a permit;
  • Four plants maximum per household;
  • All plants must be entered into the state traceability system;
  • Requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.;
  • Jurisdiction is shared between WSLCB and local authorities
  • Allows recreational growers to purchase plants from licensed as long as growers have a permit;
  • Same restrictions on processing marijuana that apply to medical marijuana (no combustible processing).

Option 2: Local Control of Recreational Marijuana Home Grows

  • This option is based on statewide standards including requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.;
  • Limits plants to 4 per household;
  • Allows recreational growers to purchase plants from licensed as long as growers have a permit.
  • Requires a permit to possess plants.

Difference from Option 1

  • Does not require plants to be entered into traceability
  • Authorized, controlled, and enforced by local jurisdictions;
  • State sets minimum requirements. Local jurisdictions can be more restrictive.
  • Home grows are prohibited without local permission;

Option 3. Recreational Home Grows are Prohibited

  • This option preserves the status quo. Recreational home grows continue to remain prohibited:
  • A regulated market exists today with statewide access;
  • Recreational home grows may provide a cover for diversion;
  • The Cole Memo is concerned with diversion, youth access, and the criminal element;
  • Home grows for medical marijuana are allowed as well as cooperatives.

Among the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana, Washington is the only state that does not allow marijuana home grows. Washington allows authorized patients to have limited grows for medical purposes or to be part of a four-member medical marijuana cooperative if the cooperative registers with the WSLCB and the local jurisdiction does not object.

Those wishing to view the public hearing may watch via WebEx. The live link will be posted to the Board Meeting webpage of the WSLCB website at lcb.wa.gov at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.