Just don't do it, it's not worth it.
In Philadelphia, and including the Main Line and surrounding counties, growing marijuana isn’t something new. Many gardeners and non-gardeners alike have been growing a few plants here and there in the backyard, or the basement, for decades; especially the Woodstock and Baby-boomer generation; and they don't grow to sell. But in speaking with some passionate and avid gardeners, growing marijuana is compared to a mountain climber scaling a higher mountain. It’s an exciting challenge for the gardener because of the hundreds of varieties of seed strains, bud colors, and the ability to experiment with cloning, as well as the capability of controlling the potency of the cannibas (THC-tetrahydrocannabinol), and the manipulation of the sex of the plants. With just a little experience, growers can often cross strains to change the growing habits or properties of the original seed. Marijuana seeds that produce buds such as purp, chronic, cush, Northern lights, big bud, ice, skunk and white widow are hard to come by, and pot smokers definitely want to reproduce these incredible strains. But if you want to grow herb, it's probably a good idea to try basil or oregano instead of cannabis.
The PA marijuana laws are strict. The Mandatory Minimum Sentence for growing marijuana in Pennsylvania is as follows:
2. *MMS 10 to 50 lbs or 21 to 51 plants 3 years, $15,000 (if subsequent offense, 4 years,
3. Possible probation for first offense.
More than likely, you will get caught; it's just a matter of time. Because of the marijuana plant’s height, from June through harvest time in September and October, it will stick out like a sore green thumb. And let’s not forget the strong aroma, it’s a tough one to hide, especially while blowing in the gentle summer breeze. That's how the man got caught on the 3000 block of North 7th Street back in November 2009, because of the odor; even with masked windows. Although he was growing 600 plants, anything over 9 plants means a year in the slammer; and similar to the Lays potato chip slogan, you can't plant just one. On Wednesday, March 10, Philly.com reported on the largest marijuana-growing operation in New Jersey's history, our neighbors next door. They said “the smell of pot from the chimney led them to the record bust.” (2) And as much as you love your neighbors, you can't trust them or think they won't notice. It’s just not worth spending a year of your life behind bars for growing a seed and experimenting with weed.
The Associated Press reported that in November the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana will be in the hands of the California voters. Fifty-six percent of voters supported the legalization of medical marijuana use back in 1996. (3) If the law is passed, it will no longer be a crime to smoke weed in the Golden State. ABC World News reported that it also would allow the growing of up to 25 square feet of marijuana per residence. (4) The government plans on collecting tax on every sale, which could potentially make 1.4 billion dollars a year. If you add that along with the cut in law enforcement, it would reduce the spending of another two million dollars a year in California. But as for Philadelphians, it’s illegal to grow it, and smoke it.
So here's how not to grow marijuana: Throw away the seeds.
Here are some "other" seeds to try: