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How not to grow marijuana


Just don't do it, it's not worth it. 

For some avid gardeners and botanists, growing cannabis can be tempting; not so much for the harvest, but for the horticulture and botany experimentation. Yeah, right!  Anyway, just don’t do 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:

1. *MMS 2 to 10lbs or 10 to 21 plants 1 year; $5,000 (double if subsequent offense)
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.
*Mandatory minimum sentence means that the judge has to sentence the defendant to the at least the minimum sentence. He has has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum sentence. (1)

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, 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:

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  • Roberta 5 years ago

    Your articles are awesome! I live nowhere near Philadelphia but I enjoy reading then all...thanks for the info.

  • Stephanie 5 years ago

    I love reading your articles. Your articles make people think out of the box!!!

  • phillynorml 5 years ago

    very cool article! btw - Chris can be reached

  • Cynthia 5 years ago

    You always bless me....

  • Cynthia 5 years ago

    YOu always bless us...thanks

  • medical patient in CA 5 years ago

    Well, I have some news for you MOST medical cannabis growing nowadays at least for medical purposes is done with rooted clones not seed.. this is so the genetics stay true, generation after generation, for the black thumbed among us, mother plants are available in the marketplace and from the 4 official City of Oakland Medical Cannabis Providers that are pregrown cannabis plants that merely need a 12 hour a day light cycle(1kw or more of light recommended) and nutrients rich in phosphorus/potassium to produce 8 -16 ounces of female marijuana buds(the only part of the plant consumed).

    I just picked up 10 clones of various strains to first grow to size and replicate into more clones and then to be put into flowering when of sufficient size.

    a very ill patient
    ps what a world of difference betwixt east and west coast customs.

  • Joanne, The author 5 years ago

    Thanks med patient. God bless you and yes, what a difference 2500 miles can make...Been to CA many times, love it!

  • Josh 4 years ago

    Isn't Florida the Sunshine State? I thought California was the Golden State?

  • Peter 4 years ago

    Just for horticultural accuracy - Cannabis is an annual even in tropical climates, not just in out climate. It's actually unique:Cannabis is the only annual with male and female flowers on separate plants. All other dioecious (that is, gendered) plants, including its cousin, hops, are perennials.

  • The Author, Joanne 4 years ago

    Love that! Thank you so much Peter!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    i use it! i love it! i dont see y it cant be legal it dont kill you it takes pain away from your body everyone is just acting stupid about it some people need it to be healthy and not sick and some wouldnt live without it cuz thats how they make a living

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