Considerations Before Growing Medical Marijuana

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It seems to be common sense that, once a state recognized marijuana as a medicine, it would then follow up by developing a system to facilitate access to those who need it the most. That, of course, has yet to happen. There are only a few states that officially permits dispensaries to sell the herb. Patients anywhere else have to depend on their own supply, a caretaker’s supply, or the black market to get their medicine.

Deciding whether or not you should grow marijuana or have a caregiver do it for you must be thought over carefully. The grower candidate must consider many factors.

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    Enough space

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    Is there enough space to grow? Most gardens require a minimum of around 9 square feet (0.8 square meters). This, of course, averages out to a space that’s about 3 feet x 3 feet (0.9 meters x 0.9 meters). If growing outside, a plant can use anywhere between 4 and 25 square feet (0.4 to 2.3 square meters).


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    Do you feel confident in your horticultural abilities? Marijuana isn’t that hard to grow, but it can be tremendously stressful to begin a project pessimistically.

    Medicine use

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    Do you use enough medicine to make cultivation worthwhile? If you only uses miniscule amounts of marijuana, it probably won’t make sense to waste all the time and money it requires to grow marijuana. For example, if you only go through a quarter of an ounce per month, then the effort, time, and money probably won’t balance out. Indeed, maintaining a garden could cost as much as $1,000 per year, which is an amount many people aren’t willing to part with.

    Taboo plant

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    Do you feel uneasy about growing such a controversial plant? In certain states, marijuana cultivation is legal with a doctor’s recommendation. Even in those instances, however, you do run a risk of arrest if their gardens attract adverse attention from neighbors, landlords, cops, or even unfriendly relatives and acquaintances. If you feel wary about having a taboo plant on their property, it might be a good idea to avoid a personal marijuana garden.

    Dealing with reality

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    Potential growers must prepare themselves for the stark reality in which medical marijuana garners far less than benevolence from most law enforcement, even in locales where it’s technically legal. It’s wise to mentally prepare yourself for potential arrest or, at the very least, some legal hassles.

    Seductive quality  of marijuana

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    Gardener candidates need to also be aware that marijuana has somewhat of a seductive quality. It’s entire life cycle, from seed (or cutting) to ripeness and senescence, spans only about a quarter of a year. One day is like a year in the marijuana plant’s life. It is also dioecious, meaning that male and female flowers grow on separate plants. Also, unlike most birds and mammals but very much like humans, the female form of the plant is prized for its beauty. It is not particularly rare for gardeners to become obsessed with growing marijuana. From my personal observations of these growers, I have concluded that using marijuana is not addictive, but growing it certainly is.

    Growing marijuana

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    If you can bypass all the legal paranoia, growing marijuana is a very rewarding and often pleasant experience. It grows fast and responds quickly to different environmental changes. Over a single season you’ll experience the entire life of a living organism that has existed symbiotically with humankind so long that some scientists suggest that wild marijuana doesn’t even exist.

    You can find feral marijuana (hemp) in the Himalayas and across the Caucasus as well as in the Midwestern United States. Despite its inherently weedy nature that can allow it to grow without human intervention, its progenitors intersected with our species causing permanent changes in its evolution. The symbiotic relationship has had a profound effect on both species.

    With human intervention, cannabis spread from its native home in the Himalayan valleys to every continent on the Earth. In return, cannabis has provided humans with shelter, clothing, food, medicine, and a distinctly altered consciousness.

    No longer content to grow the plant outdoors, humans in the past half-century have overseen the advent of indoor varieties bred to thrive under artificial lighting. Today, in the California dispensaries, indoor-grown marijuana is considered more valuable (and, thus, more costly) because of its higher quality and the overall consistency of indoor buds.

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      14 comments on “Considerations Before Growing Medical Marijuana”

      1. As a fellow grower, I see most states moving to legalize recreational use. BUT not growing. So you’ll be able to legally buy pot without a license, you’ll still be charged $360-$400 per oz. I’m still saving a bunch. I typically get almost 2-pounds per grow in a 4’X4’X80″ tent.

      2. This is a perfect article for us marijuana breeders, good thing that there are article like this, which points out information that enable for us to learn on how to start growing medical marijuana. Thank you, We learned a lot from your article!

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      4. Another concern I found out was to check with your health care provider as to their policy on medical marijauna before starting. I heard of at least one instance where an individual disclosed they had a medical and were using and were dismissed as a patient for self medicating . whether that was for not notifying the care provider or that is their policy im not sure but it caused one of my associates to not apply for his medical and wait until recreational became legal so as to avoid as he put it being on the radar. How that makes a difference when you give a urine sample i don’t know. I hope was helpful

      5. great reading so far, learning a lot about the do’s and dont’s before I start growing. Hoping to get a dispensary license of my own someday.

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      7. Some more things to keep in mind, because local medical marijuana laws are almost always changing and under development — it’s very important for any potential gardeners to be fully familiar with the current laws and regulations in their own state, city and or county.

        In all areas that marijuana has become legal in the United States it is much too easy to become fully state legal, and it’s certainly easier than spending time in jail or worse, so make sure you are following all local laws and regulations.

        However as it is still entirely illegal by federal law, another important thing to consider is — even though the federal laws do consider any marijuana illegal, it does consider 3 – 4 plants personal use. And as such growing more than 4 plants is a felony. Any person without any prior record with only 4 plants would likely be charged with a misdemeanor. For this reason a lot of gardeners, even though perfectly legal according to local laws, will still only have four growing living plants. The federal laws do not really clarify the difference between seedlings, clones, vegetative plants and flowering plants, and so to be safe, these growers only have four plants, period. But a healthy high yielding garden can be successfully grown in such a fashion, having only one, two or three mother plants and one plant in full flower, kept in rotation and using techniques like monster-cropping.

        Also, of course I’m not a lawyer so make sure you investigate and verify all local and federal laws and be safe and legal.