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Civil Disobedience: Growing Cannabis at Home in States Where its Illegal

In the marijuana culture and industry, we sometimes run into dispensaries growing and producing thousands and thousands of pounds of cannabis and selling it themselves or to retailers. But a lot of people don’t understand how to use it.

Civil Disobedience: Growing Cannabis at Home in States Where its Illegal

Maybe they don’t feel comfortable. I recently had a client who is a practitioner in her town. She cannot be seen inside of a dispensary because she doesn’t want to interact with her clients. She doesn’t want to share the private information that she may use cannabis. She’s a perfect candidate for privately growing her own cannabis in her home where she also knows the source of that medicine.

A lot of people are wary of where the cannabis comes from, what’s in the cannabis, who’s producing it, and why they’re producing it. Are they just producing it to make money, or are they really trying to bring health to communities? When you do it yourself on a very small scale you understand what goes into that plant and what it does for you. The plant itself provides medicinal information that you don’t get when you go into the dispensary.

Cannabis is a very powerful plant. If you’re growing so much that you’re stoned all the time, then you’re starting to see where the closed medicinal loop of gardening your own cannabis is getting out of whack. The plant itself can bring you back online. Make sure that you’re only taking what you need, because the plant needs to grow and thrive as well.

We now have approximately 20 states where citizens can grow their own cannabis. We also have states where you can’t grow at all. We have medicinal states, and also states that have medical marijuana where you’re not allowed to grow (which I think is very tragic.) We must make sure that we’re following laws and being respectful to that. But I’m also bringing my personal philosophy to this field and framing it from an objective point of view.

One of those things is objective reality. What is the truth of this plant? I think one of the main truths that is very hard for legislatures and people who only understand the stereotypes of cannabis to understand is that cannabis is a benign plant. This plant is not going to kill anyone. There has never been a fatality from ingesting this plant.

Can we become addicted to this plant? Yes. Can it harm our relationships if we’re using cannabis continually and our loved ones are not? Absolutely. But it is nowhere near as dangerous as alcohol.

I think one of the main truths that is very hard for legislatures and people who only understand the stereotypes of cannabis to understand is that cannabis is a benign plant

The reason why I underscore this point is because I believe in civil disobedience. Just like laws such as miscegenation, the right for people in different races to marry each other, those laws were broken when it was illegal for people to get marries who were of different races. People break laws as a form of civil disobedience because they know that they were not harming anyone. This can lead to those laws being overturned. Starting your own cannabis garden may be illegal in your state. You must decide for yourself, Am I doing this for civil disobedience? Or, am I doing this because I’m a druggie and I just want to get high? There are different frames for that.

A lot of parents have discovered that cannabis helps their children with illnesses like epilepsy. With pain from cancer treatment and terminal diseases. With diseases such as Huntington’s, which is currently incurable in children. Where many drugs for these diseases are not helping as much as they could, cannabis can provide a safer alternative. We have parents who are breaking the law to grow cannabis so that they can help their children have quality of life before they die. It’s important to me. It’s a powerful the relationship that one can have to this plant.

So, let me get into how you get started. For example and because I’m in Massachusetts, it’s completely legal for adults over 21 to grow. I can tell you how to get started. If you live in a place where it’s illegal, then you can decide for yourself to what extent you’re willing to risk being civilly disobedient.

A cannabis seed is a beautiful little sculpture with all this amazing potential to either help someone who is sick or get someone stoned and upset the police and break the law. Or, just sit there as a souvenir.

Starting with the seed

The first way you start is getting a seed. I love the seed purchasing aspect of cannabis, because so many people don’t know where to get it. They don’t know how they’re possibly going to get plants. You can go online and type in “marijuana seeds for sale” and hundreds of websites pop up that provide seeds. A seed has no THC in it. A seed is not cannabis, yet. They will be mailed to your home. You’re not technically breaking the law, yet. No THC has been created or consumed. No plant has been grown yet.

What the websites say, and I love this, is that these seeds are for “souvenir purposes only.” We’re not saying that you should grow this seed, because if you do you’ll be creating THC and you’ll be breaking the law. Then the website will go on to tell you that if you do grow it, it’s going to produce this much cannabis with this percentage of THC or CBD. It will have these aromas and this effect on your body, but it’s a souvenir.

I love loopholes like that.

A cannabis seed is a beautiful little sculpture with all this amazing potential to either help someone who is sick or get someone stoned and upset the police and break the law. Or, just sit there as a souvenir.

Civil Disobedience: Growing Cannabis at Home in States Where its IllegalThat’s what I did when I first started. I just bought some seeds online. You can start a seed the same way you start any kind of seed. What I like to do is get a wet paper towel. I place the seed on the wet paper towel, I fold the paper towel over and put it into an unsealed gallon-size plastic bag. I put that bag on a warm surface. Something that’s a little bit cozy and warm. Every day, you can hold that plastic bag up to the light, and without opening it or disturbing it, you can see when the seed has sprouted. Now, those few days that you’re growing it give you plenty of time to research online what kind of equipment you need. Basically, that little seedling needs a greenhouse environment for the first several weeks of its life. It needs to feel cozy and warm and humid.

The main problem that I see when I’m helping people grow is that they don’t know how much light to put over their plant. Here’s a very simple rule of thumb: 30-40 watts per square foot.

If you have a square foot of plant, looking down on it, you want to make sure that you have at least 30-40 watts of light feeding that plant. I won’t get into the complexities of how to go into harvest, but that will get you started on creating a medicinal closed loop in your own home. You create the plant, you grow it, you harvest it, and then you can avoid dispensaries and wondering where your weed is coming from, instead developing a more holistic relationship with your plant.

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