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growing marijuana for personal use

Growing marijuana for personal use

“It’s not rocket science,” she said, but it does involve some knowhow.

“There’s an empowerment that comes from being able to do it yourself,” said Nichole Graf, who left New York City with her partner in 2013 to start a marijuana farm in Washington state. Growing, she said, would also be useful if the administration went after the industry and pushed the drug back to the illegal market. With her business partners, she co-authored Grow Your Own: Understanding, cultivating and enjoying cannabis, a nicely illustrated and eco-minded introduction.

That’s probably a few years off though.

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For now, one place which has accepted home grow is Vermont. Of the nine US states which have fully legalized, Vermont is the only one not to allow a commercial industry. Instead, the state will allow possession and home growing, up to six plants, including two flowered females.

Conversations about variation in soil substitutes, light spectra and humidity are frequent and achieve Warholian feats of boredom. They’re also potentially very important. As a high-value crop, cannabis may attract investment into lighting, water management and other agricultural technologies that might go ignored when the crop is $2 heads of lettuce. These new technologies are environmentally friendly and potentially earth-shattering politically, since they could transfer agriculture to cities.

Allowing it, police say, enables criminals to hide in plain sight. For law-abiding growers it could invite burglaries, since their stash is worth $1,000 a pound and easy to resell. Firefighters worry about the blazing hot lightbulbs growers use and their elaborate electrical set-ups.

In response, the Canadian Real Estate Association hit the panic button and called for a nationwide moratorium on home growing until it can be better studied. The group says home grows could deplete property values, and also raise rents, especially for low-income tenants. Supporters of the law say four plant grows pose minimal risk.

The leaf that Luxembourg will allow at home

“We thought we had to act,” she said. “We have an issue with drugs, and cannabis is the drug that is most used and is a large part of the illegal market.

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The decision by the small but financially powerful European country to legalize the production and consumption of the drug is a milestone on the continent where even the Netherlands — which paradoxically allows cannabis sales and consumption in authorized ‘coffee houses’ but bars its possession and sale.

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg joins only two other countries in the world — Uruguay and Canada — and 11 states in the U.S. that have legalized the cultivation and distribution of cannabis.

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The official announcement was made on Friday by the Minister of Justice, Sam Tanson, during a press conference on reducing drug-related crime.