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Small Victories in a Gloomy Election

Many followers of this blog, and news about the legal status of Marijuana throughout the USA, had two small victories to celebrate in the recent election day results: Massachusetts and Maine both legalized both medicinal and recreational Cannabis use!

Hoorah! Finally a step in the right direction. Big tobacco and alcohol concerns have free run to sell their (highly questionable) wares. Let’s finally end prohibition on a natural and perhaps even beneficial – instead of health damaging – gift of nature.

Nonetheless, the legal processes could use a dose of hemp oil to get the wheels rolling. For example:

http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Maine-Communities-Putting-Brakes-on-Marijuana-Sales-408417985.html

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/12/13/with-legal-marijuana-massachusetts-state-enters-hazy-legal-gray-zone/jLjYVpIvgevl28jidQQWtO/story.html

I was rather surprised to see the legislation go through, knowing the conservative side of these states. And knowing this, I’m not surprised to see that towns and cities are unsure what to do. In many cases, this means sticking to your standard “suppliers” through this winter, and then waiting for good weather to get your grow on. For those who think they can’t grow on their own, well, read through this blog, and don’t forget to pick up our eBook – the reviews alone on iTunes/iBooks beat the big names in the “homegrowers” categories – those of you in Maine and Mass can get a start right away on supplying your own Marijuana. You’ll enjoy it with the good feeling that it hasn’t passed through shady channels on it’s way to you.

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UPDATE: Crossing Wild Cannabis Ruderalis with Commercial Seeds

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In the last post, I put up some pictures of a Wild Cannabis ruderalis crossed with the commercial strain “Double Gum”. In this short post, I just want to update the progress with a couple of pictures to show you this beautiful plant’s progress:

Here is a long shot of the plant:

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And here’s a bud close-up:

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As you can see, the more Sativa-like qualities (thin leaves, long buds) are shining through, and the plant is a nice producer so far! Very happy with the results 🙂

 

Sept 7th, 2016 – FURTHER UPDATE:

Approaching harvest time. The buds are fattening up fairly well, considering the sativa-like tendencies of this cross. Here are a couple more shots for your viewing pleasure! best, GP

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Crossing Wild Cannabis Ruderalis with Commercial Seeds

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In our post about “Foraging for Wild Cannabis“, I showed some pictures of wild C. ruderalis plants I had found, and was lucky enough to find at the right time to gather a few seeds.

These smaller, harder wild seeds seemed adapted to the local climate, and made me wonder if the auto-flowering properties of this wild plant could be crossed with a more “bud-productive” commercial strain (I chose a personal favorite, “Double Gum”) to produce an early flowering plant suited to outdoor growing in northern climates that would produce significant buds. The ruderalis strain produced flowers, but they remained small and leafy, even in a controlled grow. They do have a wonderful orange/pepper aroma that I’d love to experience in a larger bud.

Foraged C. Ruderalis seeds.

Foraged C. Ruderalis seeds.

This strain of ruderalis seems to begin flowering around midsummer night (June 21st) rather than the autumnal equinox (Sept 21st), leaving the plant plenty of time to flower and spread seeds before frost can interrupt the life cycle. How I love this adaptable, wily little plant! Probably the escaped ancestor of hemp cultivation before prohibition of marijuana, life finds a way, and these fine-leaved, short plants pop up along roadsides, gravelly riverbeds, and vacant lots in parts of northern Europe.

I’m happy to report that pollinating a female Double Gum plant with flowers from a male C. ruderalis produced viable seeds that grew vigorously. (That’s the title photo above). Even more interesting is that the plant has grown far larger than any of the wild strain, yet has retained the slim leaves and lovely peppery-orange aroma of the father ruderalis. I’ll post updates as the buds develop – let’s see if mother Double Gum’s beautiful buds gene expresses itself over the next 6 weeks or so.

Here’s another peek at the plant – if you click for a full-sized view, you can see the fine clusters of white pistils that have developed in the last couple of weeks.

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best regards

Glenn Panik

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Paperback Book Now Available!

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We’ve been receiving a lot of requests for a print version of our “How To Grow Cannabis At Home” ebook, so we’ve now made a paperback B&W version of it available on Lulu.com (click here).

Thanks for all your emails and I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog!

Best Holiday Wishes for the 2014 Season,

Glenn Panik

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Finding Wild Marijuana – Foraging for Cannabis Ruderalis

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Although uncommon in the modern western world, it is not all that unusual to find the cannabis plant thriving in some untended corner of a lot, along country roadsides, or reaching for the sun in competition with other wild plants on a mountainside. Hunting for wild marijuana (as well as a multitude of other useful wild herbs) is a favorite pastime of mine. Autumn is prime time Read More…

Marijuana “Tolerance” Laws On The Move – Are The Feds Taking A More Relaxed Stance?

Pot plants in the backyard of a Northern California home. It is not clear how much the federal government's policy shift will affect marijuana operations in the state. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times / May 15, 2012)

Pot plants in the backyard of a Northern California home. It is not clear how much the federal government’s policy shift will affect marijuana operations in the state. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times / May 15, 2012)

Could it be that the relaxing effects of marijuana are drifting about the continent, and finally permeating the thick walls (and heads) in Washinton? We still have a long way to go, but it looks like the Feds may be poised to accept that a consenting adult can consume cannabis if they see fit. Kudos! Read the LA Times article here.

If you would like to read the exact wording from the Deputy Attorney General James Cole, then you can download a PDF of the memo here – DAGMemo8-29-13

Wild Ruderalis Marijuana Plants Grown Indoors – Cannabis Ruderalis

Wild Cannabis Ruderalis Plant Grown Indoors

Wild Cannabis Ruderalis Plant Grown Indoors

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Last fall, we collected seeds from wild C. Ruderalis marijuana plants growing along roadsides and in fallow land (see the post here). We planted them early last month, Read More…