Growing Cannabis in California

It’s been legal to grow Medical Cannabis in the state of California since the passing of Proposition 215 in 1996 and now the passing of Proposition 64 allows  Californians can legally grow up to 6 plants for recreational purposes – So many Californians are becoming more interested in Growing Cannabis.

Growing Cannabis outdoors is optimal during the summer months and Growing Cannabis indoor during the winter months is useful for many reasons, but mostly because you can control the grow environment. The broadening of cannabis laws has spurred on a massive cannabis industry that requires many rules and regulations before you can start Growing Cannabis commercially. Even if you grow at home for your own personal consumption you will need a budget to set up an indoor grow. There are a several components you will need first before you start Growing Cannabis – let’s review five important considerations below.
Location: We suggest you purchase an indoor tent that could accommodate 1 plant to 10 plants or more. Grow tents are a good enclosure to use for controlling your cannabis environment.
Growing Medium: There are many options available to growers from clay pellets ( LECA ), vermiculite, perlite, coir and even soil. A good growing medium is needed for strong cannabis roots and absorption of water. But you could also grow using the traditional method of using soil and compost.
Air-flow: Air-flow is a vital component of any grow operation. Fast growing cannabis likes a lot of clean air. Indoor growers need active or passive fans to circulate clean outside air through the cannabis leaves and expel out using more fans. You also have the option of using air-conditioning systems for larger grow operations.
Lighting: Indoor grow equipment is expensive and lights are probably going to be your biggest setup cost and usage of electricity will be on of your largest running costs. There are many options available to growers, from High-pressure sodium and metal-halide lights through to LED, energy efficient lights. LED grow lights have developed fast and can now compete with HPS lights when it comes to yield, LED grow lights also have the benefit of reducing your need for the electrical grid.
Electricity: Electricity is a huge factor when it comes to Growing Cannabis indoors or even outdoors. Every grower needs to budget for their electrical needs on a monthly basis if growing cannabis indoors. Some large commercial cultivators are using $100,000’s dollars each month to power up their fans, air-conditioning units and lighting systems. This not mentioning replacement costs of light bulbs and other growing equipment on an ongoing basis. Identifying your energy efficiency early on is a clever step in the right direction for Growing Cannabis. As with all legalization taking place throughout the United States, more and more growers are putting a strain on the power-grid and therefore have to take into account their own energy efficiency needs, throughout their business model.

We hope this helps! Growing Cannabis can be hard, but also rewarding! Researching the best energy efficient indoor growing equipment and procedures will  save you a lot of dollars, and also great for the environment.

Prop 64 and Medical Marijuana

San Diego Cannabis Farmers Market - Bankers Hill

San Diego Cannabis Farmers Market – Bankers Hill

The United States classifies marijuana is a Federal offence. In 1996, Dennis Peron spearheaded a disruption in statues that saw the legalizing of marijuana under specific circumstances in the largest state in the US. This law, known as California Proposition 215 made it legal for physicians to possess and transport marijuana for medical purposes.

Two decades later, Proposition 215 received some expansion in the form of Proposition 64 (AKA. Prop 64) while retaining most of the rights in proposition 215. The latest law became effective January 2017.

It’s important to educate yourself with the current position of the law relating to involvement with marijuana in California. Here is a checklist of what you need to know.

1. As mentioned earlier, patients and caregivers under Proposition 215 still retain their rights to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use. They however, must have a doctor’s prescription and the state’s medical marijuana card. The limit in the new proposition 64 doesn’t affect them so long as the marijuana is for personal medical use.

2. The new Proposition 64 makes it legal for anyone above 21 to obtain, posses, transport or transfer possession of not more than one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana.

3. Home cultivation of marijuana is now legal, with a limit of 6 plants per house. While you can grow them outdoors, to prevent ban based on public nuisance, it’s advisable to grow them indoors.

4. The government has began process to issue stores and other retailers license to sell marijuana to persons above 21 years. The license is slated to begin issuing in 2018. As a result of this, the only way to legally purchase marijuana in California is as a patient of a nonprofit Collective and with a doctor’s prescription.

Possession of marijuana through a means other than the above is a crime (a misdemeanor). Upon conviction, such person is liable to a fine of $500 or six months imprisonment, or both fine and imprisonment. This applies to those above 21 years. For persons above 18 but below 21, their fine is $100, while those below 18 are placed on counseling or community service.

5. I guess the preceding points appear as though anyone above 21 years can do whatsoever they like with marijuana, but that’s not true. Proposition 64 still has something you cannot do.

You are not allowed to smoke marijuana in public places like airport, bus terminus, stations, etc, nor are you also allowed to smoke marijuana in schools, youth centers or Ares designated as Non-Smoking areas.. That you can transport one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana does not simultaneously give you the right to transport it uncovered or in full glare of the public.

The right granted under Prop 64 does not cover you if your employer or apartment owner refuses to permit marijuana in their premises.

Proposition 64 has widened the provisions of Proposition 215, however, until 2018 when licenses will be issued to stores and retailers, only patients of nonprofit collective can legally purchase marijuana, and even then, they must have their doctor’s prescription.