During this stage, a small bud will appear between the plant’s main stock and its fledgling branches if the plant is female. Female plants also grow small white pistol hairs around the new buds. These hairs eventually turn orange or red.
Before removing the seeds, prepare a space for processing them. This can be accomplished by simply folding a dye-free paper towel and placing it on a plate. Once they’re ready to go, pour the seeds with their water onto the paper towel.
The seeds will arrive in a discreet package, so buyers don’t have to worry about security concerns or what their neighbors will think. Growing good marijuana requires a little expertise, though, so read up in advance while waiting for them to arrive.
Identifying Male and Female Plants
Don’t want to deal with sorting through plants and thinning an already small crop? The best solution is to buy feminized cannabis plants. Feminization is accomplished via a process known as Rodelization, which involves spraying the mother plant with a solution that makes the seeds resistant to growing into hermaphrodite plants.
Growers who purchase feminized seeds should still check their plants daily during the pre-flowering stage, but they shouldn’t find any male plants. Anyone who wants to produce his or her own seed stock will need to sacrifice at least one crop of marijuana by leaving male plants to remain in the growing area, allowing female plants to become pollinated and go to seed. Keep in mind that the new seeds won’t produce the exact same strain, though, and that it’s typically better for novice growers to stick with growing from reliable, purchased seed stocks.
A discussion of every strain of marijuana available in Vermont is well beyond the scope of this article and finding the right strain requires a little trial and error on the part of growers. There are a few things all novice growers should know, though.
Most growers germinate their seeds indoors, whether they plan to grow the plants inside or outside in a secured greenhouse. The germination process starts with submerging the seeds in distilled water. Make sure they’re completely covered, then leave them there for 14-18 hours.
Still, the momentum for recreational sales continues to gather pace in Vermont, and local state officials remain confident a bill to establish an adult market for marijuana sales will still advance in 2020, despite the ongoing global pandemic. Support for the bill has bicameral backing with both sides still working to agree on the final wording of the bill to advance to the governor.
With over 90 years of prohibition to follow, Vermont switched track and became one of the first U.S states to legalise the use of medical marijuana in 2004 following state legislature with the decriminalisation of cannabis to follow in 2013.
In 2018, Vermont became the first U.S state to legalise the use of marijuana through legislation as opposed to a ballot measure. The new legislation allows for the recreational consumption, possession and home cultivation of cannabis in the state.
Vermont Cannabis Law
However, despite their seemingly progressive approach to cannabis legality, the state has yet to move towards the booming commercialised market offered up by states like California and Nevada.
Despite Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders pledge to federally legalise cannabis should he have been successful in his quest to become the Democratic nominee for President in 2020 (he was not), Vermont continues to miss out on the potential financial windfall that legalised cannabis would inevitably bring to the state.
However, despite the passing of both possession and cultivation laws, legislation for the commercial sale and taxation of recreational marijuana remains frustratingly unavailable for the people of Vermont.
Let’s take a closer look at the cannabis laws in Vermont.