A bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, at the end of November would prohibit homegrown marijuana.
There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation going around, so here’s a handy list of basics on cultivating your own recreational cannabis.
2. You won’t be able to grow legally if Arlan Meekhof gets his way
Also, you cannot operate vehicles, aircrafts, snowmobiles, off-road recreational vehicles or motorboats while “under the influence” of marijuana, but what “under the influence” is exactly is still an unknown.
Recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan right now, but there won’t be a legal way to buy it until 2020 or so.
Most gardening or grow stores will have all the supplies you need to grow cannabis, except the cannabis itself. You’ll need a grow tent or locked room. How much space you’ll need depends on how many plants you have.You can grow one or two plants in a 5-gallon bucket in a 4-foot-by-4-foot area, Dupree said. The full 12 plants allowed by the law would need at least 10 feet by 10 feet.
Yields are also highly respectable, being between 550 and 650 grams per plant. This makes White Widow a superb choice for commercial growers looking to maximize their crop, although home growers also enjoy being able to harvest an ample quantity of weed from just a few plants.
Additionally, the law also requires that the bulk of your supply of the good stuff (specifically anything over 2.5 ounces) is kept in a secure container. Reasonable enough, right?
A popular option for both home and commercial growers all over the world, OG Kush was first cultivated in Florida way back in the 1990s when a team of weed breeders crossed a Californian strain with a Kush plant they had imported from Amsterdam.
1. White Widow
That’s not to say that OG Kush is an unrefined choice, as it is known for its fragrant, sweet-tasting and sticky buds. It offers a mellow, mildly euphoric high, although as a strong strain with a THC content of around 20% it is perhaps best enjoyed in moderation.
Instead, pick a strain which will grow happily indoors, and will respond well to growing techniques such as SOG (Sea of Green) and SCROG (Screen of Green).
Northern Lights plants produce sublime, sticky buds which smell and taste just like weed should, delivering a potent, finely balanced high which is both relaxing and sweetly euphoric. This is reflected in the fact that Northern Lights has been awarded first prize at the High Times Cannabis cup three times.
A decade later, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act passed by 56% of the vote, allowing Michigan-based cannabis enthusiasts to enjoy their weed without fear of legal repercussions. Or should that be repercussions? (No, definitely not, sorry!)
Now you may be asking—if that’s the case, how does Michigan get access to top quality genetics from other states? Well, there is a backdoor way to do it, at least for now. Unlike MMFLA and MRTMA licensees, caregivers and adults over the age of 21 are not subject to the same intense regulatory requirements and inspections that MRA licensed businesses are. Essentially, caregivers and adults over the age of 21 still operate in the wild west and can get away with things that MMFLA licensees simply cannot. They can therefore serve as the conduit for out of state genetics. To illustrate, a caregiver/adult over 21 may purchase out of state genetics (which is still illegal by the way), and then sell those genetics to a MMFLA licensed grower.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully become an MRA approved State of Michigan licensed Marijuana Grower! Now what? The first obstacle many state licensed Growers face is where to obtain plants, seeds, seedlings, or tissue cultures. If you are a caregiver or you hire a full-time employee that’s a caregiver, you can transfer the caregiver product to the facility when the caregiver license is surrendered. This can give your facility a “running start” such that not all of your plants have to be started from scratch.
While this solution isn’t great—it is at best a legal grey area, and at worst simply illegal—it is the only workable solution for out of state genetics to come into Michigan’s regulated cannabis market. Unfortunately for Michigan cannabis cultivators, MRA seems to be one (or perhaps several) steps behind in identifying and addressing problems in Michigan’s regulatory scheme.
Pursuant to the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (“MMFLA”), the only permanently approved source for plants and seeds is from other licensed Growers, and the sale must be completed through a licensed Secure Transporter. MMFLA licensed growers may be tempted to purchase from larger online retailers, but marijuana seeds are considered cannabis products just like flower, edibles, and concentrates. Cannabis product may not legally cross state lines so long as marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, meaning a licensed grower cannot legally purchase seeds online for their MMFLA facility. Growers licensed and operating in Michigan are limited in product selection and may only purchase, produce, and sell seeds within the state. If a Grower holds a valid medical marijuana card, he or she may purchase seeds from a licensed dispensary, but widespread commercially available seeds is a distant reality until overseas and US based seed banks can ship nationwide, which won’t happen any time soon.
However, if you are a 1500 plant facility, and only have two caregivers with 144 total plants, you are still going to need to access more genetics for your grow. There are a couple of avenues for a commercial grower to obtain seeds in Michigan. One way is from someone already legally growing marijuana, including other licensed Growers and Caregivers. Although licensed Growers may currently accept any product directly from a registered Caregiver or another Grower without use of a Secure Transporter. Another way, pursuant to the MTRMA, is acquiring seeds or seedlings from any adult over the age of 21.
Now let’s assume you are able to get a hold of good genetics for your MMFLA cultivation facility from a caregiver or another MMFLA licensee. How do you ensure you still have access to genetics without having to continue to purchase them from other Michigan licensees? You will need to carefully cultivate and breed the plants to ensure a constant supply of new seeds or utilize cuttings from your existing plans. Otherwise, as a professional cultivator, you will need to continue to purchase seeds from another Michigan licensed grower or caregiver.
Once a Grower obtains a stable strain that expresses consistent traits, that licensed Grower may start selling those seeds to other licensed Growers that are beginning a commercial grow. A start-up Grower may spend years crossing and breeding plants, but the best of these strains will be highly sought out by other commercial growers. This means a licensed grower could experiment with genetics, cross-breeding, and produce his or her own unique strains and results for resale to other growers, as opposed to producing merely for flower production. This is a business model we have yet to see get much traction among licensed MMFLA or MRTMA businesses, but we expect this to change soon, especially if the “caregiver backdoor” is shut down. Until then, licensed growers will be forced to purchase from other licensed facilities as well as caregivers who were able to obtain desired genetics, even if the source of those genetics was not entirely legal.