Now, the government's online cannabis retail website is offering seeds for those looking to try their hand at homegrown horticulture.
As of Jan. 3, it appears that the cheaper variety has already sold out.
Government's retail website offers single brand of seeds for sale
"It's a limited market for licensed producers, due to the fact that it's really like a niche market," Goodings said.
The website is offering two varieties of seeds — both from Ontario-based producer Tweed.
Meanwhile, AGLC confirms in a text message it plans to eventually sell live plants. The agency's Heather Holmen says one of the greatest challenges is to create the specific growing conditions required for cannabis plants to thrive.
A: Most nutrient products in hydroponic stores come with very easy-to-understand directions and a “recipe” and schedule on the side of the package that you can follow. You should also water the plants every two to three days with tap water that has sat in a container for 24 hours to let the chlorine evaporate.
Answer: A big thing to remember with marijuana plants is that they need to flower to produce THC ( tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that gets people high) and other medicinal cannabinoids. In order to do that, they need 12 hours of light and 12 hours of total darkness a day.
A: Start with clones that are 4 to 5 inches tall, and give them 24-hour light until they reach 9 to 15 inches. If you keep temperatures below 80 degrees, this takes four to five weeks — less if you’re growing hydroponically.
A: Most grow boxes are $200 to $400, but if you want one with HVAC temperature-control capabilities, it’s pretty pricey — close to $1,000. You can find grow boxes at most local hydroponic stores or grow shops.
Then you want to throw the plants into the flower cycle (12 hours of light followed by 12 hours of dark). During the second to third week of flowering, prune the bottom third of the plant so it puts its growth energy into the top once buds form.
Q: How much does all this stuff cost?
You also have to watch humidity, because every time you water plants in a small space, you’re going to get high humidity. It should be below 50 percent to prevent bud mold or rot.