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Keeping Your Grow Secure – By Tony, Dutch Passion

Over the last decade or two there has been a massive expansion in the number of self-sufficient cannabis growers.  Ironically the failed prohibition of cannabis has been largely responsible for this.

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Over the last decade or two there has been a massive expansion in the number of self-sufficient cannabis growers.  Ironically the failed prohibition of cannabis has been largely responsible for this.

For many people the best way to get the best quality pot for the lowest price and ensure a continuous supply of it is to grow it yourself.  For the average cannabis lover it is possible to grow your annual stash needs with just 1 or 2 indoor grows a year.  Outdoor growers can produce a years supply from a few well grown plants.  Those lucky enough to have a greenhouse and the privacy to grow can also easily produce their own stash in large amounts.  Once you have grown your own weed, and realised how easy it is, you never really look back.

It’s called weed for a good reason, anyone really can grow it, which raises just one crucial question.  How do you keep your indoor/outdoor grow secure and ensure the crop reaches harvest safely?

Indoor grow-room security

Indoor growers enjoy some significant benefits which can be used to great advantage.  The growing environment can be carefully controlled, pests are rarely a big problem and you can plant your seeds at any time of the year.

From a security perspective the carbon filter is perhaps the most important ally in your indoor grow room.  A good carbon filter will last a year or two and is essential to remove the tell-tale cannabis odours from the air extracted from your indoor grow room.

Even in places where it is fully legal to grow cannabis the extracted air should be cleaned to avoid unwanted attention from thieves.  The experienced home grower will replace the carbon filter at regular intervals and may keep a spare one just in case.  It’s important to keep checking the extracted grow room air to make sure your filter is doing it’s job.

Assumption is the mother of disasters.  And some people will supplement a carbon filter with Ozone for a really professional air-scrubbing. Ozone devices are available online or from many growshops, the Ozone they produce reacts quickly with smell-producing molecules to oxidise them and neutralise odour.  But for many home growers with a small 1.2m x 1.2m tent, an ozone device is not considered essential.

Indoor self-sufficient growers tend to be way too paranoid about police helicopters.  Yes, a helicopter with a thermal camera may be able to spot a commercial grow due to the heat signature of two dozen 600W lights.  But they will not be able to spot your indoor tent with a single 400W HPS,  a domestic household radiator has heat signature several times stronger.

If you have a garden one easy way to get rid of the old trim, leaves, roots and stem is simply to bury it in the garden.  Normal biological processes break down the plant material quickly rendering it unrecognisable.  Don’t make the mistake of burning it unless you want an attack of paranoia when the ganja fumes waft over the neighbouring properties.  A friend in Paris had a freezer full of good quality trim which he was saving to make medical oil with, but fearing a neighbour had grassed him up, he made a hasty back-garden pot bonfire to dispose of the evidence.  Within a couple of minutes everyone in the neighbourhood was enjoying the fruity hash-scented bouquet of Mazar.

For those growing in apartments it can be more difficult to get rid of waste.  Some people simply chop it up into fist sized balls and flush it down the toilet.   Of course many connoisseur home growers will keep the old leaf and trim material to make ice hash or oil.

Plant waste can easily be flushed down a toilet or simply buried under soil for bio breakdown.  If waste plant material contains solvent (from oil extraction) then the material should be left to dry before burying.  The responsible home grower doesn’t want to be introducing organic solvents into the earth.

Disposing of old unwanted cannabis plant material in the household waste bin is not advised due to the smell and risk to security.

Those growing indoors should try to keep on good terms with neighbours and avoid drawing too much of the wrong kind of attention.  If you treat your neighbours like second-class citizens and subject them to lashings of late night music then don’t be too surprised if you eventually get a knock on the door by the local community police officer.  Just hope that your carbon filter is working well when you open the door.

Cannabis prohibition is in it’s last years.  For those still stuck with dinosaur politicians that are dragging their feet behind public opinion it is important to be careful.  Try to avoid being one of those pointless Government drug statistics if you can.

Many Police Officers, Judges and Magistrates still believe the concept of medical marijuana is a lie and honestly believe the best solution to the issue is to give you a criminal record, which is more damaging than the cannabis itself. These people have been stripped of their vindictive powers in places like Colorado, Washington and Uruguay.  The prohibitionists may be seeing the sun starting to set on their delusional world, but the rest of us still need to be wary of them.

Outdoor grow security

The outdoor grower has perhaps fewer worries than an indoor grower.  There are no concerns  about busts or indoor fires, however unlikely they are for the organised indoor grower.  The main three areas of concern for the outdoor grower are preparing the seedlings at home ready to plant, driving your harvested crop home and drying it.

Outdoor growers often germinate their seeds at home and grow the seedlings for 2-3 weeks before planting out.  This allows the seedlings the protection they need during the first few vulnerable weeks.  The seedlings are then taken to the outdoor plot which will have been prepared with knee-high chicken-wire plant tubes to protect the plants from rabbits.  Often the outdoor plant will have a slug-proof copper ‘collar’ around the base.  Most outdoor growers invest a lot of their time to find safe growing plots and maintain them.  Often this involves plenty of hard digging, sweat and graft.   A good outdoor grow plot is worth protecting, don’t risk compromising it by leaving spades and other garden equipment there.  Likewise never leave waste such as empty slug pellet or nutrient containers there, it just attracts attention.  When you have harvested your outdoor crop it only takes a few minutes to dig a hole and bury the waste leaves and plant material left over from the harvest.

Trail cameras are used by some outdoor growers to see if anyone else is visiting their plot.  These are disguised outdoor cameras that are motion-triggered and store photo’s/video inside on a card for you to review.  For most outdoor growers these are an expensive amount of overkill.  But for some outdoor growers they have been useful to give them an idea of the privacy at their plot.  Just make sure that the camera doesn’t store images of you on it’s internal memory card or the technology could backfire in spectacular fashion.

Outdoor growers are usually keen to avoid over-visiting an outdoor crop.  No-one wants to leave a clear path through the undergrowth to their guerrilla grow.  So vary your approach to the plot so that you don’t inadvertently create a clear track direct to the stash.

Some growers design ‘crawl’ holes through nearby bushes in order to create a stealthy entrance to their secret plants – highly recommended.  Some outdoor growers deliberately target thick plantations of wild bracken and hack out the centre of the bush to grow their ganja.  This offers great protection from people and grazing wild animals such as deer.  Plots such as these often provide years of faithful service, even more reason to make sure they are not compromised by litter, obvious entrance points or other poor practices

And many guerrilla growers often take advantage of darkness when visiting their crop.  It may sound like a lot of precautions.  But many outdoor growers use their crop as medicinal marijuana, so a compromised crop means they lose all their medicine and have to buy it off the streets instead.

For many outdoor growers the most nervous part of the outdoor adventure is the trip home with the freshly cropped harvest. It’s an adrenaline fuelled ride. The plan is simple enough, get the crop harvested and bagged up as well as the situation allows.  And then get the stash home safely to dry.  Normally this is a straightforward job with a few simple precautions.

But who wants to get caught on a routine traffic stop with a sports bag full of aromatic Frisian Dew stinking the car out?  Driving weed back home is important enough to plan carefully.  Ensure the car has all the brakes lights and side lights working,  You don’t want to invite a routine stop from a bored junior traffic cop trying to meet his quota of stops.

Stick to the speed limit on the nervous drive back home with your outdoor harvest, you don’t want to offer the slightest excuse for a routine traffic stop.  Maybe do a dry-run the day before to see if the police are staking out a particular road with e.g. hand-held radar cameras.

Fore-warned is fore-armed.  When you do get home make sure you have somewhere to dry the crop without stinking out your house.  Perhaps a mini grow-tent designed for seedlings could be adapted to dry your weed but you would need a carbon filter and an extraction fan to do the job correctly.   Leaving it to dry in a spare room without odour control is asking for trouble.

Those lucky enough to do their outdoor growing on their own land/greenhouse have far less to worry about.  The main issue is simply ensuring that you protect your plants from prying eyes.

Personal security

Many growers have switched to vaporisers as a more economical and stealthier way to enjoy their pot.  Those growing their own weed at home are often usually keen to keep their grow room a secret and sometimes prefer to vape than smoke.  Joints fill a room with pungent smoke, even a spliff in the garden can be smelt by a nosy neighbour.  A vape produces hardly any smell and no smoke, if you want to really reduce your canna profile then switching to a vape is an increasingly popular way to do it.  Not only is it a discreet and healthier way to enjoy your stash, but a good vaporiser will allow your weed to last 2-3 times longer than it would if you were smoking it.

The self-sufficient cannabis grower is naturally below police radar so long as they maintain the normal common sense rules.  Don’t tell other people about your grow, don’t sell weed and ensure that you use proper odour control for indoor grows.  Just following these 3 basic rules will ensure your security most of the time.

The small-scale domestic cannabis home-grower has very little to worry about so long as they take a few simple precautions. Be sensible with your grow security and you will be happily harvesting your own stash for many years to come.

Written and Published By Tony, Dutch Passion Seed Company, Amsterdam, in Weed World Magazine issue 112

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Jamaica faces marijuana shortage dubbing it a ‘cultural embarrassment’

HEAVY rain and drought have contributed to Jamaica’s “worst ever” marijuana shortage – with locals calling it a “national embarrassment”.

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HEAVY rain and drought have contributed to Jamaica’s “worst ever” marijuana shortage – with locals calling it a “national embarrassment”.

Activists say they believe the Covid-19 pandemic and a loosening of Jamaica’s marijuana laws has led to a huge increase in local consumption. A brokerage firm for the island nation’s small but growing legal cannabis industry says a rise in usage during lockdown has led to supplies running low. The 2020 hurricane season and a devastating drought also caused tens of thousands of pounds in losses, according to farmers who cultivate cannabis outside the legal system – where a majority of people still buy the drug for cheap on the street. Chief opportunity explorer at Tacaya, Triston Thompson, also said Covid rules have also stopped farmers tending crops after they were ravaged by a bad season last year.

“Last year was the worst year. We’ve never had this amount of loss,” Thompson said.

“It’s something so laughable that cannabis is short in Jamaica. It’s a cultural embarrassment.”

In Jamaica the drug has been decriminalised in small amounts – vut much of the market remains illegal.

The governments Cannabis Licensing Authority – which has authorised 29 cultivators and issued 73 licenses – said there is no shortage of marijuana in the regulated industry. But farmers and activists say weed sold via legal “herb houses” is out of reach for many – because it costs five to 10 times more than pot on the street. This comes on top of a sharp decline in ganja-seeking tourists heading to the island in search of the drug.

Paul Burke, CEO of Jamaica’s Ganja Growers and Producers Association, said users are now not afraid of being prosecuted now the government allows possession of small amounts. He said the stigma associated with cannabis has diminished, with more people using the drug during the Covid-19 pandemic for its alleged therapeutic and medicinal benefits.mBurke also said that some traditional small farmers have stopped growing as they can’t afford to meet requirements for the legal market. Meanwhile, police are continuing to waste and destroy what Burke described as “good” ganja fields that are not included in the legal market.

This comes on top of a sharp decline in ganja-seeking tourists heading to the island in search of the drug.

Paul Burke, CEO of Jamaica’s Ganja Growers and Producers Association, said users are now not afraid of being prosecuted now the government allows possession of small amounts.

He said the stigma associated with cannabis has diminished, with more people using the drug during the Covid-19 pandemic for its alleged therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

Burke also said that some traditional small farmers have stopped growing as they can’t afford to meet requirements for the legal market.

Meanwhile, police are continuing to waste and destroy what Burke described as “good” ganja fields that are not included in the legal market.

Jamaica, which foreigners have long associated with pot, reggae and Rastafarians, authorized a regulated medical marijuana industry and decriminalised small amounts of the drug in 2015.

People caught with 2 ounces (56 grams) or less of cannabis are liabel to pay a small fine and face no arrest or criminal record.

The island also allows individuals to cultivate up to five plants, and Rastafarians are legally allowed to smoke cannabis for sacramental purposes.

Source: The Sun

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Brexit blow to the cannabis seed industry

There have been several reports from within the UK cannabis community over the last few weeks that seed packages from European distributors and seed banks are arriving with their contents, phone number, and email address clearly visible on the outside of the package.

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The start of this year brought with it a continuation of the on-going global Covid-19 pandemic and a whole heap of new Brexit regulations and rules for the UK to try and understand.

There have been several reports from within the UK cannabis community over the last few weeks that seed packages from European distributors and seed banks are arriving with their contents, phone number, and email address clearly visible on the outside of the package.

The reason for the change is all to do with how Brexit is affecting importation rules. As the UK has now left the European Union market – the single largest trading block in the world. We no longer benefit from the free movement of goods within the EU. Consequently, goods imported to the UK now have to follow additional regulations including packaging, customs, and importation rules that mean that the contents must clearly be labeled on the invoice attached to the package.

A few wholesalers are reporting having packages seized at the border with one being told that “if you want your box you’ll have to go to court”. This has meant that several of the big seed banks have now announced that they will be stopping deliveries to the UK until the issue is resolved.

During my investigation for this blog, I was made aware of another potentially huge negative consequence of Brexit on the UK cannabis industry. Namely, changes to the rules that govern importing cannabis and hemp seeds.

The cannabis seed industry has been able to function in the UK for decades as seeds have been designated as ‘souvenirs’ and ‘collectibles’. It is the act of germination and cultivating the seed that breaks the law. This has given the cannabis seed industry a nice gray-area to operate and grow into a rather robust and profitable industry.

As the rules stand today, all plants or plant products (including seeds) that cross an international border must be accompanied by a valid Phytosanitary certificate. This is to ensure that they have been inspected and contain no pests or diseases. This inspection and sign off must be complete in the origin country within 14 days of importation.

It is not yet fully clear if these regulations will include cannabis seeds. I can however tell you that from the correspondences that I have seen from various companies to the Animal and Plant Health Authority (APHA) and other agencies – they do not have a clue what is going on.

Although there are many UK-based seed banks, they typically get their bulk wholesale seeds from European breeders and distributors in countries like Spain and Switzerland. This means that there may very well be seed shortages here in the UK this year.

Post-Brexit the UK has to decide how to regulate the commercial sale of cannabis seeds. It is clear from conversations that I have had with some seed companies that these regulations have not been considered by the British government when agreeing to the 11th-hour deal. This gives us the golden opportunity to design a framework that protects an industry that so many jobs are dependent on.

Freedom Seeds, a Portsmouth-based seed bank issued a public statement a few days ago stating that would have to cease giving away free seeds with orders. This is due to having a shipment of wholesale seeds seized by UK customs.

A UK seed company that I spoke to has been getting around this by getting their seeds imported with other goods that are the only thing declared on the invoice – which is possibly Illegal and highly unsustainable for a legitimate company.

Another method for procuring seeds post-Brexit could be to fly over to Europe and bring them back personally, however, this could incur additional taxes or import fees and still require a Phytosanitary certificate.

All this comes on the back of a multi-million Euro raid on POT SISTEMAK SL group, the organization that produces seeds for La Mota, Dinafem, and Humboldt seeds were hit by Operation Inxer-Toro. The Spanish Medicines Agency (AEDM) ordered the Guardia civil and the tax authority to conduct an operation to stop the company’s activities in the region – culminating in the raids last September.

We are not criminals. We buy seeds and we sell them. We have been doing this for 21 years. We are one of the most important seed banks in Spain and Europe and we distribute more than a hundred brands. We are obliged to be audited because we have a turnover of more than ten million euros and they have never taken anything out, we pay our taxes every year, we go to international fairs around the world whole to exhibit our seeds for 17 years… All we ask is justice” – One of the arrest managers at POT SISTEMAK SL Group

11 cannabis grow facilities are reported to of been dismantled as part of the operation. Along with the seizure of an estimated 20 million cannabis seeds that have an estimated value of 100 million Euros.

The combination of this raid and Brexit could prove to be fatal to some seed banks and breeders around the world that have relied on the up until now relaxed attitude of Spanish authorities to produce the seeds of many of the cultivars that have now become everyday household names.

Regardless of your politics, this new post-Brexit era that we find ourselves in is going to take quite some time to adjust to. So stock up on your favourite strain and start making friends with people that supply cuttings!

Written by Simpa for TheSimpaLife.com

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No more seeds to sow? By Psy-23

Over the past few decades, Dinafem and Humboldt Seeds have become widely applauded for their tireless efforts to bring a multitude of seeds to the masses.

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Over the past few decades, Dinafem and Humboldt Seeds have become widely applauded for their tireless efforts to bring a multitude of seeds to the masses.

Countless strains have ushered forth from their hallowed halls over the years, winning them fans the world over for their trusted genetics and consistent results.

Frequently praised for their outstanding feminized and autoflowering seeds, these seedbanks have become synonymous with high quality seeds at fair prices and this has led to them being recognized as some of the best in the game.Incredibly, everything came to an unexpected and catastrophic dead-end in mid-September and there’s still no sign of a solution almost two months

Weed World were contacted just after our last issue went to print by representatives of Pot Sistemak S.L., a global company who specialize in the sale and distribution of seeds, grains and other agriculture related products, who are the parent company of Dinafem, Humboldt and various other companies. In the press release they issued, they outlined that as of September 16th of 2020 they have found themselves under judicial investigation by the Spanish authorities. At the time of writing, the exact details of the investigation are still relatively opaque but the main focus seems to be the prevention of any future sale of cannabis seeds to any retailers and providers. While the investigation is ongoing all of the company’s finances have been frozen.

The impact of this on the community obviously has the potential to be huge as there will be no avenue for stores and retailers to resupply once their stocks are diminished. Furthermore, almost all of the nearly 100-strong team have been temporarily suspended from their roles at Pot Sistemak S.L. at a time when the global economy and jobs market is taking a huge hit from the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they have also been forced to suspend all laboratory testing and research into cannabis, including their work with the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) where they were working with esteemed colleagues across multiple specialist fields. This means a significant delay for future progress in their various research fields, which is a bitter pill to swallow for all of us.

Legal teams are working night and day in an effort to unpick all of the various points of this judicial intervention. To the best of our knowledge, there have been multiple arrests made in relation to this investigation and the authorities have seized somewhere in the region of 20 million seeds along with freezing funds and assets associated with those at Pot Sistemak S.L.. In spite of the fact that the sale of seeds is not classed as illegal under the provisions of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the entire case seems to be built around demonizing those involved in the sale of seeds.

The range of accusations is staggering and some of those accused now find themselves facing charges of crimes against public health, money laundering, electricity fraud and running a criminal organization. The police also seized more than two thousand seedlings from producers who are accused of ‘supplying’ the criminal organization.

As you would expect, this has been a crushing blow for all of the individuals involved and it has been a traumatizing experience for them to suddenly find themselves targeted by the authorities after more than 21 years of operating with full transparency. Many other companies have expressed their concerns that this action may just be the tip of the iceberg and it begs the question of what comes next in this assault on the industry.

When you consider the ever-expanding and increasing level of revenue and taxation which is pouring into and out of the cannabis market, it’s surprising to see this kind of action taking place. By their own admission, Pot Sistemak S.L. has put more than 2 million Euros back into the country through taxation last year alone and as their efforts continue to expand they were projected to be even more significant contributors in the coming years.Unsurprisingly, this blatant attack on some of the foremost seed banks in the world has sent shockwaves through the entire industry. Many others in the industry recognize Dinafem’s stellar work and ethics and see this attack as an assault on the whole of the Spanish cannabis industry.

The big question now is what happens next? Is this ‘big fish’ going to be the first of many or a ‘trophy kill’ to display for years to come? Are smaller suppliers, seed banks and retailers going to find themselves squirming under the microscope in the near future and, if so, what’s the endgame of all this? Some people hypothesize that this is all part of a much bigger chess game which will lead to ‘apparent legalization’ under incredibly restrictive government control.

If this is the case then there’s no real way of knowing what this means for the future of seed banks as we know them and the wider implications for the global community could be far-reaching. Reports indicate that there are already some tentative steps towards an industry which ignores those who have built it from the ground-up in favor of new companies with close ties to the government.

Some of these include companies involved in phytopharmaceuticals who have already managed to secure contracts that allow them to export cannabis-derived products to other countries. With this in mind, it’s outrageous to see well-established companies being put under excessive scrutiny.

At the time of writing, accessing the official websites for Dinafem leads users to be greeted by a banner explaining that all sales are frozen and nothing can be purchased. Only time will tell how long this saga continues.

Whatever happens, it’s certainly a worrying time for all involved and our thoughts and best wishes go out to all those affected by this terrible news. We’ll keep you posted as we know more.

Written and Published By Psy-23 In Weed World Magazine Issue 149

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