Marijuana and Cannabis Growing News

Riverside County officials considering complete ban on cannabis cultivation
Friday, July 25, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Stretching from the eastern edge of Los Angeles County, all the way to the western Arizona border, Riverside County in California's Inland Empire has been rapidly rising in the ranks of the most populous counties in the entire nation.

In an almost synchronized timeline of events, the population explosion in Riverside County coincided with the massive growth of medical marijuana demand in the region, and local growers soon found the Mediterranean-esque climate to be more than adequate for growing their own crops. However, a newly proposed county-wide ordinance would put an outright ban on outdoor cultivation of cannabis.

Cops nationwide forced to revise tactics when raiding cannabis grow ops
Monday, June 30, 2014 at 8:20 am


The exact cost of a marijuana raid in America is hard to put an accurate estimate on. The first, and most important, question is, "the cost to whom?" Besides their livelihood, their reputation in the community, and even one's freedom, the financial costs of a marijuana raid can be overwhelming to the suspect - whether they are ultimately found guilty, or not.

As marijuana goes more mainstream, however, state and local law enforcement officials are looking to revise their own decades-old procedures when it comes to busting weed growers, before their own departments' budgets get flipped upside down by pot cultivation cases gone bad.

Another publicly traded cannabis investment accused of fraud
Monday, June 2, 2014 at 8:20 am


Anyone who may have invested in GrowLife, Inc. between November 14th, 2013 and April 9th, 2014 by purchasing common stock may be getting some of that money back. That is the aim of a new class action lawsuit filed against GrowLife on behalf of those stock holders as they prepare to launch their crusade later this month, on June 17th.

GrowLife is a publicly traded company (ticker symbol: PHOT) that touts itself as a "recognized leader in the specialty hydroponics industry". Besides offering retail storefront locations in five states, GrowLife offers financial aid and consultation services for start-up cultivation operations.

Organic famers fighting marijuana grow operation in Boulder
Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8:20 am


When a Colorado community doesn't want a marijuana cultivation warehouse, some people assume that the area is anti-pot and, therefore, anti-Colorado. However, one Boulder farming community is fighting a battle against marijuana that has nothing to do with any stereotypes about the plant.

Paul Cure of Cure Organic Farms has spent the last ten years building up a certified organic farm with his wife, Anne. To be certified organic by the government, the Cures had to pay thousands of dollars in fees and maintain strict requirements on their growing and handling of food.

A ton and a half of trash removed from remote AZ weed farm
Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

It took nearly a decade to come up with the funds, but it took just a couple of days for Forest Service crews to remove one and a half tons of garbage from a remote location in the heart of Arizona referred to as the Fossil Springs Wilderness.

Populated by evergreen trees and crystal clear watering holes, and featuring breathtaking vistas at nearly every turn, the area does see its share of hikers. But the "PACK IN, PACK OUT" mentality of most outdoor enthusiasts keeps the area clean, and the habitat as natural as possible.

How then could 1.5 tons of trash sit around out there for nine years? And who the hell left it there?

Kentucky state officials sue federal govt over held up hemp seeds
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Earlier this year, on February 7th, President Barack Obama signed a new farm bill, backed by a rare display of bipartisan politicking. Originally introduced by cannabis-friendly Congressmen Jared Polis (D - CO), Earl Blumenauer (D - OR), and Thomas Massie (R - KY), the bill contained a very special amendment. For the first time in decades, the federal government had made an allowance for the cultivation of hemp. The hemp caveat only applies to states that have passed their own form of hemp legalization, and Massie's Kentucky is one of those states.

Also from the Commonwealth of Kentucky is Republican Senator Rand Paul, who has made clear his support for hemp cultivation in the state. The senior Senator from Kentucky and possible-Sleestack Mitch McConnell was reported to be instrumental in making sure that the bill that the president signed retained the hemp growing amendment.

Kentucky was poised to re-establish its roots in a hemp trade that flourished in the state until it was banned by the federal government in 1937. Today, however, the state finds itself embroiled in a lawsuit against the federal government, and their first hemp harvest hangs in the balance.

Researcher claims dog's death was payback for concerns about local weed growing
Monday, May 12, 2014 at 8:20 am


In 2009, wildlife disease expert Dr. Mourad Gabriel was doing field research high in the Sierra mountain range, not far from Yosemite National Park, when he came upon a dead Pacific fisher. The long, slender, weasel-like rodent did not appear to be the victim of any sort of predator attack, showing no outward signs of distress, damage, or disease. But when Gabriel and his team got the animal back to the lab for further inspection, they found its chest cavity completely full of blood.

Up until that point, the researchers had never seen or heard of anything like it. In late January of this year, one of Gabriel's family dogs, a black lab by the name of Nyxo, was found dead at the doctor's home in Arcata, in northern California. When his pet was cut open to determine the cause of its sudden and mysterious death, it too had a chest cavity engulfed in blood. Now as Julie Cart reports for the LA Times, Dr. Gabriel is speaking out.

Legal Canadian cannabis grower plans to produce 1.3 million pounds of weed next year
Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:20 am


In October of last year, we reported here at Toke of the Town on a landmark move by the Canadian government to pump over $1.3 billion dollars into a new national medical marijuana program. The approach was aimed at providing the rapidly growing number of medical marijuana patients with access to cannabis produced by massive, state-of-the-art growing and distribution operations.

The new law proposed to outlaw home growing, forcing medical marijuana patients to go to these large-scale pot shops for their weed. But on March 21st of this year, a Federal Court ruling put a halt to that section of the new regulations, and temporarily grandfathered in anyone who was already licensed to grow at home before September 30th, 2013.

Miami-Dade county looking into legal medical pot growing
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm


While Florida only has a very limited CBD-only medical marijuana law on the books, it is starting to look like a much broader medical marijuana ballot initiative could pass. That would mean the Sunshine State could soon be awash in legal marijuana grow operations, and Miami-Dade county wants to make sure they don't miss the boat on a potential financial windfall.

Illinois cops, DEA stake out grow store, bust 46-year-old hibiscus farmer
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

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After a "month-long" investigation that included stake-outs, digging through garbage, and comparing neighbors' electricity bills, DEA agents and Shorewood (Illinois) Police kicked down the door of a suspected pot grower at 5am on October 11th, 2013.

The suspect was 46-year-old Angela Kirking, who says she awoke to 4 DEA agents and 5 cops screaming at her with guns drawn. Kirking does admit to being a proud grower ... of Hibiscus flowers, which she actually eats. It was her search for all-organic solutions for that part of her diet that brought the wrath of the federal government and local law enforcement down on her door on that October morning.