Marijuana and Cannabis Growing News
Two Michigan pot farmers found themselves in hot water when local authorities discovered 211 plants growing in well-guarded greenhouses on the men's property.
Gerald Duval Jr. and his son, Jeremy Duval, were convicted of drug trafficking, with the elder getting slapped with a 10 year sentence, and his adult son being handed five years in the clink. They appealed their convictions on multiple grounds, but the 6th Circuit Court ruled this week that the two had no right to challenge the court's decision any further.
Colleges and universities in Colorado and other states where industrial hemp is legal are now allowed to grow the crop for research purposes, thanks to a provision in the Farm Bill signed into law on Friday by President Obama. The provision, which was originally introduced as an amendment by Colorado Representative Jared Polis, defines hemp as separate from marijuana -- and could give the fledgling industry the scientific boost it needs to get off the ground.
So will Colorado universities start studying cannabis?
Miami-Dade Police conducted three raids of three separate grow houses in the Redland on Tuesday and hauled off about $1 million worth of marijuana in the process.
Local 10 reports that 800 pounds of pot was rounded up at a grow house on Southwest 200th Street and 174th Avenue alone. The narcotic bureau broke down a gate to find a house with two rooms turned into a hydroponics lab. 30 plants were found in one room. 25 in the other. The owner of that home managed to escape before police arrived, and they're still searching for suspects.
The Hawaiian Islands have historically been known for exporting fresh fruits and nuts, dank coffee beans, and sunburnt tourists. While the many legends of amazing pakalolo strains like Kauai Electric, Kona Gold, and the infamous Maui Wowie have made their way to the mainland over the years, extremely strict anti-cannabis state laws, and a lack of will to reform them, have kept Hawaii's finest weed a well-kept secret.
One high-ranking state lawmaker hopes to change that, though, and in the process help turn marijuana into Hawaii's new number one cash crop.
Want to know more about the herb you're smoking? So do we, so we've asked Ry Prichard - a fellow Colorado cannabis nerd, grower, photographer and founder of the Cannabis Encyclopedia project which aims to create a central database on cannabis strain information - to help school us all, strain-wise. This week? Bruce Banner #3
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It's that time of year again: harvest season. And while it means a stony winter is ahead for many, it also means a season of increased paranoia as the buzzing of helicopters overhead has hundreds if not thousands of marijuana growers in the United States scared they are the next to be busted.
Already, stories are coming in from all over about police buzzing fields to find pot then raiding the homes below. Police in Indiana, for example, are bragging about a $75,000 harvest they raided Thursday.
State Police in Michigan announced how much they love burning gasoline and wasting taxpayer money earlier this week, bragging about a costly flyover search in Livingston County that - so far - hasn't resulted in any arrests according to the Detroit Free Press.
But if you live in Deerfield, Handy or Cohoctah and have an outdoor grow, you might want to reconsider harvesting your crops now.
While the idea makes perfect sense to supporters and anyone with a set of eyes who can see marijuana prohibition has failed, Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto says he's against the measure and any legalization efforts.
Attention: If you had a sizable clandestine grow in Santa Barbara County, California near Santa Rosa Road between Lompoc and Buellton, don't bother showing up to harvest it in a few weeks.
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According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, a rancher reported that someone had trespassed onto his grazing land for his livestock, diverted a water source and was growing somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000 plants. The landowner was not a suspect.
Kyle Berry loved growing cannabis and felt that sharing his knowledge of cultivation with the world was his way of giving back to the cannabis community.
Kyle Berry's mugshot.
Sadly, the New Hampshire man's generosity bit him in the ass after police detectives say they watched the videos and recognized his reflected face in a shiny surface and were able to spot his name address on a package - all of which led to his arrest and pleading guilty to manufacturing a controlled drug yesterday. Instead of making videos for the next year, he'll unfortunately be spending his time behind jail walls.