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MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROUP: Grow it in the Sun!

[Press Release.]

Aiming to educate medical cannabis patients about pollution issues associated with medical cannabis cultivation, a group of Humboldt County and Bay Area residents called Grow it in the Sun will be at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo this September 25th and 26th at the Cow Palace.

“Grow it in the Sun wants patients to make informed choices when obtaining medical cannabis,” says spokesperson Dr. Ken Miller, MD. “We expand on the work of the Southern Humboldt group Put ‘Em in the Sun, which has encouraged responsible, small-scale outdoor marijuana cultivation for the past five years. Both groups oppose the industrialization of marijuana growing, whether indoors or out.”

One pound of marijuana grown artificially under grid-tied lights requires releasing one ton of carbon dioxide emissions, the principle greenhouse gas—if we assume that the best new technologies are used to create electricity from natural gas. If the power is made from coal, each pound of indoor pot would also emit 6 pounds of sulphur dioxide, the principle cause of acid rain, and 6.5 pounds of nitrogen oxide, which causes smog and acid rain. Beyond these greenhouse gas emissions, the damaging mining and drilling methods used to extract fossil fuels increase the environmental impact of grid energy use.

If the indoor uses off-grid diesel generators, additional problems with motor-oil disposal and particulate, noise and water pollution also occur, as do occasional disastrous fuel spills. The energy-intensive technologies of indoor pot growing were invented to hide marijuana cultivation from CAMP helicopters. Now that medical marijuana is legal, Grow it in the Sun and other groups question why expensive and polluting technologies of concealment should become the norm for California’s burgeoning marijuana industries.

Oakland’s proposed pot factories would create the biggest electricity user in that city, requiring otherwise unnecessary electrical infrastructure and millions of pounds of greenhouse gas pollution, in order to produce ‘warehouse weed’ in unnatural and ecologically destructive ways—in the state known around the world for its superlative natural agricultural bounty.

Mendocino County’s recent groundbreaking marijuana regulations make indoor cultivation of more than 100 square feet illegal anywhere in the county. Similar laws are driving indoor residential cultivation out of Eureka and Arcata, Humboldt County’s two largest cities.

Grow it in the Sun encourages patients to ask where their cannabis comes from—does it come from responsible growers, or from factory farms or destructive plantations in the national forests? Patients have a choice, and making their choice known can help reverse the trend toward destructive and polluting practices.

California can cultivate a natural, sustainable, profitable industry to be proud of simply by doing what it does best: Grow it in the Sun.

For more information visit http://www.growitinthesun.org.

  1. Thomas Paine Jr.
    September 20, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Outdoor cannabis will never be “medical” quality, to many things are diffreent each day. Medical quality cannabis can only come from indoor gardens because only indoor gardens can be completly mold, and pest free, and only indoor gardens have perfect condidtions every single day.
    Outdoors is for planting HEMP.

  2. Bolithio
    September 20, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Hmmm. I guess that would be true of food too then heh? Infact nothing is sterile outside. No one should leave their house.

  3. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    September 20, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Darn insects, pollen, wind, humidity, hot temperatures, free energy from the sun, dust and dirt in the air, petro-chemicals floating around, etc… Ya, as if indoor facilities are all “pure environments”, lola! I wonder why indoor growers brag about bleaching their walls, ceilings and floors in between harvest cycles? Why bleach if there exists no pests, mold, etc… How environmentally damaging is it to dispose of the Sodium halide bulbs? How about the noticeable amounts of bio-wastes that float in the air and stick to window screens due to the fans blowing the “dead air” outwardly for fresh air exchanges? What about the radon gases that emit through the floors of many homes that inter-mix with so-called pure indoor environments? Ya, indoor is just a propaganda thing at best for higher sales prices due to appearance and fallacies.

    Say, how many parts per million of dead insects do the corporate conglomerates sell in their cerial boxes? Hmm, how about loaves of bread? How about that jug or can of Orange Juice? MMMMMM, bugs taste good when you don’t see them in their lively form.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  4. criminal
    September 20, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Not to hijack the topic, but the first commentor brought it to mind…I’ve often wondered about growing true non-thc producing hemp locally. How much quality industrial grade hemp would I have to produce, and how often, to establish a local buyer for it? Who’s most likely to buy? Textiles? Biofuel? How much would it go for?

  5. anonymous
    September 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Indoor is just as susceptible to molds and pests as outdoor, even more so. Anyone who says indoor is pure after it’s grown artificially in chemical soup and has to be flushed with excessive amounts of water to make it palatable is fooling themselves.

    Cannabis is natural medicine, but growing indoors is’t natural.No one grows goldenseal or echineachea under lights.

  6. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    September 20, 2010 at 8:51 am

    No one but the monopolizing, industrialistic corporate conglomerates with an eye and passion for profit margins that benefit the pyramid schemers while abusing the apathetic and naive pyramid slave laborers.

    JL

  7. criminal
    September 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

    mold etc. is strictly dependent on environment. Environment exists equally inside and out. For every one variable on one side of the wall, there’s another on the other.

  8. Anon
    September 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

    we’ve genetically altered recreational cannabis so much, I don’t think it can be grown wild and free. It has to be raised in a controlled environment.

  9. the reasonable anonymous
    September 20, 2010 at 9:08 am

    “Medical quality cannabis can only come from indoor gardens because only indoor gardens can be completly mold, and pest free…”

    Nonsense. Indoor gardens have MORE pest problems and indoor growers use MORE pesticides to deal with these issues, especially spider mites.

  10. criminal
    September 20, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Anon 9:07, certain strains can and will (and occasionally do) grow wild in certain areas just fine. Shoot, all along the south coast of the nation ditchweed grows like…weed. There’s ditchweed around central california too. Worth zip to smoke in bowls, but on a rare occassion you’ll see people burning piles of it, freely taking in the smoke, or huddled under a blanket over a smoldering bunch. They swear by it, but I’ve never tried. The wild, un-tamed results of quality cannabis don’t look anything like the same plants grown to maximize buds, though. Even a little bit of fertilizer does a lot.

  11. Ghost of Jimmy Hoffa
    September 20, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Growers join the Teamsters in Oakland!

  12. longwind
    September 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    “Both groups oppose the industrialization of marijuana growing, whether indoors or out.”

    I like that.

  13. Not A Native
    September 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Aah, hucksters scheming to get market share. Its all about creating meaningless ‘distinctions without a difference’ like indoor or outdoor. Few care, anymore than whether their gasoline comes from ocean or land wells or shale(or corn).

    Is it a ‘medicine’ or a ‘food’? Is it ‘natural’ or ‘created by human manipulation of cultivation and selection’? How about ‘organic’, ‘100% pure’, and ‘maximum strength’? Oh but not ‘industrial’. My 3,000 plant farm isn’t industrial but your 3,100 plant farm is.

    If prop 19 passes(I don’t think it will) this will all be moot. A few most efficient(and well capitalized) producers and distributors will set a price/quality/legal compliance standard that others will either have to meet or start growing ‘shrooms.

  14. Angel
    September 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    It sure is hard to find edibles since Hummingbird closed. Humboldt Patient Resource Center is almost out. Anyone know a good place to get cookies?

  15. Anonymous
    September 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Free the cannibis! No more indoor grows! There are no restrictions on indoor OR outdoor for quality sold to dispensaries. No controls. It doesn’t matter where it comes from.

  16. Anonymous
    September 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Free-market cannabis? Bah! I’d rather ingest free-range chickens!

  17. criminal
    September 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Right now the marijuana market is as free as any market could possibly be.

  18. the reasonable anonymous
    September 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Nonsense. Right now the marijuana market is about as distorted by governmental interference as any market could possibly be.

    When the grower, the seller, and the buyer could all be jailed for their role in the transaction, as thousands are throughout this country every month, it’s hard to see how that’s a “free market.”

    When this criminality pushes profit levels and consumer prices to ridiculously inflated levels, it’s hard to call that a “free market.”

    When people have to end up obtaining a doctor’s recommendation in order to avoid jail time for growign or using a rather harmless substance, “free market” isn’t a good description of that situation.

    When the only sales that are considered legal, even by the state of California, have to be by a non-profit cooperative, that’s not a “free market” either.

    We could argue about whether a “free market” in cannabis would be a good thing or not, and we could discuss how we might move in that direction (some form of legalization being an obvious first step) but there’s really no question about the fact that it is currently a market that is anything BUT free.

  19. Mr. Nice
    September 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    A few most efficient(and well capitalized) producers and distributors will set a price/quality/legal compliance standard that others will either have to meet or start growing ‘shrooms.

    Shrooms, grow em in the fog!

  20. criminal
    September 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    TRA…that’s not what I’m talking about, but I’m being vague. Who doesn’t understand the consequences, no duh, yada yada…but when talking about the market itself transforming into “legal” status, it can’t get any free’er than it already is. Unfortunately, nomenclature has such a stronghold on our psyche (especially the media, look at the bantering over words on the internet alone) that the word “decriminalization” and it’s “legal” definition hasn’t been properly introduced into the mainstream’s conscience, because that’s what THE MOST PEOPLE WANT, AND ALWAYS HAVE.

  21. the reasonable anonymous
    September 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I guess I’m just not sure what you’re driving at when you say “it can’t get any free’er than it already is.”

    From my point of view, it’s not a free market at all right now, so of course it can be more free than it is right now, and some form of legalization is a necessary step to begin to move in that direction.

    “Decriminalization” in the context of cannabis laws, has generally meant that even simple possession was still “illegal,” just not a felony or misdemeanor. (but you can be issued a citation and a fine, like with a traffic ticket). And I’m not aware of any places that have passed “decriminalization” laws that allow growing, buying or selling of any kind. So the way the term “decriminalization” has been used in this context is generally as a step that is far short of actual legalization, and certainly short of being anything approaching a “free market.”

    Personally, I’m for full legalization, minimal regulation, reasonable taxation, and…you guessed it…puttin’ ’em in the sun.

  22. bill
    September 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Ever try to put em in the sun in northern coastal humboldt.I think we had about three days of sun up here this summer.nice try.

  23. Not A Native
    September 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    FWIW reasonable anonymous, the way I read Criminal’s posts is that the (black)pot market now is free from: taxation, uniform standards or regulatory oversight of production/consumption by officials, transaction dispute recourse though Government appointed authorities(judges), and probably a few more I can’t think of.

    In other words, a Liberatarian view of what a free market is, buyers and sellers acting totally on their own and totally responsible for their protection, and no third parties involved. The illegality aspects are merely an environmental limitation, like the law of gravity limiting how high you can jump.

  24. criminal
    September 20, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    TRA, you’re simply not humoring the existence of the legitimate criminal. Marijuana is bought and sold between happy handshakes…it’s happening right now. Right now, too. Even right now. Yes, as you continue to read this, marijuana is being bought and sold between a happy handshake…somewhere…right now. “business”…

  25. Anonymous
    September 20, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Marijuana should come packaged like cigarettes are, with a warning label about what it can do to your motivation and your mental health.

  26. criminal
    September 20, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Warning label on pack o’ joints?

    “this is going to get you high…if you don’t know what that means, go ahead give it a try anyway, then you’ll know.”
    “it’s just weed, jeez”
    “might make you think…a lot…”
    “will definitely stimulate appetite.”
    …um…and more…

  27. Mitch
    September 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Marijuana should come packaged like cigarettes are, with a warning label about what it can do to your motivation and your mental health.

    Absolutely. Newspapers, too.

  28. Mr. Nice
    September 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Marijuana should come packaged like cigarettes are, with a warning label about what it can do to your motivation and your mental health.

    We’ll see who’s got motivation when the fucking votes come in.

  29. Anonymous
    September 21, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Mr. Nice, you might not realize it, but the overuse of the word “fuck” by the members of the baby boom generation starting some 40 years ago has taken most of “the power to shock” away from it.

    Instead of appearing bold and brassy, you appear lazy and unmotivated, language-wise. You dig?

  30. Matthew Meyer
    September 21, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Thomas Paine Jr.’s comment points to a contradiction in the kind of legitimacy that some dispensaries are now seeking: indo is better because it can approximate drug standards–the white coats, the lab-type setting. At the same time, it’s still an herb with hundreds of compounds that interact with one another. (Geez, why doesn’t Mr. Paine just take some Marinol, if this antiseptic-countertop view of purity is really where it’s at?)
    Pot growers need to take more pages from foodies. Joel Salatin, hero of Michael Pollan’s _Omnivore’s Dilemma_, slaughters his chickens in an open-air facility that is the bane of the USDA’s existence: they prefer bleach-scrubbed walls, like Mr. Paine, while Joel finds that fresh air and natural balances make pretty good chicken. I agree.

  31. longwind
    September 21, 2010 at 7:36 am

    What he said.

  32. Thomas Paine Jr.
    September 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    All industrial greenhouses use supplimental lighting, as well as HEPA filters on the incoming and outgoing air.
    Learn the facts.
    Bleaching of walls prevents infestations from molds and mildews, and is a perfectly safe organic practice as far as the USDA is concrened.

  33. Thomas Paine Jr.
    September 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I dont take Marinol because it is just THC (100% synthetic)it has none of the other MEDICALY valuable, and non pshycoactive cannabinoids like canabinal and canabidol.

  34. longwind
    September 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Have you been following the research that suggests the range of non-psychoactive cannabinoids is wider with full-spectrum sunlight? It seems indoor lights are great for reproducing THC but not for the scores of associated factors, some we might not even know yet. If it weren’t a Schedule 1 drug that would be a desirable study.

    On your original point, why would I want my herbal botanical to be sterile but my tomatoes to be earthy? Do you think my garden tomatoes are bad for me? I can’t think of a reason why the great outdoors that keeps us healthy is an unhealthy place to grow medicine.

  35. Mr. Nice
    September 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    7:18

    Instead of appearing bold and brassy, you appear lazy and unmotivated, language-wise. You dig?

    That is lazy as fuck in terms of proper language use. Ya heard-wise?

    And what do some of y’all posting after 7:18 have against sterilization? Y’all talk about some bullshit amount of bleach on greenhouse walls. How much sterilization do you think packaged food goes through? Especially shit the loons won’t let get irradiated has all type of sanitizers involved. Prolly better than getting some bacterial infections I’d think. Or I forgot y’all are willing to take that chance with the raw milk bullshit. It’s too late to go back to this easyman hunter and gatherer shit and still share mad chickens with 6 billion other heads.

  36. FrumMe
    September 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    FWIW reasonable anonymous, the way I read Criminal’s posts is that the (black)pot market now is free from: taxation, uniform standards or regulatory oversight of production/consumption by officials, transaction dispute recourse though Government appointed authorities(judges), and probably a few more I can’t think of.

    In other words, a Liberatarian view of what a free market is, buyers and sellers acting totally on their own and totally responsible for their protection, and no third parties involved. The illegality aspects are merely an environmental limitation, like the law of gravity limiting how high you can jump.

    Urm, you can still get your criminal jollies off when it’s legalized. Just refuse the regulations and taxation. Ain’t life grand?

  37. FrumMe
    September 21, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Whoops.

  38. longwind
    September 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Okay okay, I’ll chase the bouncing tangent: Mr Nice, the reason we have mad chickens is because we breed unhealthy life forms in unnaturally sterile conditions, and shoot them with antibiotics and hormones to make their conditions seem less depraved, until the depravity overwhelms them with new diseases, epidemics, immunities and super-germs.

    If we don’t want mad chickens, we can’t douse living and growing areas with antiseptics and call it healthy. It’s unhealthy. And not just for chickens.

    Irradiating food instead of growing it in healthy conditions is the problem, not the solution.

  39. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    September 22, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Longwind,

    spot on. Let’s not get real truthy either about over-population and pyramid schemeres who want only money and power no matter what avenues are used to cede economic controls. American government understands that control, hence the fascist politicians from the local level all the way up to the federal levels.

    Excessive Human population IS THE OVERALL PROBLEM. Until this country makes an effort to de-populate, we will (less another civil war based on economic standings) be forced to get used to less freedoms, more big bubba controls through taxations/laws and a lifestyle void of true happiness!

    Yeah, why work for nothin’? Come to think of it, intentional unemployment might bring this country’s government to its knees (if immigration STOPS)???

    JL

  40. criminal
    September 22, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Humans are at the top of the food chain…right below them are the humans dependent on the people at the top of the food chain.

  41. fred
    October 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    The Arcata ICenter in Arcata, Ca. is currently selling 6-8 strains of badly infected buds….Botrytis..and are refusing refunds. I know. They are in total denial..
    Check your buds before you hand over cash if you buy in NorHum..
    This is such a health-hazzard..
    Notice the ICenetr’s logo…leaf with cash sign..
    They are showing thier true colors, for sure..

  42. Mr. Nice
    October 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    This is such a health-hazzard..

    Botrytis ain’t a health hazard unless you are allergic. Some of the dankest wine is infected as fuck. I buried strawberries in compost that were fully botrytis with raccoons digging them out that night and they didn’t suffer any kinna permanent neurological shit or anything from it. They shit them out right there too but they tend to do that.

    Aspergillus is the fucked up mold. It will fuck you up if you smoke it but if you got peanut allergy it will fuck you up badly.

    That’s fucked up though that they won’t do refunds on bud you already smoked. Did you save the roach?

  43. December 27, 2010 at 8:08 am

    There’s nothing better than grow your pot outdoor, you can achieve even better results with a good location where the plant receives the most amount of solar light a day..

  44. January 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    You cant grow good Medical marijuana outdoors there are to many ellements working against you

  45. Anonymous
    January 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Does weed make a person unable to punctuate?

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