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Weed greenhouses are so hot right now

They’re cost-effective, eco-friendly, and produce mass quantities of chronic

  • By Lessley Anderson
  • on April 19, 2014 12:00 pm
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RiverRock is a marijuana company in Denver, CO, that was founded in 2009 by an enterprising medical malpractice attorney some four years before recreational weed become legal in the state. Today, RiverRock operates two dispensaries, grows its own, and makes edibles, extracts, and concentrates. It used to cultivate all its cannabis indoors — a quantity John Kocer, RiverRock’s CEO, wouldn’t specify, but says comprises between 3 percent to 5 percent of the state’s $14 million monthly weed market.

A year and a half ago, the company shifted a large portion of its grow operations to a 27,000-square-foot greenhouse. In simple terms, a greenhouse is an outdoor, semipermanent structure with translucent ceilings and walls, through which light can filter. It’s the same kind of thing that conventional farmers use to grow flowers and vegetables. RiverRock’s is particularly state-of-the-art, with automated humidity and temperature controls and a special blackout system that can create pitch-dark conditions in the middle of a summer evening.

Pitch-dark conditions in the middle of a summer evening

The fact that RiverRock is using a greenhouse to grow pot may not seem that extraordinary, until you realize that until recently, most marijuana was grown indoors to stay hidden from view. But in a monumental shift in the cannabis industry, that’s about to change.

“This is the trend for the future,” Kocer says. “We’re the only industry on the planet that grows indoor under light. Tomatoes, flowers, you name it, people don’t grow indoors.”

And there’s good reason other industries don’t: it’s expensive to grow indoors, where powerful artificial lights — and massive air-conditioning systems used to counteract the heat from said lights — require massive amounts of energy. By harnessing the free power of the sun, growers can save as much as 90 percent on their electricity bills. RiverRock’s monthly electricity bill is $25,000 a month, only $2500 of which is used in its greenhouse, versus its residual indoor grow operations which run up the bulk of that bill.

Not surprisingly, RiverRock isn’t the only cannabis grower going “green.” In Colorado, industry consultants and greenhouse suppliers estimate there are 10 marijuana greenhouse operations of similar scale to RiverRock’s, with several even larger ones in development. RiverRock has plans to triple its greenhouse capacity in the coming months, which will double its weed production. (Although Washington state also recently legalized marijuana, Colorado has progressed much more quickly in setting up its legal cannabis marketplace.)

Until now, high-grade pot was almost exclusively grown indoors. “The reason why indoor cultivation became the cultivation technology of choice was because this was illegal for so long and indoor is easier to hide,” says Kris Krane, a consultant for the marijuana industry who also runs an incubator for startup cannabis companies.

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Patient, “Wade”, inside RiverRock’s greenhouse (RiverRock).

Now, even though pot is still federally prohibited, Washington and Colorado have fully legalized it, and 20 other states (and DC) have approved it for medical use. If Colorado is an example, a regulated, legal pot marketplace will mean growers are less concerned about shielding their plants from view, and more motivated to explore cost saving opportunities. Continue reading

Co. Couple loses license, and moves to Mass to open new shop

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/03/04/couple-stripped-colorado-marijuana-license-managing-winning-companies-massachusetts/5r6lG12BrUvcO27QPn5BjM/story.html

http://www.bostonglobe.com/staff/lazar

http://www.bostonglobe.com/staff/murphysh

By Kay Lazar and Shelly Murphy

A husband and wife forced to shut down their Colorado medical marijuana facility for numerous violations in 2012 have resurfaced in Massachusetts, as the managers of three companies that won preliminary state approval in January to run medical marijuana dispensaries.

Diane and John J. Czarkowski, who call themselves pioneers in the medical marijuana industry in Colorado, founded one of the first marijuana dispensary and cultivation centers licensed in Boulder, in 2009. But three years later, their license to operate a marijuana facility was revoked by the city. Officials found a variety of violations, including that the company lied to obtain a construction permit to expand its operations and stored marijuana in unauthorized areas, according to city and state court records.

Now the Czarkowskis are listed as members of the executive management teams of companies planning to open dispensaries in Dennis, Haverhill, and Quincy.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials have said background checks were conducted on the executive management teams of all 16 companies that were approved in January for provisional licenses to open 20 dispensaries. But it is unclear whether the Colorado license revocation turned up.

“I can’t believe they wouldn’t find this,” said Lesley Rich, a real estate attorney and president of a group that unsuccessfully applied for a dispensary license in New Bedford. “You would think they would have done the research and vetted out the people who are applying.”

Asked to comment on the applications involving the Czarkowskis, David Kibbe, a health department spokesman, said: “Applicants that fail to meet the state’s standards will not get a license to operate a dispensary in Massachusetts. No license, provisional or final, has been issued.”

The Czarkowskis’ license troubles in Colorado are the latest in a series of problems turned up among applicants who have won preliminary approval for the state’s first medical marijuana licenses. The Globe and other news organizations have reported on questions about the qualifications of key staff of several other dispensaries and documented misstatements that firms made in applications about support from local officials. The health department has since acknowledged that it did not check the veracity of companies’ claims before designating them as provisionally licensed, but says it is doing so.

Questions also have been raised about possible conflicts of interest between the agency and some winning applicants.

The uproar prompted the Boston City Council to schedule a hearing Tuesday into questions raised about the two firms that won preliminary state approval for facilities in Boston.

John Czarkowski, in a telephone interview Monday, initially said that he and his wife had sold their marijuana company, Boulder Kind Care, before its cultivation license was revoked in March 2012.

“From 2009 to 2012, we were in good standing in the city and with the state,” Czarkowski said. “We were the golden children.”

But pressed on the issue, Czarkowski acknowledged that the couple did not sell the business until two months after the Boulder revocation notice. He said Boulder officials engaged in a “witch hunt” against them for an innocent mistake made by his business partner on a construction application.

Diane and John Czarkowski are on the executive management team of Ermont Inc., which won preliminary approval for a dispensary in Quincy. John Czarkowski is also on the executive management team of two other companies that received preliminary approval: William Noyes Webster Foundation in Dennis and Healthy Pharms Inc. in Haverhill.

Ermont, in its application for a dispensary license, described Boulder Kind Care as the “leading dispensary in Colorado” and “one of the most successful cultivation centers.” But there is no mention of the company’s license revocation in any of the three dispensary companies’ applications.

Four other companies that were not approved for provisional licenses listed Diane or John Czarkowski or their consulting firm Canna Advisors as part of management. They are Coastal Compassion Inc., which was denied its request to open a dispensary in New Bedford, but was invited by the state to reapply for a license in another county; and Baystate Compassion Center Inc., Patient Alliance Wellness Center, and Holistics Specialty Care Inc.

Baystate Compassion Center, which sought to open a dispensary in Springfield and listed Diane Czarkowski as operations manager, told city officials last December that her Colorado license to operate a dispensary and cultivation facility had “never been suspended, revoked, or terminated.”

“It was voluntarily withdrawn after the business was sold in 2012,” Baystate Compassion wrote in the letter seeking support from officials.

Attorney Michael S. Schneider, who represents Baystate Compassion, said the statements to the city were “blessed” by Diane Czarkowski and company executives had no reason to doubt her. “She reviewed and approved what was written. My clients did not intentionally deceive anyone.”

Rich, one of the unsuccessful applicants in New Bedford, said it appears the Czarkowskis, who listed Diane as a member of the executive team on some applications and John on others, “tried to play games” with state health department rules that forbid any one person or company to be involved in the management of more than three dispensaries.

In response, John Czarkowski said he believed they were following the state’s rules.

Rich, whose company is Apex Compassion & Wellness Center, said he intends to raise issues surrounding the Czarkowskis in a lawsuit he plans to file Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court challenging the awarding of licenses.

Boulder city records indicate that a partner of John Czarkowski obtained a work permit to expand their cultivation facility by claiming that a local contractor had been hired to do the construction. When the contractor complained to the city that the company had never retained him and lied about his involvement in the project, city officials launched an investigation. John Czarkowski was present when Boulder building inspectors and police inspected the facility in early February 2012, citing numerous violations.

On March 2, 2012, Boulder officials notified Czarkowski’s company that the city was revoking its license for a variety of issues, including an apparent lie on its application for a construction permit.

They “did all these court machinations to try to overturn that action and have a court order the city to give the license back,” said Kathy Haddock, a senior assistant attorney for the city of Boulder. “Each court said no.”

City officials also wrote in a report that John Czarkowki’s business partner appeared to be under the influence of marijuana — with “dry mouth, white lips, coated tongue, and sunglasses that he would not take off” — while leading them on an inspection of the facility in Feb. 2012.

A Boulder district court judge rejected Boulder Kind Care’s claim that the city exceeded its authority by revoking the company’s license. In court filings, Czarkowski and his partner said Boulder Kind Care grossed $1.7 million in revenue in 2011 and employed 28 employees. The case ended in late May 2012 when Czarkwoski withdrew his appeal.

Diane Czarkowski fell deep into debt and filed for personal bankruptcy last year, according to federal bankruptcy court records.

She was allowed to walk away from $405,000 in debts, despite one creditor’s complaint that between December 2012 and January 2013 she charged luxury items, including flights, hotel stays, skiing, and clothing purchases at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, even though she knew she could not pay for them. Her last purchase was made on the day she attended credit counseling, according to the complaint.

Kay Lazar can be reached at Kay.Lazar@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKayLazar. Shelley Murphy can be reached at Shelley.Murphy@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @Shelleymurph.

 

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Marijuana and Your Higher Self; Intention of Spirit

 

Does Cannabis have something deeper to teach us?

Being aware is in my opinion a very advantagable quality to posess. If one is aware they can better predict outcomes, or possible oppurtunities, obstacles are easily broken becasue one might be very aware of his situation. I’d say Wing Chun, the mentor to Bruce Lee in Ip Man (a fictionalised biopic of the grandmaster of martial arts, Yip Man….watch it if you havn’t) is probably very aware of himself, others and situations around him. And that is an advantage. He spent a good deal of time, effort, focus, and passion on achieving this advantage. And it is for his taking. Intention is a powerful thing. Once you are aware of what you want your intention moves with ease to your next destiny. 

 Sometimes you find many obstacles before you get to where you’re going. And I’d assume along the way you might learn a thing or two about what you need to do. And a couple things about what you ought not to do. Growing is natural. Growing spiritually as well. Everyone is on thier own journey. In a sophisticated life force or spirit I would think that would be the norm. Connecting with people, not controlling them. Growing together. There are still many pople following other people, following lights, and roads, and signs, and going to the same places every day, and not really growing per se. Yes, their vessel changes and they grow “as a person”, but as a spirit? Intention, Curiosity, Questions, Knowledge, Acceptance, Humbleness, integrity, and Respect for oneself prevails in the end. 

Marijuana has been struggling for its freedom, maybe not always, but in the here and now, it has been a struggle. It grows everywhere, and anywhere it can. Without much complaint at that. It provides wonderful medicinal qualities, as well as cereberal effecs that can leave one feeling relaxed, and at times enlightened. A problem you were mulling over in your head, magically presents a solution. Or you enjoyed cleaning, and doing lawnwork so much a new project popped into your head for spring. A new drawing idea, or song. Either way it can be said that when one smokes the herb, they find inspiration. Something that is essential for life, or a least a life worth living. To be “content” and well off, taken care of, or just plain bored is something I never want to be. When you have passion for who you are and what you’re about, thats living. Marijuana has passion for life!

Marijuana helps us be what we want; meditative, relaxed, energetic, creative, respectful, healthy inside and outside. When you’re healing physically and mentally, catching that break so that you can realign and think “out of the box” you’re being you and it’s working great. Your intention can soar. Your smile is bigger and shared more often. You feel accomplished and happy, and want to share that feeling. Marijuana seems to only have good intention for us, and I hope we can revel happily in the love that has been gratefully recieved already. And Smile back. 

 

We have all seen what happens when you love something that isnt real. Something like propaganda, or movies, (realistic all -day-action packed drama, and romantic expectations are lost on movies – two words; False Hopes) even a corrupt government, illusions that makes life hard, and seem not that much fun. It’s hard to say “trust no one”, “hide in a hole” but at times that’s what you may feel like doing. Because intention was misplaced. Maybe just lost on greed. It’s safe in my opinion, to say that something having been around far longer than any government or nation I have existed in, still pushing through has some pretty hardcore intent written in its past, present, and future destiny. Marijuana will not back down. You have to admit, as a plant that has been illegal in the United States for some time now, it sure got around anyways. I’m pretty sure my high school ceramics teacher smoked marijuana while on duty for the “saturday school kids” (being tardy and sorts gets you a fun filled four hour sat in classroom-quiet). I had one once, and I didn’t have Mr. Jones, I had some grouchy lady who could have benefitted from a little Marijuana in my opinion. My intention was to get out of highschool as fast as I could. And I did, 6 months early! woooheeee!

If you put your mind to it, anything is possible. We tell kids that all the time (I was told that) then proceed to shoot down their dreams in the most innocent of ways, without even knowing it. As well as other not so innocent ways becasue of reactions and consequences from outside factors of control beyond our reach that we cannot keep from their lives. I tell my son, “if you want your fire hose (stick) to have a water spout to put out fires, and a fire spout to throw flames, that can happen.” Job security right there. My first thought was to say “no, no that wouldn’t be productive you wouldn’t want to start more fires by confusing the buttons” but in reality, there’d probably be a safety switch, so that’s a non issue. Meaning it’s not a problem. Maybe while I amlost sqwashed a dream, or intention of creativity and spirit, I also recieved perspective. Which is important.

You can be shown pearls and becasue of ones lack in perspective, have them waste away. Intent must be recieved as it is sent out. Revolving so to speak; questions asked, acceptance, understanding, curiosity, respect, growth. These things help us move forward in so many ways. Marijuana can help us move forward in so many ways because Its intention is pure, and honest. Cannabis is Not hiding behind false hopes, and expectations. Just growing, there on the side of the road, or in a garden waiting to be read to or asked a question. 

 They pretty much ingrain into our little innocent minds that we want to get a career and become somebody….as if we’re not already. It would be wiser to teach kids in my humble opinion, how to be themselves and learn about what they are naturally curious and interested in then trying to teach them how to become someone important. There are many children I feel are much more intelligent than some other adults (thier natural skills lost in the assimilation). I have encountered many times where I just look at my son and think… “wow, you get it. You know something I have forgotten, or havn’t learned yet” Age is meaningless. Yes, wisdom exists beyond seniority. Well, possibly. I’m still working our reincarnation issues with that statement. Many times school has molded perfectly good kids into “respectable citizens” .. I’ve decided that what governments consider respectable people, I sometimes consider ignorant sheep without intent or passion. They do what their told, and they are happy they are being told what to do becasue they wouldn’t know what to do if they weren’t. Their intent has effectivly been lost on them. They might be due for a toke sesh. just saying. 

There’s a couple great reads on the spiritual intent of marijuana and growth I found while exploring the idea of Marijuanas Higher Consciousness level. Both tie in so nicely becasue there’s a good example of how a person with poor intentions can effect the intent of Marijuana. That doesn’t mean it’s not okay to use for fun, but just shows that you can’t blame the messenger. Marijuana is not responsible for humanity, rather a bringer of knowledge, perspective, and possibly a new way to see ourselves, and become “A Higher Self”. Heh heh. 

Resurrection of the Higher Self
 
by Matthew Webb, visionquest@eoni.com
Jul 1989
 
[ Erowid Note: This document provides an interesting look into a group advocating the intentional, spiritual, and transformative use of cannabis. The views expressed in this interview share many similiarities with some other cannabis-positive writings and metaphysical viewpoints, but which are not well represented in the Erowid archives, despite their prevalence. ]
 

THE HIGHER SELF

 Blake: “What I meant was, that marijuana can be a powerful tool for self improvement if used with the proper focus.”

MB: “What do you mean it can be a powerful tool?”

Blake: “This plant has the potential for use as a psychoactive booster of consciousness. It is a kind of ‘psychic vitamin’ that can expand ones’ abilities mentally, psychically and spiritually.”

MB: “In certain Native cultures substances such as peyote and psychoactive mushrooms are used for self exploration. Is this what you mean?”

Blake: “Self exploration is actually only a part of this. In native cultures, psychoactive substances are also used to gain what are considered spiritual powers, psychic enhancements, altered and deepened perceptions of truth, greater inner strength, energy, mental alertness and flexibility. Perhaps even more importantly, these substances are used to gain spiritual realization and refinement. They are even used as an aid to unify ones self with Nature and God.”

MB: “And you include marijuana as one of the substances which can accomplish these things?”

Blake: “Yes we do.”

MB: “Don’t you think that if marijuana had such potentials that people would have discovered them long ago? I mean, everyone ‘gets high’ at one time or another, but no one I know of gains any psychic powers or finds God through weed.”

Blake: “In reference to the first part of your question, people did actually discover the spiritual potentials of marijuana long ago. References to this herb in the ancient Vedic texts of India, indicate that it was being used by Rishis and Yogis at that time to gain deepened perceptions. As for the fact that ‘everyone gets high’ as you said, yet few find God or greater personal power, this is just a result of cultural influences. Lets look at it this way. Compare marijuana to driving a car. As soon as you take a puff you’re behind the drivers’ seat. The engine’s running and you can go anywhere you want. But just because you own a car though, does not guarantee that you will take it to useful, productive or enlightening places. You may just drive in circles, get in a wreck or simply drive it off a cliff. It all depends upon your intention when you’re driving as to where you end up, and what you’ll do when you get there. Marijuana is the same way. Although it contains great potentials for self-transformation and can take you to places you never dreamed of, its effect is still primarily limited to the mind that is driving it, so to speak.”

MB: “So you’re saying that the usual effect of just ‘getting stoned’ and oblivious to the world, is due more to user error than to the substance itself.”

Blake: “That is exactly what I mean, and what a pity! Most people just get high within the usual party mode of stimulating amusements, simply because this is the only intention they hold when smoking it.”

Read more:  

http://www.erowid.org/plants/cannabis/cannabis_spirit6.shtml

 

 

Here’s the socond…

By: Teal Swan

Cannabis and Spirituality (Is Pot a Beneficial Spiritual Drug?)

“Pot, otherwise known as cannabis or marijuana, is considered a spiritual medicine and has been used as such since 2000 BC because it is a psychoactive drug. Pot is considered psychoactive because it can alter one’s state of consciousness. Altering one’s consciousness helps them to break free of illusion and the restriction of limited perception.

All plants possess unique energetic frequencies and those frequencies can teach a new way of thinking and being. Cannabis teaches about a great many things including: The path of least resistance, oneness, surrender, release, letting go, present moment, “Livity”, communion, allowing, the impermanence and illusion of the physical dimension, the frailness of boundaries, inhibition, the unhealthiness of control, the fear that lies behind the bold, confident mask of the ego and effortless being.

People react very differently to cannabis; this is because the vibratory rate of the plant is in fact what is altering people’s state of consciousness. An individual human holds a unique vibration. When a person interacts with cannabis, the vibratory rate of that individual has to change in order to match the frequency of the cannabis in order to stay a match to sharing a reality where both the plant and the person coexist. In shamanic tradition, these psychoactive plants (including cannabis) were seen as gatekeepers or tunnel guardians between realms. This matching of frequencies or resonating between person and plant is called “friending”. Friending the plant, allows you to pass between realms. This resonance effect drastically increases when the medicine is ingested. The vibrational resonance causes a cascade of physiological reactions occur, most especially the inhibition of neurotransmitters. It inhibits the brain from functioning at normal capacity. This provides a great deal of relief to many people, who are bombarded by their own resistant thoughts.

The brain is a transceiver of information that is designed to create the illusion of a static 3-D dimension for the purpose of learning. The physical dimension is a learning hologram. When the transceiver is affected or inhibited by certain drugs, the illusion of the physical dimension begins to dismantle and a person can feel or see beyond this dimension into other dimensions and realities. When the transceiver is incapacitated, a person is enables to allow more of his or her own pure being to be fully present and unrestricted. But people react differently to the plant. The question is…why?

A person reacts differently to cannabis for two main reasons. 1) Because people have different vibratory rates. Your enjoyment of cannabis, or lack there of, is directly related to whether the plant holds a higher vibration than you do, or whether you hold a higher vibration than it does. If the plant holds a higher vibration than you do, you are most likely going to experience a sense of calm euphoria and a dramatic reduction of pain in your body. If your vibratory rate is higher, you will most likely experience paranoia and other unwanted side effects from the medicine. 2) Because cannabis is extremely responsive to intention. It enhances the truth of this reality, which is that intention directs energy and intention creates your experience. If you set an intention for what you want cannabis to help you do, it will have that effect. If you do not, it will respond according to the intention of your subconscious. This means if your subconscious wants you to know about something that is plaguing it, or if your subconscious fears the loss of personal boundaries, taking cannabis will enable your subconscious to fulfill it’s intention and you will come face to face with your fears.

The number one benefit of cannabis is that it helps people to release resistance. By affecting the brain like it does, it inhibits the brain from focusing on and translating the resistant, stressful thoughts that cause a negative emotional response within the body. This is why it is so effective at reducing stress. And this is also why it is so effective for the use of pain management. Pain is a symptom of resistance. By causing a person to release resistance and “flow downstream with life” a person is free to be who they really are. More of their true essence is present in the absence of resistance and this is why people often undergo such intense spiritual experiences while under the influence of cannabis. But this is also why it is used recreationally.”

 

Marijuana has shown, through the ages that its intent is TO BE. To be free, to be accepted, accepting, welcomed, welcoming, loved, loving, understood, overstanding, cared for, and connected to. Marijuana wants us all to connect. As we come closer to one another and understand our true selves. we shall revel in the fact that intention is all we need to do this. 

 

 

 

I want to dedicate this Ode to a flower, a Marijuana flower. I found this sweet poem in a book I have called “Peace is Every Step” ” The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life” Forward by H.H. The Dalai Lama. It has a wealth of applicable information in it, along with really sweet poems and shorts essays”

In one Called Flower Insights this poem appears at the end. Said to be written ‘by a friend of mine who died at the age of twenty-eight in Saigon, about thirty years ago” 

Stnding quietly by the fence,

you smile your wondrous smile.

I am speechless, and my senses are filled

by the sounds of your beautiful song,

beginningless and endless.

I bow deeply to you. 

“You” refers to a flower, a dahlia. That morning he passded by a fence, he saw that little flower deeply and, struck by the sight of it, he stopped and wrote that poem”

Flower Insights

“There is a story about a flower which is well known in the Zen circles. One day the Buddha held up a flower in front of an audience of 1,250 monks and nuns. He did not say anything for quite a long time. The audience was perfectly silent. Everyone seemed to be thinking hard, trying to see the meaning behind the Buddha’s gesture. Then, suddenly, the Buddha smiled. He smiled because someone in the audience smiled at him and at the flower. The name of that monk was Mahakashyapa. He was the only person who smiled, and the Buddha smiled back and said,”I have a treasure of insight, and I have transmitted it to Mahakashyapa.” That story has been disscussed by many generations of Zen students, and people continue to look for its meaning. To me the meaning is quite simple. When someone holds up a flower and shows it to you, he wants you to see it. If you keep thinking, you miss the flower. The person who was not thinking, who was just himself, was able to encounter the flower in depth, and he smiled.”

“That is the problem of life. If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. When a child presents himself to you with his smile,if you are not really there-thinking about the future or the past-then the child is not really there for you. The technique of being alive is to go back to yourself in order for the child to appear like a marvelous reality. Then you can see him smile and you can embrace him in your arms.”

 

 

 

 

Colorado and Washington state in no hurry to categorize Marijuana as as farm product…http://www.denverpost.com/marijuana/ci_25098995/marijuana-farmers-unlikely-see-farm-tax-perks

Colorado marijuana farmers unlikely to see farm tax perks

By KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press

Posted:   02/09/2014 11:12:44 AM MST5 comments | Updated:   about 16 hours ago

Marijuana plants at BotanaCare 21  in Northglenn.

Marijuana plants at BotanaCare 21 in Northglenn. (Craig F. Walker, Denver Post file photo)

Marijuana farmers and agricultural tax breaks are the next wrinkle facing the states that have legal weed as lawmakers debate how to tax the product while it’s growing.

Legislatures in both Colorado and Washington are taking a look at pot farmers this session.

The states have already decided how to tax finished marijuana. But they are still mulling taxes as pot is produced, such as how the land on which marijuana is grown should be assessed for property taxes.

Some lawmakers in both states say marijuana growers shouldn’t be eligible for any taxation perks afforded to farmers that grow conventional crops. Others say that marijuana while it’s growing should be treated like the hops and barley that go on to become highly taxed alcohol.

Colorado lawmakers delayed a vote last week on whether marijuana greenhouses should be considered agricultural or commercial property. The bill, meant to codify the already-common practice of assessing conventional nurseries and greenhouses, ran into confusion when its sponsor added a last-minute amendment to ban pot growers from getting the advantage.

Republican Sen. Kevin Grantham said he wanted pot growers to “not see any benefit from the ag designation.”

Grantham opposed marijuana legalization in 2012, but said his latest effort to block marijuana tax breaks isn’t a knock on the growers. Instead, he says, he simply wanted to keep the focus of his bill on traditional crops and avoid a marijuana debate.

“It’s not the fight we’re fighting right now,” Grantham said before his bill was first heard. Later the same day, while explaining his bill to colleagues, Grantham joked that his effort backfired, and that the pot language was “quickly growing to be the fun part of this bill now, apparently.”

Washington lawmakers, meanwhile, are considering a bill to prohibit marijuana growers from qualifying for agriculture tax breaks for 10 years—giving the state time to collect information and make a decision.

The states flouting federal drug law and establishing commercial pot industries have settled how to tax marijuana once it’s dried and ready to smoke. But how to tax growing marijuana and the land it’s grown on is still under debate.

“We’re too early in the process to make a determination how to do this right,” said Meg Sanders, owner of Gaia Plant-Based Medicine in Denver.

Sanders owns a three-store chain of medical marijuana dispensaries and a 35,000-square-foot warehouse in Denver where her marijuana is grown. Denver considers marijuana growing sites commercial property, while a warehouse growing commercial tomatoes or lettuce is considered “other agriculture.”

The difference for tax purposes is significant, though rates vary by county.

“I believe that retail marijuana should be treated as any other agricultural crop in a state where it is legal. It is a plant, just like any other plant grown for consumption,” Sanders said.

Colorado voters last year overwhelmingly approved steep taxes on finished marijuana, which is taxed at least 25 percent, in addition to local taxes. But Colorado law is still murky on how growing marijuana should be taxed.

Grantham believes marijuana producers should enjoy none of the property tax perks afforded to conventional farmers. Others point out that alcohol is highly taxed, but the hops and barley raised to make it qualify for agriculture tax rates.

“Why should this be any different?” asked Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Westminster. Ulibarri’s district includes many marijuana warehouses located along Interstate 70 just north of Denver.

Grantham’s bill awaits a vote in the Senate Finance Committee. The agriculture assessment change wouldn’t cost the state any money, and almost all local assessors already use the agricultural property tax category for conventional greenhouses and nurseries. Any differing tax collections would be felt at the county level, with no estimates available. Current Colorado law says that medical marijuana growers are eligible for no agricultural tax breaks, but the law is silent on how recreational pot land should be taxed.

In Washington, lawmakers have yet to vote on a bill prohibiting marijuana growers from qualifying for agriculture tax breaks.

Washington officials estimate that the industry could currently qualify for three dozen different tax breaks, largely surrounding agricultural production. But a state House committee is exploring a bill that would block those tax breaks for 10 years.

Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle, a sponsor of the bill, said he doesn’t think the tax preferences were designed to help the marijuana industry, which is currently under development.

“I don’t know that we have a problem in the marketplace that these exemptions would be designed to fix,” said Carlyle, who represents portions of Seattle.

Washington officials estimate that the new rules would increase state and local tax revenues by a combined $3.5 million over the span of one year.

Washington lawmakers have not scheduled any votes on the bill.

Both states voted in 2012 to legalize and regulate the recreational use of pot by adults over 21, with retail marijuana shops allowed. Sales began Jan. 1 in Colorado and are due to begin in Washington in the coming months.

Marijuana in Washington will be taxed 25 percent at three possible transfer points from production to retail sale, plus sales taxes. Colorado voters approved a 25 percent sales and excise tax on finished marijuana, plus local taxes.

Hemp Farming in Denver, Colorado

 

 Denver Farmers, Go get your licensing to grow the next big industry. If I had some farmable land, I would be on this boat in a second. 

Hemp! I really want to farm hemp. Seriously, this could open so many more options for us as a whole. Think of all the really great uses hemp has, and all along providing more sustainability, and resource management. There are stories popping up everywhere about the plans to allow hemp back into the farming industry! 

Colorado Department of Agriculture recently released licensing procedures for those interested in farming Hemp. Isn’t this great!   

 Kentucky is now allowing Hemp farming to grow. In april 2013 Kentucky law was re written to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. Kentucky’s first crop was Hemp, it only makes sense to get back to your roots on this one! 

 

 

                                              

Now Markets that are lost to imports can grow again,bringing jobs, business, and life back to your local community. Essentially this plant can grow anywhere, in any conditions, and therefore is a very valuable crop to farmers around the globe. This plant is alive, it wants to grow. And it does just that. And continues to grow, as a conversation, a medicine, a great resource, every day we let it. 

 

Sources:

http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/Pages_from_farm0127.pdf

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25010188/hemp-going-legit-some-wonder-if-pot-is

http://www.hemp.com/2013/11/coloradoclarify-laws-on-growing-hemp/http://www.hemp.com/2013/11/coloradoclarify-laws-on-growing-hemp/

Hemp is getting federal approval in the new farm bill! Follow the link to the news video…http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/02/05/as-states-weigh-legalizing-marijuana-the-feds-legalize-hemp/

As states weigh legalizing marijuana, the feds legalize hemp
BY JEFF SIMON
February 5 at 9:44 am
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It might be a long time before the federal government legalizes recreational marijuana. But once President Obama signs the new five-year farm bill that won passage in the Senate on Tuesday, its less controversial cousin, hemp, will have the all-clear.
A short clause buried deep in the 959-page bill authorizes colleges and universities to grow industrial hemp for research purposes, so long as their state permits the growth and cultivation of the plant.
Right now, that’s nine states: California, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia, Vermont, and Maine. Another 11 states have bills pending before their legislatures this year.
Ed O’Keefe contributed to this report.

Marijuana has always had the power to change history

The history of marijuana always seemed interesting to me. Then I grew up and realized it is. In fact so interesting that it’s amazing its history at all. However, here in beautiful Denver, Colorado we are starting to see why the farmers way back when we’re encouraged to grow hemp on their farms. Duh! It’s obviously one of the most useful plants america has known of. And ya know government likes money so… You’d think they’d have took it a little further. With cannabis sativas almost infinite uses (including great insulative properties, food,fuel,cleaning the air,soil quality,construction, reducing the use of toxic farm chemicals,protecting forests,clothing,building material,jewelry making,medicinal properties, and oh yeah by the way its an excellent source of nutrition and youll feel real nice through it all) not only does it make sense to grow it makes sense why a new nation still learning about the land and it’s endless love and with a trying road ahead would want to invest in the farming of hemp. And they did. Until they didn’t.

“The Virginia Company, by decree of King James I in 1619, ordered every colonist to grow 100 plants specifically for export. Thus, England’s only colony in America began to grow hemp in order to meet this obligation and, soon, to serve a growing demand in other colonies. George Washington grew hemp at Mount Vernon as one of his three primary crops. The use of hemp for rope and fabric was ubiquitous throughout the 18th and 19th centuries in the United States. Medicinal preparations of cannabis became available in American pharmacies in the 1850s following an introduction to its use in Western medicine by William O’Shaughnessy a decade earlier in 1839.” -Wikipedia (Deitch, Robert (2003). Hemp – American History Revisited. New York City: Algora Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 0-87586-206-3.)

Increased restrictions and labeling of cannabis as a poison began in many states from 1906 onward. Prohibitions began in the 1920s. By the mid-1930s Cannabis was regulated as a drug in every state, including 35 states that adopted the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, Pub. 238, 75th Congress, 50 Stat. 551 (Aug. 2, 1937) was a United States Act that placed a tax on the sale of cannabis.

After the Philippines fell to Japanese forces in 1942, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army urged farmers to grow hemp fiber and tax stamps for cultivation were issued to farmers. Without any change in the Marijuana Tax Act, over 400,000 acres of hemp were cultivated between 1942 and 1945. The last commercial hemp fields were planted in Wisconsin in 1957. Just watch hemp for victory, a 1943 film for farmers. A film that teaches about hemps history before the states and see for yourself. The film encourages farmers to grow hemp and briefly describes the various methods they can choose to use that have proven good.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0xHCkOnn-A&feature=youtube_gdata_player)

Got to love that special tax stamp for a dollar. Maybe in 1942 but last time I checked it was about 30% here in sunny Colorado. However, with an instate ID or a red card you can knock that down to 15%, which is a relatively fair rate. Considering. Many dispensaries have to carry a lot of cash due to banks not accepting “drug money” and the fact that some of that money is going directly to the community boosting the economy as well as keeping ppl off other easily attainable drugs (you know the real drugs…pharmacuticals and the like.) I’m still debating whether or not it is better to give my hard earned money for medicinal marijuana to dispensaries and recreational stores over my buddy, friend, “hippy stoner kid” , because the tax is just out of the roof, and again you must be part of their system. Still, it has a come a far way from harmless kids and adults alike going to jail for getting high. And this Is progress. Usually the tokers are way more informative than any doctor I’ve been too. “You need to sleep more?..here smoke this.” “You need to eat more smoke this, headache….smoke this. ” I much rather know what is going into my body, proven not to have horrendous side effects than getting random chemicals, who knows what else inside that pill prescribed by a supposedly scholared Phd. Here’s some things they don’t teach you in med school. There’s a reason why too, profit.

So after they decided it was a good and economical idea to grow hemp, why on earth would they have stopped. This is where it usually gets interesting. Government bans drinking, prohibition causes them to lose money, they un-ban it. Sounds about right. So why did they choose to keep it banned till 2014. Not only have they collected money from the war on drugs, they have put many a good people in jail using our tax dollars to keep them there for smoking in their own home,or growing,. I still can’t imagine that the money made doing this would equal half that as if they would have continued the cultivation of marijuana creating an economy that today would look a lot nicer than it currently does. In my humble opinion I think America made a huge mistake turning their back on the farming of hemp in pursuit of money and control, it’s greed.

“Anyone concerned about the failure of our 69-billion-a-year War on Drugs should watch this 12-minute program. You will meet front line ranking police officers who give us a devastating report on why it cannot work. It is a must see for any journalist or public official dealing with this issue” -Walter Cronkite

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LayaGk0TMDc&feature=youtube_gdata_player)

“In 1936 the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) noticed an increase of reports of people smoking marijuana, which further increased in 1937. The Bureau drafted a legislative plan for Congress seeking a new law, and the head of the FBN, Harry J. Anslinger, ran a campaign against marijuana” – Wikipedia

(“Harry J. Anslinger, U. S. Commissioner of Narcotics and Will Oursler : The Murderers, the story of the narcotic gangs, Pages: 541-554, 1961”.)

( Hempology.org. 1945-04-26. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
“Additional Statement of H.J. Anslinger, Commissioner of Narcotics”. Druglibrary.org. Retrieved 2006-03-25.)

“Newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst’s empire of newspapers began publishing what is known as “yellow journalism”, demonizing the cannabis plant and putting emphasis on connections between cannabis and violent crime. Several scholars argue that the goal was to destroy the hemp industry,largely as an effort of Hearst, Andrew Mellon and the Du Pont family. They argue that with the invention of the decorticator hemp became a very cheap substitute for the wood pulp that was used in the newspaper industry.They also believe that Hearst felt that this was a threat to his extensive timber holdings. Mellon was Secretary of the Treasury, as well as the wealthiest man in America, and had invested heavily in nylon, DuPont’s new synthetic fiber. He considered nylon’s success to depend on its replacement of the traditional resource, hemp” -wikipedia

“In 1973 President Richard Nixon’s “Reorganization Plan Number Two” proposed the creation of a single federal agency to enforce federal drug laws and Congress accepted the proposal, as there was concern regarding the growing availability of drugs.As a result, on July 1, 1973, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) and the Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (ODALE) merged to create the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).On December 1, 1975, the Supreme Court ruled that it was “not cruel or unusual for Ohio to sentence someone to 20 years for having or selling cannabis.”-wikipedia

“In 1976 California law reduced the penalty for personal possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a felony to a citable misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $100. Possession of more than an ounce was made a misdemeanor, making the maximum fine $500 and/or six months in jail. After the law went into effect, the state’s annual spending towards marijuana laws went down 74%. Prior to the law, the state had been spending from $35 million to $100 million” -wikipedia

“During the Reagan Administration the Sentencing Reform Act provisions of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 created the Sentencing Commission, which established mandatory sentencing guidelines. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 reinstated mandatory prison sentences, including large scale cannabis distribution. Later an amendment created a three-strikes law, which created mandatory 25-years imprisonment for repeated serious crimes – including certain drug offenses- and allowed the death penalty to be used against “drug kingpins.” -wikipedia

“In 1996 California voters passed Proposition 215, which legalized medical cannabis. The Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative was created to “provide seriously ill patients with a safe and reliable source of medical cannabis, information and patient support” in accordance with Proposition 215.
In January 1998 the U.S. Government sued Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative for violating federal laws created as a result of Controlled Substances Act of 1970. On May 14, 2001, the United States Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Coop that federal anti-drug laws do not permit an exception for medical cannabis and rejected the common-law medical necessity defense to crimes enacted under the Controlled Substances Act because Congress concluded cannabis has “no currently accepted medical use” when the act was passed in 1970.” -wikipedia

“In 1978 Robert Randall sued the federal government for arresting him for using cannabis to treat his glaucoma. The judge ruled Randall needed cannabis for medical purposes and required the Food and Drug Administration set up a program to grow cannabis on a farm at the University of Mississippi and to distribute 300 cannabis cigarettes a month to Randall. In 1992 George H. W. Bush discontinued the program after Randall tried to make AIDS patients eligible for the program. Thirteen people were already enrolled and were allowed to continue receiving cannabis cigarettes; today the government still ships cannabis cigarettes to seven people. Irvin Rosenfeld, who became eligible to receive cannabis from the program in 1982 to treat rare bone tumors, urged the George W. Bush administration to reopen the program; however, he was unsuccessful.”  -wikipedia

In 1973 Oregon decriminalized cannabis. Laws changed again in 1995 that reduced penalties. Colorado, Alaska, Ohio, and California followed suit in 1975. By 1978 Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, and Nebraska had some form of cannabis decriminalization.

“On November 6, 2012, Colorado Amendment 64 (2012) was passed by initiative, thereby legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed two bills on May 28, 2013 that made Colorado the world’s first fully regulated recreational cannabis market for adults. Hickenlooper explained to the media: “Certainly, this industry will create jobs. Whether it’s good for the brand of our state is still up in the air. But the voters passed Amendment 64 by a clear majority. That’s why we’re going to implement it as effectively as we possibly can.” In its independent analysis, the Colorado Center on Law & Policy found that the state could expect a to see “$60 million in total combined savings and additional revenue for Colorado’s budget with a potential for this number to double after 2017” – Wikipedia

“On February 5, 2013 Colorado representative Jared Polis introduced Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013 (H.R. 499; 113th Congress), a bill that would decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, instead treating it as a substance to be regulated in a similar manner to alcohol. The act has not been approved by the Congress” -Wikipedia

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ending_Federal_Marijuana_Prohibition_Act_of_2013_(H.R._499;_113th_Congress)

So, here we are today. Fighting to continue the restoration of our right to grow. In 1619 kings ordered farmers to grow, by 1942 farmers were watching films on why hemp is the best crop to grow. Then something took a turn and around 1936 certain powers realized they could be out of business due to the fact that marijuana was so useful it could save forests from the devastating effects that later came from wood pulp for paper production. Hemp farming threatened the very existence of companies looking to make a big buck on land resources. Dupont had money invested in synthetic fibers which hemp can also replace, for much less. As the truth came out about hemps potential, the powers that be quickly saw and redirected the stereotypes to fit their needs. Ignoring the needs of the people, and country America set out to blacklist the marijuana industry.

It is baffling how our government does business. If they aren’t the only ones making money…they pass bogus laws to continue enslaving us to the machine. That’s fine we will adapt, we will be patient, we will grow anyways, we will smoke anyways, and rise above it. WE have the power to change history. We know that money isn’t power or happiness. With that knowledge we will find an even better solution to all the solutions our government divided up into problems. Just as the government took action to control marijuana farming, thus creating more problems such as crime and countless victims spending time and money on fines and jail time
, they seek to control our food as well, for profit of course (more on why the farming industry used to be a solution but now is a problem later). With the re introduction of hemp farming we could change the world. Bring back the good ol’ days, so to speak. Only better because we are more aware and conscious of our actions and the destruction or peace they can cause.