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Medical marijuana gardens suffering after lengthy, hot summer

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The start of fall this past weekend brought relief not just for heat-stricken Colorado residents, but for their indoor medical marijuana gardens as well.

Cannabis grows across the Front Range have been suffering from heat stress, bug issues and mold problems, resulting in a decrease in summer production that has some medical marijuana dispensaries either limiting how much marijuana non-members can purchase or simply halting non-member sales altogether.

Ry Prichard, founder of Colorado-based KindReviews.com, gets into medical marijuana dispensary gardens regularly to photograph flowers in bloom for his website, and he's seen the damage firsthand. This summer wasn't unique just for the heat, he explains; the surplus of herb that Colorado was enjoying at this time last year is nonexistent this year because of massive shifts in the industry.

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"Basically, people got into grows that were either not set up fully or too big for their A/C units, and it's been a summer of heat-stressed plants, [powdery mildew] and bugs," he says. "Most summers are like that, but this one was particularly hot and brutal, and lots of centers were in transition because of the fed letters, license transfers, etc. Lots of people are selling their shops and grows to get out of the game, and the people buying them have no idea what problems existed there and how poor the environment was."

Prichard also says he's seen a lot of pest problems in gardens that aren't being addressed, adding that it's becoming an industry-wide issue.

"Even very on-point shops that I've normally never seen [powdery mildew and other pests] with were having issues this year, " he said. "People are so short on meds that scrapping a whole room that got bugs is just not happening, because they'd have to close their shop for two months. As a result, the wholesale that's going around is something I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. Many good shops are forced to buy that shit and put it on their regular menu with regular prices and they're losing customers as a result."

I've noticed this msyelf when reviewing centers. A couple of weeks ago, I visited The Retreat, which had some very underwhelming strains on the shelf that owners chalked up to a rough summer. And last month, when I went to check Denver's Higher Ground, the shop was down to only two strains on the shelves. It's been able to restock to some degree since then, but Higher Ground's shortages were indicative of a larger problem in the industry. Numerous patients have told us that they think the lack of surplus meds currently has forced some shops to raise prices on cannabis.

Other shops, like the Clinic, have limited non-member purchases to small amounts and are capping a number of strains at an eighth max per non-member. As for Denver Relief, owner Ean Seeb says his staff didn't think it was fair to raise prices on non-members, as some shops had been doing. So instead, the center has suspended sales of flowers and concentrates to non-members altogether. Non-members can still purchase edibles and vaporizer products, he explained.

"We have a priority to provide medicine to those who have asked us to grow for them," he adds. "Our first priority is to serve those patients. We recognize that it's not an ideal situation, but we're doing our best to accommodate everyone."

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical-marijuana-is-illegal ruling impacts new case, prompts letter to state, federal leaders" and "Marijuana: Amendment 64 opponents, backers fueled by controversial out-of-state money"; "Medical marijuana: Guide to mold, mildew and mites will help you discover what's in your ganja."



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Fortune
Fortune

You guys are allowed to grow weed and you can't do it properly.  Unbelievable to be honest.

 

I guess it comes down to motivation.  The few of us that grow out of love and passion will get it right more times than not.

 

Fortune 

 

 

thedawg
thedawg

And since the stupid dispensaries can't offset problems with their large grows by  going to the smaller independent grows (which are producing some amazing Cannabis BTW), due to 1284, they are kinda screwed until they can get there house in order...

 

Honestly, the independent small growers are the way to go, better product, better prices, better service...

commonsense
commonsense

shit, most of these crappy places sell bunk weed most of the time anyways. I mentioned to a grow that they should switch to a nocturnal schedule to avoid heat... their response: " that's not a bad idea." morons.

Monkey
Monkey

Back in the old days, many growers would shut down for the summer. These days, with the higher demand, growers don't have that option. It's fairly easy for small gardeners to adjust for our summer months and keep everything clean, but equipment can get pricey. Prevention is the key, when a large commercial grow is fighting a problem instead of preventing one, it can turn into a losing battle real fast. The residual effects of summer problems will be felt well into winter. There are no regulations preventing stores from selling contaminated weed, when they get bugs and mold/mildew, the pesticides and inhibitors they use are often worse than the problem itself.

IcePick
IcePick

 @Monkey Yea, you are so right... it was much better when we could only by brick weed from Mexico.  That stuff NEVER had any mold or human excrement on it.....

IcePick
IcePick

 @Monkey Yes on 64 - it keeps the Mexican schwag in Mexico!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @Jake  @IcePick Jake, can you please let me know if I am interpreting the current statutes and the A64 text correctly?

 

Donkey has been posting on Huffington Post with anti-A64 stuff and I want to make sure that I haven't missed anything. 

 

Donkey refuses to acknowledge that decrim is still illegality, but I keep posting replies because other readers might not understand the concept.

 

I notice that Donkey has been pushing the issue of 18 to 20 year olds getting busted under A 64.  If someone under 21 needs marijuana for a medical reason, they can still use it legally under Amendment 20, right?  A64 does not eliminate A20 protections, correct?

Jake
Jake

 @kevin_hunt  @IcePick

 This is a waste of time, she has her opinions and won't be swayed.  She has no interest in engaging in true debate and just resolved to personal, bitter insults.  I would be happy to read and engage in debate with her here if she could do it as an adult vs. a petulant child.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @Monkey   I'll pose the question to you, since Donkey seems to think that the current decriminalization means that weed is legal.

 

Do you agree that A64 legalizes possession of one ounce and the cultivation of six plants, which is currently illegal without a doctor's recommendation?

 

Under current Colorado law (18-18-406 (1)): "Possession of less than 2 ounces is a Class 2 petty offense that is punishable by a maximum fine of $100. The offender will be summoned and a court appearance is mandatory."

 

Under A64 : THE FOLLOWING ACTS ARE NOT UNLAWFUL ....POSSESSING,....ONE OUNCE OR LESS OF MARIJUANA.

 

 Under Current Colorado Law (  C.R.S. 18-18-406 ss 7.5.) : "a person shall not knowingly cultivate, grow, or produce a marijuana plant or knowingly allow a marijuana plant to be cultivated, grown, or produced on land that the person owns, occupies, or controls. A person who violates the provisions of this subsection (7.5) commits: (a)  A class 1 misdemeanor, if the offense involves six or fewer plants"

 

Under A64,

, THE FOLLOWING ACTS ARE NOT UNLAWFUL ...POSSESSING, GROWING, PROCESSING, OR TRANSPORTING NO MORE THAN SIX MARIJUANA PLANTS, WITH THREE OR FEWER BEING MATURE, FLOWERING PLANTS,

 

 

Monkey
Monkey

 @kevin_hunt  @IcePick Tell your master I said hi. I wonder why he/she got kicked off of westword, (it) would have never volunteered to stop posting here. I kind of suspect it was a suspension and (it) will be back. I think it's funny that when (it) stopped posting here, the posts were cut in half, I wonder how many names (it) was posting under.

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