Just like distilling alcohol, growing the “Ganja” has a whole other set of rules and regulations along with of course, fees, permits and taxes. The Marijuana industry puts billions of dollars into the economy with growing probably the #1 source.
Firstly, understand that the growing of cannabis is like other crops with the goal of growing to harvest quickly to get the product to market. Depending on what part of the country you grow in and it’s climate, will depend a lot on the method of growing. Cannabis has a growing cycle which is attributed to the amount of light the plant gets. The goal is to get the plant to flower as quickly as possible in order to harvest. Flowering takes place when the plant senses fall is coming with the reduced amount of light it receives. Growing outdoors allows you 1 harvest a year as nature controls the amount of sunlight, however growing indoors in an enclosed environment where you control the light, you can get multiple harvests per year.
Indoor growing, your plants are smaller and generally go from start to finish anywhere from 9 to 11 weeks depending on the strain. Plants are usually established beforehand during the vegetative growth giving them over 18 hours of light and then transferred to the flowering stage of 12 hours.
Outdoor growing the plant is in mother natures control Just like trees grow leaves in the spring, so does cannabis. In the late Summer, plants sense the lack of daylight and turn their attention to flowering with the goal of being pollinated to produce seeds, however, cannabis wants to be kept from seeding which takes away from the production of the psychoactive ingredients which is what most growers are looking for.
Growing indoors is a costly method in which you control the environment. Lights, climate control, irrigation and pest control can be costly. Here is where the growing of this plant adds to the economy. The electricity that is needed to run everything, the products such as lights, air conditioners, fans, pumps, nutrients, soil, pesticides, the list goes on and on with the amount of investment that must be made for an indoor grow, not to mention the labor. All this adds to the local economy.
Each and every plant you grow needs to be tracked. Just like the milk we drink, each cow has a tracking number in case of a disease is found in your milk they can track it back to the source.As of this writing, All states but Washington use, The Franwell Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting & Compliance (METRC) inventory tracking system called Metric. METRC is a hosted, real-time system that uses serialized tags with barcode, human-readable and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags attached to every plant and labels attached to wholesale packages to track marijuana inventory. Each tag is attached to a plant to facilitate tracking through different stages of growth, as well the drying and curing processes.
Besides all the headaches of pests, disease, fees, permits, and taxes, your plants must be closely monitored as well. This means any trim dead leaves and so forth must be monitored. This is not all, your plant must be tested for chemical levels as well.
State Growing Permits