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3 Beginner Grow Tips of the Week | April 18, 2017

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Tuesday’s tips for beginner growers are brought to you by HIGH TIMES Cultivation Editor Nico Escondido.  1. Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) can be used to fight insects on plants. A solution of up to five percent H2O2 sufficiently scares pests off but is completely harmless to plants as a foliar spray. 2. Halfway through its life, a leaf’s photosynthesis starts to slow. It takes in less nourishment for itself and starts sending its nutrients and sugars to the young leaves, shoots and any place of shortage. It will continue to do so until it falls off the plant. 3. It is natural for a cannabis plant’s leaves to turn yellow towards the end of the flower cycle. This is due to a lack of nitrogen, which the plant needs less of during the end of its life cycle. Bigger, wilting, yellow fan leaves can be

All the Reasons Why You Should Celebrate 4/20 In Vegas

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This piece was co-created by Michelle Janikian and Catherine Goldberg. 4/20 is only days away—and what better way to celebrate the “high holiday” than heading to Sin City? The state of Nevada legalized adult use cannabis during the November election, and while there’s no rec dispensaries open yet, medical dispensaries honor medical marijuana cards from around the country. Adult use cannabis is expected to be available as soon as this summer, but since January 1, 2017, anyone over 21 can legally possess up to 1 ounce of flower and 1/8th of concentrate. Here’s the plan: get a room on the strip to be in the center of the action. According to kushtourism.com, there are plenty of cannabis-friendly lodging options on Las Vegas Blvd South. Then, first things first, download the app Cannabis in Ve

Radical Rant: The Babiest Step Forward Beats Prohibition Status Quo

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“If anybody asks you to sign or vote for any law that keeps putting people in prison, you vote no! That’s not legalization, that’s regulation!” It’s a sentiment I heard expressed onstage at the Boise Hempfest on Saturday. It’s safe to say that in a prohibition-oppressed red state like Idaho, that rallying cry got a far less enthusiastic response than in states where marijuana has been medically accepted for almost two decades. One of the biggest impediments to our movement has been our own zeal for the righteousness of ending cannabis prohibition. It’s not just that the prohibition is so wrong, we understand, but also that the promotion of cannabis is so right! It’s the medicine that cures cancers and epilepsy, and the textile that replaces oil and plastic, and the relaxant that’s safer th

Homeland Security Chief: We’ll Absolutely Deport People for Marijuana

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John Kelly’s tenure as a reasonable person with sound and sane views on marijuana lasted less than 48 hours. On Sunday, the Homeland Security chief won fans in drug-reform circles with his statement that cannabis is “not a factor” in America’s drug war—not with opiate overdoses killing more people than auto accidents across the country, and certainly not with a multibillion-dollar, legal domestic cannabis industry—and then went a step further, declaring on NBC’s Meet the Press that “the solution is not arresting a lot of users.” “The solution,” he said, “is a comprehensive drug demand reduction program in the United States that involves every man and woman of goodwill. And then rehabilitation. And then law enforcement. And then getting at the poppy fields and the coca fields in the south.”

Mischief Not Managed: Real Harry Potter Busted for Pot

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Will the real Harry Potter please get off your Firebolt and show the officer the contents of your Hogwart’s backpack?!? A 19-year-old muggle in York, England, whose parents obviously named him after the most famous wizard in the world, was recently arrested for possessing and selling weed. Harry Potter was stopped in January when a local officer from the Department of Magical Enforcement—or a British bobby—noticed “a strong smell of cannabis” as the teenager whizzed by on his moped. According to UK Metro News, after flagging down Potter’s motorbike, the officer searched him and found three wraps of cannabis and £70 (about $90) in cash. How a police officer connected the possession of such a small amount of weed and $90 with “an intent to supply” is anyone’s guess. But Harry got arrested, a

Investigation Reveals IRS Forfeits Totally Legal Money

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An investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department‘s Inspector General for Tax Administration, launched under pressure of litigation brought by the libertarian-leaning Institute for Justice, maddeningly finds that the Internal Revenue Service has been using asset forfeiture to confiscate millions of dollars from businesses that committed no crimes. The libertarian-oriented website Reason breaks it down in detail, stating that “between 2012 and 2014, IRS investigators seized hundreds of bank accounts from business owners based on nothing but a suspicious pattern of deposits. In more than 90 percent of those cases, the money was completely legal.” In several cases, innocent business owners had their life savings seized by the IRS for violating so-called “anti-structuring” rules, intended to s

Do Arizona Police Have A Drug-Sniffing Lizard?

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Police across America are confronting an inconvenient truth: Drug-sniffing dogs are bad at sniffing out drugs. Across the country, records of K-9 units are rife with false positives. And even better than being erratic, drug dogs (or their handlers) also suffer from pronounced racial bias. According to a Chicago Tribune review, drug dogs were almost twice as likely to falsely alert to a suspect if he or she was Latino. This sounds bad. It almost sounds like a violation of civil rights. From a law-enforcement perspective, this is just fine. What most police departments are really after is easily forfeitable cash, and since most money in circulation in America has some trace of drugs on it—as much as 90 percent of the country’s paper money is contaminated with at least a trace level of coca

Watch: Episode 3 of ‘Growing Exposed’—Double Decked Growing

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Host Amanda Mackay reveals one of first licensed producers in Washington State in this third episode of Growing Exposed. Created by film producer Jeremy Deichen, this series documents various garden tours giving you an insider’s look at the world of cannabis growing. It’s not everyday that we compare a double-decker bus to a cannabis garden. But in this episode we do just that, as we explore the idea of vertical stacking. In vertical gardening, the plants are layered to the ceiling, increasing the canopy area, while maintaining the same square footage. As I did my research, I found out that this type of system has already been around for over 100 years…  So I must say, although the system might not be groundbreaking, this garden still has a reason to be considered a pioneer in the industr

Albanian Police Destroy 2.5 Million Marijuana Plants

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TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prosecutor’s office says 10 police officers and eight customs officials have been arrested for organizing illegal drugs traffic to nearby Italy. A statement Monday said those arrested “had a form of cooperation” in two cases when trucks in Italy were found with 10 metric tons (11 tons) of cannabis after crossing from or through Albania. They face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of drug trafficking. Last year, Albanian authorities destroyed about 2.5 million marijuana plants, four times more than the year before, and seized several metric tons of cannabis at border crossing points or from boats bound for neighboring Greece and Italy. But despite increased measures this year, dozens of tons of the drug have been seized in Italy or Greece after passing t

How to Pick the Right Marijuana Stocks

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This article was originally published on Benzinga. The cannabis industry is blooming, and so are many of the publicly traded stocks in the field. However, picking the right stocks is a challenge; you don’t want to buy the hype, but instead, a stake in a real company, with a long-term business plan and a proven management team. Unfortunately, these types of companies are not so easy to come across, as the industry is still nascent. Thus, a large number of investors get caught up in investments that are virtually worthless, or highly overvalued. Fortunately, Benzinga’s Javier Hasse recently asked Leslie Bocskor, investment banker and president of cannabis advisory firm Electrum Partners, how individual investors could make sure they were placing their bets on the right proverbial horses. Can