Nico’s Nuggets: Grow Some Weed This Summer!

Hello, Nico!

Thanks for all the great grow articles; I’ve learned so much about marijuana from HIGH TIMES over the years! I am wondering if it is too late for me to grow a plant or two outside this summer and get a harvest come Autumn? I have a back deck that gets sunlight most of the day. We live in Tennessee. I started some bag seed, and the seedlings are nearly six inches in height now. What should I do?

Thanks & keep up the good work,

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Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a ‘National Emergency’

BY JILL COVIN AND JONATHAN LEMIRE

ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency” and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic.

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Creeper Pace for Texas Medical Marijuana Program

It has been a long, slow ride for patients hoping to get access to cannabis in the Lone Star State—and then, just special strains of low-THC cannabis and only for those suffering from “intractable epilepsy.”

Three dispensaries are hoping to get final approval from Texas authorities to start cultivating next month. Of course, it will be several more months before they can actually begin distributing—and then ambiguities in the law may mean further delays.

Activists and lawmakers are pushing both to clear things up and expand the scope of the program.

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Is the Weed Industry Too Lucrative to Be Illegal?

Photo by Vortex Farmacy.

CBS recently did a story about a California man who was selling off his huge retail store. The first offer to buy it came from someone who wants to turn the vast space in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains into an indoor weed farm.

The realtor, a conservative churchgoer, initially balked at the deal; the store-owner jumped at it.

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2 More Medical Marijuana Licenses Awarded in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Department of Health has licensed two additional medical marijuana treatment centers.

Spokeswoman Mara Gambineri said Wednesday that Treadwell Nursey in Eustis and the Arcadia-based Sun Bulb Nurseries have received letters of approval. Plants of Ruskin and 3 Boys Farm, both in Ruskin, received their approvals last week.

The five new licenses in the first round are going to applicants from 2015 who scored within a point of the top applicant or those who have been in legal or administrative challenges.

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Pot Matters: Opioid Deaths Continue to Increase

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports that deaths from drug overdoses continue to increase, from 16.7 per 100,000 in the third quarter of 2015 to 19.9 in the third quarter of 2016. Roughly 60 percent of these deaths are from opioids (mostly fentanyl and heroin).

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which contains the NCHS, estimates a total of 52,404 fatal overdoses in 2015. Data obtained from state agencies by the New York Times indicates there will be over 59,000 overdose deaths reported for 2016.

The death rate from overdoses had already increased from 12.3 per 100,000 in 2010 to 16.3 per 100,000 in 2015. The Washington Post reported on a study from a University of Virginia professor, suggesting that death rates for 2014 may be 24 percent greater than reported totals, indicating a far worse opioid problem than presented by the CDC data.

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Man Lights Up a Joint in Portland Courtroom, Disrupts Murder Trial

Thomas Paine, one of the Founding Fathers, said: “Common sense is a flower that doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden.”

It became apparent that one young man’s garden lacked that flower when he lit up a joint in a courtroom in Portland, Oregon during the hearing of a tragic shooting death of a 17-year-old boy.

The 30-something smoker apparently thought it was cool because, after all, weed is legal in Oregon, right?

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Concern over Pot Cultivation Eco-Impacts—But EPA Won’t Regulate

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Pollution from outlaw cannabis grows deep in California’s national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into virtual toxic waste dumps. That’s the sobering assessment of an Aug. 6 Reuters report on the mounting ecological impacts of outdoor cultivation in the Golden State, which accounts for upwards of 90 percent of illegal marijuana production nationwide.

These impacts have increased along with the expansion of the cannabis economy. Ecologist Mourad Gabriel, who studies the question for the U.S. Forest Service, told Reuters he estimates that California’s forests hold 41 times more solid fertilizers and 80 times more liquid pesticides than investigators found in 2013.

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Strain Review: Empire Wellness CBD

Empire Wellness is creating some of the most flavorful and aromatic products that I’ve tried so far in the CBD isolate world.

Infused with a selection of cannabis terpenes, the 99% pure CBD isolate crystals hold onto some power on the nose and tongue. Empire Wellness offers pure and infused CBD isolates, live resin CBD wax, oils, terpenes, candy gummies and much more. I picked up some CBD live resin wax, as well a few citrus-based CBD isolate flavors.

Let me break them down.

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Report: Homeless People Used as ‘Guinea Pigs’ to Test Synthetic Marijuana

“Synthetic marijuana” is the catch-all term used to describe plant material dosed with some kind of chemical concoction, ingestion of which has some kind of psychoactive effect on the user.

Vague? Absolutely. Potentially hazardous, a bad idea and a strong argument for legalization of actual marijuana? Right all around—but in the meantime, the market inefficiency presented by human beings’ universal demand for cannabis coupled with a lack of access means there will always be room for unscrupulous sellers of spurious chemical cocktails to make a profit.

At the same time, drug sellers are like any other legitimate merchant: They need repeat customers. They also need, if not quality-control exactly, some kind of data on their product.

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