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Can You Donate or Receive a Kidney If You Use Cannabis?

Can You Donate or Receive a Kidney If You Use Cannabis?

Despite the incredible need for donor organs, recipients and donors who are also cannabis consumers have traditionally been turned away, but new research and state legislatures are changing that.

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How to Prune Cannabis Plants for Maximum Yields

How to Prune Cannabis Plants for Maximum Yields

Pruning is essential for improving the quality and yield of your cannabis plants. It’s an intimate practice between the gardener and the plant and allows you to closely look at your plants and check up on their health.

It might feel strange to intentionally cut off bits of your plant, but these parts won’t produce quality buds because they won’t receive a proper amount of light—they’ll get shaded out by the buds and foliage growing above.

Cutting off the branches will allow the plant to redirect its energy and resources to the quality buds that will receive plenty of light. You also want to prune off yellow or dead leaves on the plant—they have no use and will only waste the plant’s resources.

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How to Top Cannabis Plants for Better Yields

How to Top Cannabis Plants for Better Yields

Topping is a technique in horticulture in which you cut off the top part of a plant to halt its upward growth in order to promote lateral growth in the lower branches.

Although it may seem strange to cut off and throw away part of your cannabis plant, rest assured, topping is an essential step in keeping your plants healthy and getting quality yields.

We’ll dive into topping, as well as a similar plant training technique popularly called “fimming” or “FIMing” (short for “f**k I missed,” if you’re wondering), something that started as an accident but is also useful in the right circumstances.

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INDUSTRYPOLITICS Enough Talk! Congress Takes Action on Key Cannabis Legislation

INDUSTRYPOLITICS Enough Talk! Congress Takes Action on Key Cannabis Legislation

As state legalization measures in New York and New Jersey stumbled near the finish line this week, better news emerged from Washington, DC, as Congress made progress on two of the most prominent federal reform measures.

  • The House Rules Committee chairman has pledged to bring the STATES Act to a full House vote “within the next several weeks.”
  • After debating the measure for hours on Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee approved the SAFE Banking Acton a strong bipartisan vote of 45–15 on Thursday morning. The measure would ensure that financial institutions are not punished for providing banking services to state-regulated cannabis companies. The bill will now be considered by the full House, while its companion measure in the Senate remains blocked by the chair of the Senate banking committee.

Also this week, House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) indicated that support in the House was growing for the STATES Act, the leading vehicle for federal cannabis legalization. McGovern pledged to bring the measure to a full House vote “within the next several weeks.” The STATES Act would allow individual states that have legalized cannabis to regulate it as they please, without federal interference, while keeping prohibition in place in states that have not chosen to legalize.

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LA Could Spend Millions to Tackle Illegal Cannabis Market

LA Could Spend Millions to Tackle Illegal Cannabis Market

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayor Eric Garcetti said this week that Los Angeles is considering a major crackdown on illegal marijuana shops that have been bedeviling the city’s legal marketplace.

The move that could pump tens of millions of dollars into police enforcement comes as legal shops struggle to turn a profit while hundreds of illicit storefronts enjoy brisk sales, thanks to their typically cheaper, tax-free prices.

The legal shops “can’t get undercut every single day by everybody else that’s out there,” the mayor told reporters at City Hall.

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Seth Rogen is Launching a Canadian Cannabis Brand Called Houseplant

Seth Rogen is Launching a Canadian Cannabis Brand Called Houseplant

TORONTO – Actor Seth Rogen and screenwriter Evan Goldberg are teaming up with Canopy Growth Corp. to launch a cannabis brand called Houseplant.

The Vancouver-born star of Pineapple Express and the Canadian screenwriter, with whom Rogen collaborated on the stoner film, are co-founders of the Toronto-based company.

“Houseplant is a passion we’ve brought to life through drive and dedication,” said Rogen in a press release. “Every decision we’ve made for the business reflects the years of education, first-hand experience and respect we have for cannabis.”

Houseplant says Canopy has acquired 25% of the Toronto-based business and invested working capital, but wouldn’t disclose any further financial information. Canopy in its role as venture partner is providing the facilities, expertise, and infrastructure to produce the cannabis.

The company’s first strain, Houseplant Sativa, will make its debut in British Columbia in early April 2019 followed throughout the year by a national rollout of strains like Houseplant Hybrid and Houseplant Indica along with softgels and pre-rolled joints.

Rogen said they have been working on the company “quietly for years” and seeing it come together is a “dream come true.” According to a press releaseannouncing the new cannabis brand, the project has been in development for almost two years.

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Tips for Watering Your Cannabis Plants Effectively

Tips for Watering Your Cannabis Plants Effectively

Giving a plant the proper amount of water may be more difficult than you think.

There isn’t an exact science for watering a cannabis plant—you can’t observe the roots (in most cases) and don’t have a way of knowing exactly what’s happening in the soil. Also, a plant is constantly growing and the climate it’s in may fluctuate, so the amount of water it needs will constantly change.

Despite this, here are some tried-and-true tips and strategies to help keep your plants healthy and properly hydrated.

How Often Should You Water Cannabis Plants?

When you think your cannabis plants might be thirsty, take time to observe:

  • Do the leaves look dark green or are they yellowing?
  • Are they vibrant, rigid and strong?
  • How does the soil feel?

A common mistake first-time growers make is to overwater a plant. A healthy cycle of wet and dry is necessary for the roots of a plant to grow out and reach deeper into the pot.

To see if a plant needs watering, stick a finger down a couple inches into the soil. If it’s dry, it’s time to water.

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What’s the Best Soil for Growing Marijuana?

What’s the Best Soil for Growing Marijuana?

When it comes to growing cannabis in soil, it’s imperative to choose or create a blend that will allow your plants to perform their best. Soil, at a basic level, is defined as the topmost layer of earth in which plants grow, a mixture comprised of organic remains, clay, and rock particles.

But when perfecting an environment for high-quality cannabis, there is much more to consider. Soil varies in a number of common ways, such as:

  • pH level
  • Water retention
  • Texture
  • Nutrient makeup
  • Drainage

In this article, we’ll look at what traits make up the best soil for cannabis, tips for building your own soil, and options for pre-mixed soils that will help support a healthy garden.

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