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medical marijuana plantMarijuana (weed, reefer, cannabis, pot, ganja, etc.) is finally legal in Colorado and Washington! Election Day 2012 both states ended Prohibition with Amendment 64 in CO and I-502 in WA. Rocky Mountain High & The Evergreen State indeed! Don’t overlook Detroit’s Proposal M or Proposal 2 in Grand Rapids, to name but two local initiatives.

On the other hand, Medical marijuana (MMJ) is legal in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

There are two sides to the coin when talking about marijuana these days. There's pot the recreational drug and medical marijuana the medicine. While these two worlds overlap to some degree for the purposes of this immediate discussion let’s talk about pot & stoners and medical marijuana and patients. Let me break it down for you.

Cannabis in America has been breed and grown to get high. The focus has been on strains high in THC. The more THC, the higher you get. Pot that contained other cannibinoids like CBD were deemed failures and ignored. These are the strains that sought after by stoners.

While there are therapeutic benefits attributed to THC, cannabidiol is responsible for many more of cannabis’s curative properties. Unfortunately most of the weed grown targets stoners and is not only THC rich, it’s also CBD poor. The Medical Marijuana community has much more interest in CBD-rich strains, rare as they may be.

Growing your own marijuana isn’t for everyone but if you’re going to do it, consider a modest sestkup using compact flourescent (CFL) bulbs. They don’t use much electricity nor do they generate a lot of heat. Ideal for personal, microgrows (instead of those grow ops you drool over in High Times).

There are lots of resources about medical marijuana online. Don’t be afraid to start searching and researching.

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