Growing marijuana is a very popular thing, and something that seems to get more popular every day. Whenever people express an interest in the marijuana industry, it seems like 9/10 they want to be a grower. I grew marijuana for a handful of years, and plan on getting back to it after this summer heat is over. I know first hand how rewarding and fun cultivating marijuana can be.
Most people want to grow marijuana for profit. More often then not the desire to grow includes visions of grandeur, with people planning on harvesting monster crops and striking it rich even before their plants flip over from veg stage to flower stage. The fact of the matter is, growing marijuana for profit is not nearly as easy as people think, and that's not just because of the green thumb requirements.
In addition to being able to grow quality marijuana, growers also have to consider getting rid of the crop, which is becoming increasingly difficult for a lot of people because the market is either too crowded in some states, or the grower operates in a state where demand isn't that high for one reason or another. Add to that testing requirements, overhead, the potential for bugs, heat, mildew, and 280e tax provisions, and growing marijuana for profit is not always the experience that people expect it to be.
If you measure your success as a grower by the amount of money you make, you will more likely be sad by the end of it than overflowing with joy. Compare that to growing for personal fulfillment. More and more people that I know are growing for the fun of it, and measuring their success by the experience of growing, rather than the dollars and cents. I live in Oregon, where all adult households can grow up to four plants, and a lot of people I know are taking advantage by growing at least one plant, just for fun.
I have always wanted to get back to that, and like I said, plan on doing so after the summer heat dies down. It will be a few months where I live, but in the meantime I'm planning a small garden in my garage. I plan on calling it 'No Consideration Farms' which is both descriptive and misleading at the same time. The no consideration part describes the goal of my farm - to make no money. I intend to grow and give all of the harvest away to people that need it. The farm part is a bit misleading, in that it won't actually be a farm, and will really just be a handful of lights in my garage.
I think as more states legalize, and marijuana becomes more and more commercialized, more people will grow their own marijuana for personal fulfillment. A lot of them will still purchase marijuana via various means, but they will supplement their consumption with homegrown cannabis. There truly is no better feeling than consuming your own harvest, even if it's not as good of quality as what is out there on retail shelves. There's just something about enjoying the fruits of your own labor, especially when those fruits are in cannabis flower form!
With this growing trend (pun not intended), I expect the marijuana garden industry to grow quite a bit in the next five to ten years. I know a lot of people that are fed up with the level of greed in the cannabis industry, and rightfully so in most cases. The best way to fight cannabis greed is to grow your own medicine. That of course is easier to say than do in states that don't allow cultivation at all, but if cultivation is allowed in your state, and you want to stick it to the suits, grow your own and encourage others to do the same. Growing marijuana is fun, and if you measure success by the experience and not the profit, you will always succeed!
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