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Colorado Cannabis Clones

Todd Davis - Thursday, January 07, 2016



Clone Strains

-by Robert Degen.

When approaching the subject of marijuana clones, one obvious factor in your endeavor is what strain of marijuana you intend to grow from a clone. A marijuana clone (like any other ‘clone’ which is an identical copy from a source –or in this case a ‘mother’ plant’) is a cutting from a marijuana plant used to expand a nursery without needing to grow a new plant from seed. (1) “Cloning is a way of propagating plants through asexual reproduction of the plant by cutting and rooting a healthy shoot. This creates clones. It is also known as ‘taking a cutting’.“

It may seem complicated, but there’s no need to muddy the issue just by adding the word ‘clone’. You’re still dealing with the marijuana plant itself and subject to all the natural ways it grows and also the many different types or strains of the marijuana plant. It still breaks down to an Indica, a Sativa, (also the lesser known ‘cannabis ruderalis’ which refers to landrace strains or those that grow in the wild) or a hybrid of/between the two. (2) “Cannabis strains are either pure or hybrid varieties of Cannabis, typically of C. sativa and C. indica Ruteralis. Varieties are developed to intensify specific characteristics of the plant, or to differentiate the strain for the purposes of marketing it more effectively as a drug. Variety names are typically chosen by their growers, and often reflect properties of the plant such as taste, color, smell, or the origin of the variety” Hybrids bridge the gap between Sativa and Indica and allow for taking advantage of desirable qualities from both ends of the spectrum. (3) “In addition to pure indica, sativa, and ruderalis varieties, hybrid varieties with varying ratios of these three types are common. For example, the White Widow hybrid containing about 60% indica and 40% sativa ancestry. These hybrid varieties exhibit traits from both parental types.”

As is the case when selecting a strain to consume, desired effect is likely the primary influence in the selection of a specific strain. There are also some strains available ONLY as clones, fittingly referred to as ‘clone-only’ strains. However, these ‘clone-only’ stains can be particularly hard to get a hold of, especially in states with less lenient laws on marijuana. (4) “If you don’t live in a medical marijuana or legalized marijuana state like California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, and you’ve heard of clone-only marijuana strains, it’s a little frustrating because usually you can’t get those clones unless you travel to those states and qualify as a permitted clone buyer under the state’s marijuana regulations.” Even if you can find a source for purchasing a clone-only strain -depending on the rarity and popularity of a certain strain- it may well cost a pretty penny to bring it in to your nursery. (5) “A single, legit commercial clone of a top-shelf, clone-only strain like Girl Scout Cookies or Cherry Pie can sell for as much as $140. But ultra-elite cuts shared in the top ranks of marijuana breeders and clone developers can sell for thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars each! Why so expensive? Unlike cannabis seeds, every clone from a premium marijuana plant is guaranteed to be a female cut from a unique motherplant.“

And as with any purchase, it’s very much buyer beware. Unless you’re dealing with an established shop or dispensary (many shops and dispensaries are now offering cuttings/clones as a service to their patrons… ask your budtender!), not only the question of quality and price must be considered... but also (unfortunately) the question of legitimacy. Beyond a visual checklist (several resources can be found online to guide you through the clone buying process like to double check that you’re purchasing a healthy plant, you’re at the mercy of the seller with regard to whether the strain you desire is truly represented by the little potted cutting you just bought. (6) “When you are looking for clones for sale in Colorado, California, or Michigan, there is no way to know for sure if the clone the person is selling you is really the strain they claim. Unless you are dealing with someone that is deperate for money people are usually honest about what strain they are selling”






Religion And Medical Marijuana

Todd Davis - Saturday, November 26, 2011

One topic that is not commonly covered when discussing medical marijuana in Colorado is religion’s views on the subject. On the religious side, high-ranking members of various church organizations have openly stated their approval of marijuana for medical use, stating that it is considered by the church an act of compassion for those suffering from an otherwise debilitating state. Then there is the other side of the coin. A 25 year-old man in Georgetown, Colorado who was recently found guilty of marijuana possession claimed that his religious beliefs necessitated the use of cannabis and that the plant was not only sacred, but used as a botanical messiah in his communication with God. While law officials believe that the Georgetown man was sincere in his beliefs, the issue of possession without a medical marijuana card, as well as driving under the influence of the drug took precedence and the man was sentenced to 30 hours of community service and a find of several hundred dollars.

Arrested Couple Claim Marijuana Growth Stash is for Medical Use

Todd Davis - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

When a couple in Larimer County was arrested last week for having $385,000 worth of marijuana plants in their house, they claimed they had a right to grow it for medical marijuana use. The 220 plants, along with numerous bags of packaged marijuana, drug paraphernalia, hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana growing materials and numerous firearms are confiscated from the couple’s home. Current medical marijuana laws dictate that a person with a state- issued medical marijuana card is legally able to grow up to six plants, and some believe that with the growing popularity of medical marijuana and medical marijuana dispensaries around the state, it is giving people an excuse to use and grow marijuana for personal use and hide under the cover of local and state laws. Until absolute, defined boundaries can be set in place, local law officials will have their hands full trying to keep the growing of marijuana limited only to those who actually use it for medical reasons.

Fort Collins and Longmont BanOn medical Marijuana Devestating to some Businesses

Todd Davis - Thursday, November 03, 2011

Those business owners who had or were trying ar did  open medical marijuana shops in the city of Fort Collins and Longmont, Colorado have been left out in the cold with the recent voting results. Both Longmont and Fort Collins has placed a ban on all medical marijuana related activity in their city and owners who had previously established businesses are being forced to move their location outside the city limits. This has many businesses owners frustrated about losing their client base. If these businesses are forced to relocate outside the city limits, dispensary owners fear that those clients who have debilitating conditions and are unable to travel will not be able to make the trip outside the city to purchase the supplies they need. Although several lawmakers sympathize with the situation dispensaries are facing, they admit that medical marijuana laws are currently operating in a very gray area and city officials are forced to comply with state and local regulations.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Struggling to Stay in Compliance with Ever-Changing Laws

Todd Davis - Thursday, October 06, 2011


With the laws in Colorado regarding medical marijuana dispensaries changing more often than a traffic light at a busy intersection, dispensary owners are finding themselves in a constant state of stress trying to keep themselves in compliance with regulations. And with those changing laws comes an influx of business owners to state agencies looking to renew licensing and keep in compliance, while agency workers are finding themselves overwhelmed with requests. Many business owners, after waiting nearly six hours in line at the Department of Revenue’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, found themselves leaving without a renewal. With so many business owners rushing to comply with state regulations before cutoff dates, the state is finding it difficult to keep up with the demand for renewals. In light of this struggle to keep in compliance, most state officials are being lenient when it comes to those trying to update equipment and renew licenses per the new laws. However, some business owners still remain concerned that with all the strict rules being put in place, it may all be in vain if tighter security keeps customers away.

High Driving A hot Topic for Colorado Law Enforcement

Todd Davis - Tuesday, September 27, 2011

As the legalization and use of medical marijuana in Colorado grows to new heights, Colorado law enforcers are finding themselves busier than ever with traffic violations related to marijuana usage. While all states currently have a law against driving while impaired, there are some lawmakers in the state of Colorado who are proposing to set an impairment standard which would allow prosecutors to charge drivers with a DUI if they have 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood while behind the wheel.  Currently, Nevada and Ohio have a limit of 2 nanograms of THC per milliliter for driving and 12 other states have a zero-tolerance policy for driving while under the influence of any illegal substance. Arizona, Illinois and Rhode Island are just a few of these states with a zero-tolerance policy. Colorado has yet to set a limit for driving while under the influence of THC, but until a law is passed, those driving while under the influence of marijuana beyond the state-allowed limit for impairment will be prosecuted.

State of Colorado Tightens Regulatory Belt on Dispensary Owners

Todd Davis - Wednesday, June 01, 2011



Owners of medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado are finding it harder and harder to keep their businesses going and profitable as the state continues to pass stricter rules and regulations for business operation. Recently, the state made it mandatory for dispensary owners to have video surveillance cameras on 24/7 over their sales counter to record each and every transaction as well as a requirement that each store grow at least 70 percent of its marijuana itself. Dispensary owners feel that they are under too much scrutiny and that there is a lack of privacy which will result in patients simply going back underground to buy their product.

4/20 Rally Gains Popularity Among Colorado Marijuana Advocates

Todd Davis - Sunday, April 17, 2011


Colorado medical marijuana patients are gearing up for what is known as International Cannabis Day on April 20th. The gathering, which begins at 4:20 pm, has become a Colorado tradition as people get together to celebrate their favorite plant. The rally is held at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver and for the first time in Colorado history, the City of Denver has granted a permit for cannabis re-legalization activists to officially hold their rally in the park. In previous years, the rallies have been relatively small, mostly due to the inability to obtain a permit. However, this year’s rally is expected to have a record turnout. Many dispensaries, including Colorado Medical Marijuana, are expected to attend the rally to show their support as well.

State Juggles Card Fees for Schools

Todd Davis - Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Anyone who still thinks medical marijuana in Colorado is a sign of social degradation may want to rethink their stance. It has been argued by cannabis supporters that the industry could very well provide tax funds that would benefit the economy. Governor Bill Ritter has proposed a fund raid that will use $9 million in funds collected by card holder fees to support school funds; salaries, supplies, etc. Although this fund was initially intended to fund crime prevention of medicinal marijuana, it seems as though a surplus of funds created by card holder fees has provided this opportunity (according to the governor’s office). Seems a bit fitting that the industry so many have deemed as evil and morally reprehensible will supply funds to keeps schools on budget. Surely, there will be a backlash from opponents of medical cannabis as this money was originally intended for crime prevention. However, according to the governor’s office, this money is a surplus of revenue leaving the original fund with over $1 million with hundreds of fees still collected every day. Thank you, medicinal marijuana, for keeping our state schools and teachers properly funded.

Federal Government Doesn’t Believe in State Law

Todd Davis - Friday, August 20, 2010

As Colorado medical marijuana law and industry grow, there remains one major incident that will forever scar the face of medicinal cannabis: The Bartkowicz trial. Many may recall the medical marijuana caregiver who interviewed with 9News and showed his home and medicinal cannabis crop. DEA agents quickly raided his home and confiscated his crop. Bartkowicz is set for trial in late September on charges of cultivating marijuana with intent to distribute. The accused claims that he believed he was within State compliance. Unfortunately, his crop was larger than State law mandates. Currently, Federal prosecutors are attempting to ban any Colorado State Law or medicinal intent as they believe it is irrelevant to the case. It is true that Federal law supersedes all State law. Conversely, the accused should have the right to provide evidence that he was under the impression that he was under State Law compliance with intent to distribute for medicinal purposes. It seems a bit unconstitutional to throw out the defendant’s case citing “irrelevance” when it really comes down to the prosecution fearing it would create sympathy and relevant argument to the defendant’s case. Prosecution has every right to point out to the jury that Federal law supersedes State law, however, throwing out all evidence in defense of the accused is underhanded at best and borders on unconstitutional.

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