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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”






Regulation-Setting For Colorado Marijuana No Easy Task

Staff CMM - Friday, November 30, 2012

Although Colorado recently passed a bill to make marijuana possession legal to adults in small quantities, setting rules and regulations for the substance moving forward will be no easy task. Most lawmakers are estimating that depending on how the federal government will approach the new state law, it could take until July 1, 2013 to even adopt new regulations for marijuana stores and these new stores wouldn’t be looking at opening until January of 2014. Considering that it took a full year for departments to write and implement new procedures for medical marijuana in Colorado, it is a safe bet that the new marijuana store process will take at least that long. The goal for state lawmakers is to construct a set of rules and regulations that will be the least offensive to the federal government as possible in order to avoid a federal crackdown.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Colorado Fear Backlash From Amendment 64

Staff CMM - Friday, November 02, 2012

Although Amendment 64, the bill proposing to legalize marijuana in small amounts to adults appears to be beneficial on the outside, many dispensary owners fear a backlash of problems the Amendment will create should it be passed. Dispensary owners fear that if marijuana should become legal, many dispensaries will open that would not require people to have as medical marijuana card, making it much easier for people to purchase marijuana and therefore circumvent the need for medical marijuana dispensaries all together. There are still a few who hold out hope that the Obama administration will change its mind about marijuana legalization if Obama is reelected, but should Romney be elected, he has already made it clear that he will fight the marijuana legalization efforts tooth and nail.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Middle Men Ousted By Enforcement Division

Staff CMM - Friday, October 26, 2012
The function of using middle men to perform transactions between two individuals or operations is common practice. However, when it comes to medical marijuana sales in Colorado, their function has been anything but clear up to this point. Recently, attorney Sean McAllister sought to get more clarification of the rules on behalf of his clients by petitioning MMED Direction Laura Harris. Harris’ response to McAllister’s request finally shed some light on what has been a very grey area by informing McAllister that Colorado state law dictates only persons who have a direct interest, i.e., owners of medical marijuana dispensaries with a license to buy or sell medical marijuana in Colorado are allowed to make transactions involving the drug. Those who do not fit this criteria are not allowed to perform transactions of any kind nor receive commissions for doing so.

Ten More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Colorado Close Doors

Staff CMM - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado that began in January of 2012 has resulted in 57 dispensaries closing their doors so far, with another ten dispensaries recently being added to the list. U.S. Attorney John Walsh has closed this latest round of dispensaries for being within 1,000 feet of schools, as was the case with the other 57 dispensaries in what has proven to be one of the most aggressive law enforcement actions the industry has experienced so far. The latest ten dispensary shut downs were part of a third wave of letters sent by Walsh, but other dispensaries should be prepared for a fourth wave as Walsh’s office has identified further dispensaries in violation. Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett feels that Washington, D.C. could find a better use of their time. However, Walsh has indicated his commitment to the crackdown and stated the closures were not at the direction of Washington, but at his direction as a U.S. District Attorney and as a Colorado citizen.

Medical Marijuana In Colorado Becoming An Excuse For Illegal Activity

Staff CMM - Friday, October 12, 2012
It seems as though Colorado medical marijuana laws have made illegal activity surrounding the drug a much easier thing as of late. Along with the record busts in Pueblo and Colorado Springs, Colorado law enforcement is finding it harder and harder to keep up with the increased amount of illegal marijuana activity in the state. Instead of a bust here and there of a couple pounds, it has now become almost a common occurrence to make a bust of several hundred pounds along with firearms and other illegal drugs. Law enforcement officials in Ft. Collins recently arrested two individuals for using a greenhouse to grow 375 pounds of marijuana. The individuals were also found with 22 ounces of hash, prescription drugs, six rifles and a hand gun. The suspects were charged with marijuana possession, possession with the intent to distribute and cultivation of marijuana. It seems as though these increasing incidents are only serving to strengthen the opposition to the drug’s presence in the state.

Judge Invalidates Colorado Medical Marijuana Contract

Staff CMM - Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Finding some sort of common ground concerning medical marijuana in Colorado is becoming a harder task as new issues continue to come to light. The battle between what is considered legal by the state and what is considered legal under federal law is proving to be tougher than first anticipated. Recently, a dispute between marijuana grower Quincy Haeberle and Blue Sky Car Connection found its way to court where Arapahoe County District Judge Charles Pratt was forced to invalidate a $40,000 contract. Pratt stated that although Colorado has passed laws legalizing the drug, it is still considered illegal under federal law and as marijuana is considered illegal, federal law pre-empts state law, making the contract invalid.

Government Position Still Shady On Issue of Medical Marijuana in Colorado

Staff CMM - Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Problems continue to arise when it comes to the issue of medical marijuana legality in Colorado. With conflicting state and federal laws, officials are finding it difficult to sort out the proper legal stance when it comes to prosecution. The government position has been that marijuana is an illegal drug punishable under federal law. However, it has also been further clarified by David Ogden, a previous Deputy Attorney General of the United States in a memorandum sent to select U.S. Attorneys that they should not focus federal resources in their state on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medicinal use of marijuana. The issue that many have been running into is that the memo does not legalize marijuana nor does it protect users of the drug from federal prosecution. Exactly where the right or wrong areas are in this matter is still in question.

Marijuana Issue May Be A Stumbling Block For Obama Reelection

Staff CMM - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
As the subject of medical marijuana in Colorado gains momentum, political figures are finding it more difficult to walk both sides of the fence and are being forced to choose a platform of either being pro medical marijuana or being against it and risk losing votes either way. President Obama is finding his stance on the subject particularly precarious as he is forced to comply with federal laws and back them without compromise. Although the state of Colorado has passed a law making medical marijuana possession legal, marijuana is still considered an illegal substance, punishable under federal laws. President Obama had made an earlier statement on the subject, saying they were not going to prioritize prosecutions of people using the drug. However, this statement preceded action by the U.S. District Attorney’s office to shut down 47 dispensaries in the state of Colorado. Some believe this goes against what President Obama promised in the beginning and these actions may hurt his chances for obtaining votes in the state.

Medical Marijuana In Boulder Gets ‘60 Minutes’ Spotlight

Staff CMM - Friday, July 13, 2012
In a segment that is scheduled to air this fall, 60 minutes interviewed Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett on the subject of medical marijuana in Colorado. Garnett commented during the piece that his emphasis is always on public safety. However, he doesn’t feel that involvement by the federal government is necessary. Garnett feels that the government should not be making medical marijuana a top priority due in part to the fact that dispensaries that operate within state and local laws are paying taxes just like any other business. Sixty Minutes is expected to interview several dispensary owners in Boulder, Colorado as well. Colorado was also recently in the headlines as a focal point for a National Geographic series entitled, ‘American Weed,’ which put the North Boulder Wellness Center in the spotlight.

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