Pruning

More and more states will be legalizing medical marijuana in the next few years. Some, however, will be placing a limit on the number of plants patients and caregivers can grow. If you find yourself in a state with a limit, there are ways to still do a continuous harvest with a minimum of only five plants at a time.

You can have Mother, two plants in the Clone Room and two in the Flower

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

Thomas Jefferson 1791

Room, harvesting once a month. Or you can try pruning and harvesting every other month.

Pruning increases your per-plant yield. Here's how it works: After rooting four clones the usual way, cut off the newest growth tip rising from each stalk. This may seem like a cruel move, but in a week, you'll be amazed to see two growth tips in place of the snipped one. Don't stop there. Every week, snip off each new growth tip and create a little bush.

Keep these plants under 24-hour-a-day lighting. They will keep growing more and more growth tips—for each one you cut off, two will grow in their place.

At some point you'll decide, "This is enough!" and you can put the plants into the Flowering Room. Buds will grow on the end of each tip, and you'll have a bountiful harvest.

This is not as efficient as the Sea of Green technique—that is, it takes more time and light-energy to produce the same amount of medicine—but it works, and no one will ask you as everyone asks of me, "Why grow so many plants!?".

The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.

Albert Einstein, My First Impression of the U.S.A., 1921

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