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April: National Cannabis Month

Jennifer Smith

Posted on April 02 2019

It's National Cannabis Month; and we're not telling people to go out there and smoke marijuana to celebrate, but we are taking time to acknowledge how marijuana changed from being a low-key recreational drug to a multi-billion dollar industry.

"The global legal marijuana market is expected to reach USD 146.4 billion by end of 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc." (Grand View Research) 

Starting a marijuana farm is not cheap; and like other types of farming, growing weed will require a huge investment of time and money. Having a passion for weed will help motivate individuals grow marijuana.

“There’s so much to it,” said Charles Dupree, the owner of Great Lakes Grow Store at 119 S. Union St. in Battle Creek. “People think you can just put a seed in and just grow it. You can technically, but, in order to get a good product, it’s kind of like the garden outside. The love you put in is the love you get out.”

Here are a few things to know before starting a backyard weed farm:

 1. Are you growing weed for commercial or recreational use? If commercial, who is your market? What are you using your weed for - baking, tranquility, medicinal? Be sure to have a solid business model or else it can get expensive.

2. Research your state's laws on growing marijuana. "Nevada allows growers to have up to six marijuana plants in the yard while Oregon allows up to 18 seedlings. In Canada, for example, provincial law is different. British Columbia requires plants to be hidden from neighbors and locked away from view in Manitoba." (

3. Research the plant itself. Did you know that cannabis plants require six hours of direct sunlight? How about that they like rich compost and soil to grow? Or, that they drink a lot of water and may need fertilizer if the soil is too dry.

4. Start by purchasing seeds to grow in the yard. Buy online from a weed retailer.

Growing cannabis in the backyard can take between 8 weeks to 5 months. Have fun with it; and get growing this April!