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  •  and the way to handle grow-your-own is... (6+ / 0-)

    .... the same as for home-brewing of beer and home production of wine.  Those rules are time-tested and already work, as far as a) limiting home production to "hobbyist" activity rather than commercial activity, and b) enabling those who are motivated, to produce for themselves and a few close friends on a non-commercial basis.

    The various inputs used for home production can of course be taxed.

    And poor folks who can't afford fancy growing supplies can still improvise home-grow setups from common materials found at the local hardware store.

    We got the future back.

    by G2geek on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:30:16 AM PST

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    •  Having made beer and grown a marijuana plant (0+ / 0-)

      (long ago on the Caltech campus where it was semi-legal) I would say that they aren't comparable. Brewing beer or making wine requires equipment, supplies, and expertise that the average person doesn't have.

      Growing marijuana requires some dirt, water, a seed, and a place in the sun. Maybe it won't be super-strong, but it will work. I have no idea what the going price on the street is now, but people aren't going to be spending hundreds of dollars for something that anyone can grow in their backyard or on a balcony for five dollars.

      •  This isn't true (1+ / 0-)
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        Growing marijuana at home is not that simple for most.

        Sure, in many place a plant will grow ... of a sort.

        Growing it properly requires some investment, care and skill.

        I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
        but I fear we will remain Democrats.

        by twigg on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 08:13:55 AM PST

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        •  Well, we grew a plant using some dirt and a pot on (1+ / 0-)
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          our balcony. The only thing we did was to water it once in a while. The leaves had significant amounts of cannabinoids in them. The dean told us to get rid of it before it flowered so I don't know how it would have done later on.

          It isn't like growing orchids- various types of hemp grow wild all over the world. I am sure that the quality can be improved with fancy technology and lots of TLC, but just about anyone should be able to grow the basic product.

          •  I accept that (0+ / 0-)

            But you can also get an alcoholic drink, of sorts, by mixing fruit juice, sugar and yeast in a bucket and leaving it for a week.

            The comparison is a good one.

            Growing decent marijuana and brewing decent alcohol are very similar in terms of skill and equipment needed.

            The Federal laws on homebrewing would make a good model for State laws on growing your own.

            I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
            but I fear we will remain Democrats.

            by twigg on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 11:14:36 AM PST

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    •  Yws, I completely agree (0+ / 0-)

      There is a deep irony in this suggestion too ....

      Home brewing of beer and wine is possible, in many states, only because of a Federal law ... The states still make it illegal.

      Quite the reverse :)

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      by twigg on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 08:15:20 AM PST

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