A Real Farmer Looks at “Medical Marijuana” —O’Shaughnessy’s • Autumn 2005

«If they’re growing legal medical marijuana, they should do it outdoors. It should be medicinal grade. All foods are drugs. And as with any food, in order for the mother plant to put its true fullness and essence into its consuming part —whether it’s a broccoli or a bud is immaterial— in order for it to truly be mild, clear, sweet-flavored, truly nourishing broccoli, one that has all of its refined compounds together, the mother plant’ s got to have everything it needs. […]

But if you want to grow a truly pain-killing, a truly inspiring, a truly mind-opening plant, then you’ve got to have a plant that’s growing towards completeness.

Volumetric yield is a secondary consideration. Pumping the plant to great imbalance with large quantities of nitrogen increases the chance of getting spider mites on it. Maybe having a fungal attack on the flowering portion and subsequent rot. Maybe having a soft-bodied finished product that tends to decay and is difficult to dry. Maybe having an aroma that is unpleasant, from nitrite-bonded elements that are actually toxic upon consumption.

This is not the intent, the spirit, the soul of that plant. That plant is a medicine and its spirit has got to be recognized and nurtured. If you go in the direction of a naturally supported plant —supported in terms of nutrition— it will have a complete immunological system, there will be no mites, there will be no mildews, there will be no critters attacking it. It has everything it needs to build its own immune system, and if it builds it to completeness, nothing can attack it successfully.

Marijuana is a full-sun plant. You cannot grow any plant to completeness under artificial light. […]

It should be grown outdoors, in full sun, with the involvement of the people who are going to use it as medicine. Those who are physically capable need to get out there and harvest their own stuff and have a true connection with nature.

If I wanted to do that I would contract with the sick people and charge $10 a plant. Let’s say you’re allowed to grow three plants per person. If somebody sent me ten dollars that would capitalize me to be able to grow the plant, and when harvest time came they would get notification and they could bring $20 and come up and harvest their three plants.

A field-grown marijuana plant with a yield of a half pound — a nice well grown naturally grown, high-energy, sweet, complete plant is going to take up five square feet. Let’ s say it’ s going to take up 4.32 square feet and we can have 10 thousand of them on an acre, and I’m going to get $10 each for them. That’s $100,000 an acre! Oh, my God! I grow an acre of broccoli, I’m lucky to get 50 cents per plant. Ten dollars? If you grow an acre of broccoli, you’re lucky to gross $3,000. And I can make a living growing broccoli. Why should I make more than double the profit growing medical marijuana? It’s absurd. […]

If I were wanting to grow that crop, I would become inordinately rich compared to a common vegetable farmer. But what I’m interested in doing is growing complete full-bodied food that has the capacity to really nourish the person so that they don’t get sick in the first place.

[…] What you need to grow good quality plants is good mineral nutrition, good digestion in the soil, and the appropriate cosmic wavelength that we call sunlight, and a good quotient of old air in the soil to feed the digestion, which is compost, and a good clean air environment so that the plants can absorb non-polluted air to build on and function. […]

You can’t force something to grow to completeness. You can only nurture it to grow to completeness. And it’s so easy to do it right. And it’s so hard to do it wrong!»