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Josh Marquis Thinks Quality Marijuana Is ‘Not That Hard To Make’

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The leading opponent of Oregon marijuana legalization in the media is Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis. In his recent debate on the Oregon Measure 91 legalization initiative against Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Marquis expressed his opinion on the ease of growing marijuana and why that would depress any hope for earning tax revenue from legalization, as reported by the Salem Statesman- Journal:

Marquis tried to poke holes in those estimates by explaining how Colorado has lowered its revenue expectations in part because fewer people than anticipated are buying marijuana from a store.

“It’s called weed for a reason,” Marquis said. “It’s not like brewing your own whiskey. It’s not that hard to make.”

He suspects that even his wife, who supports marijuana legalization, could grow “some awesome weed” in their greenhouse.

I suppose if I took some Welches Grape Juice and sat it in a warm, dark cabinet for a week or two, I’d have a fermented alcoholic beverage, but I doubt anyone is going to mistake it for a Chardonnay or a Merlot. Sure, pop some seeds into the ground, let the sun and rain tend to it, and come back in a few weeks and I suppose you’ll have a few ditchweed plants, but nobody is going to mistake it for the quality marijuana one can get in a dispensary.

Marquis was called out immediately by Rep. Blumenauer for this idiocy. “You can grow your own tomatoes,” Blumenauer said. “Why would anyone buy an heirloom tomato in a store?” Indeed, we have the right to grow carrots, lettuce, celery, potatoes, apples, and many other fruits and vegetables on our land, and it is far easier to grow those crops than cannabis, but most of us do not, because there are similar or better offerings of many more varieties available at the grocery store.

The fact is that growing quality marijuana is very difficult. I am a marijuana policy professional with direct access to the latest information, best equipment, and most knowledgeable horticulturalists on the West Coast, and not one of my growing attempts has yielded anything I’d ever pay money for. I’ve had crops lost to powdery mildew, spider mites, low watering, electrical failures, and thieves – things that have never affected any of my home grown tomatoes.

Colorado’s brought in $37.5 million in taxes and fees on marijuana so far, and while that is lower than original estimates, it is infinitely greater than the zero dollars brought in prior to 2014. The real reason those estimates are lower isn’t because residents can home-grow six plants. It is because recreational marijuana is over-priced due to over-taxation, a fate that will not befall Oregon’s market, thanks to Measure 91’s flat $35/ounce taxation. Coloradoans with a medical marijuana card or a buddy who has one prefer to shop at the dispensaries, where taxes are 2.9%, over the pot shops, where the taxes are 15% plus 10% plus 2.9%.

I do look forward to finding out just how awesome a crop of marijuana Josh Marquis’ wife can grow in a greenhouse, however.


About Author

Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.

  • Bongstar420

    Yeah right. Good Cannabis is over 20% THC (preferably around 25%THC), with at least 5% essential oils that do not counter the high, and no mold, mildew, or discoloration. Is that what you are sporting? The last time I looked, 75% of all Cannabis is 13-18%THC.

    Its not about buying “fancy” stuff. Its about knowledge, skill, patience, diligence, and dedication. You won’t have a successful top shelf grow or business with out that.

  • Bongstar420

    Apparently a lot of people think top shelf is like growing hay. They are in for a rude awakening. At least there will be plenty of generic concentrates and mids. LOL

  • Gerry

    be careful when going to grow shops to purchase your nutrients and bug sprays. you will find that many sales people will try to sell you a host of chemicals that aren’t necessary (don’t get into these kits that sell you 12 or 13 different chemicals that have to be administered at different times. too complicate for the novice and not really necessary. . they will try to sell you insect sprays that are expensive and not effective. I have used several different nutrients, if you are just growing for yourself Dynagro is a decent fertilizer. if you want to grow higher quality cannabis try Ionics it is all organic. . and for bugs….. Safer is a good one or SM-90 both are organic. . if you get mites you have to be diligent about spraying. a one time spray a week or occasionally will not kill the mites. you have to spray every three days for several applications to break the reproduction cycle.

  • Gerry

    yeah but what is your THC content?? probably not very much if you are not using nutrients . if it’s lower than 10% you are producing an inferior product. have you ever had it analyzed? we have ours analyzed all the time and it is consistently in the low 20’s range. several of our patients complain that our stuff is too strong and they want something not so potent.

  • Thank you Nanci, I keep tryin, though most don’t seem to listen

  • Nanci Loveless Burns

    blah, blah, blah, keep talking that crap so you can pretend you are smarter than the rest of us.

  • Nanci Loveless Burns

    You tell ’em! They want to make people think it’s so-o-o-o-o hard to grow your own, & it’s just a LIE.

  • Nanci Loveless Burns

    Wrong! I’ve been doing it for years, without the Miracle Grow.

  • Nanci Loveless Burns

    People talk all this crap about how hard it is to grow good cannabis. I’ve been doing it for years, without all the fancy stuff y’all tell me I need to buy.

  • Rob Saxe

    Agreed..fact is it doesn’t matter what he says or thinks. Its going to be legal and he can then go cry in the corner because he didn’t get his way. Marquis is irrelevant.

  • mark_lee481 BSHA

    It takes a lot of knowledge to grow some great cannabis!!! It takes an amazing amount of knowledge to breed new varieties (that Iowa ditch weed played a huge part in developing short season varieties, they paid real money and traded for it as well) too. I call these growers agriculturists, and their skill is amazing. Before percentages of THC, and especially the balance of CBDs jumped into the moderate to mid 20% range, and the call for higher CBD content for specific medicines at 3% and above; I grew cannabis that would knock your socks off, as did my co-cooperative member’s Northern Lights. My area was the high content sativa blends, another associate was in charge of Skunk # 4, and yet another had somehow gotten some very retro indica that reminded me of Nepalese Temple Balls as the flowers seemed covered in black hash. This took skill and this took time!!! We were not breeders, but in some clandestine deals for my clean fencerow seeds/buds (I kept a large area free from farm chemicals) we were able to have some nice grow stock. They could not be guaranteed as feminized, so we had many critical periods that we were in our grow rooms all night (thank God for a smidge of speed during crucial periods). As harvest neared, we had to constantly watch for “ripe” THC nodes. If you harvested too soon you get very weak weed, if they burst quality is at a commercial level. These people could not spot a male at 4″ of plant height, often a little taller, but this little grape (which turns into a cluster) ruins the potency of good cannabis. There are a lot of growers out there who are “in the business” because they have the money, not the knowledge and skill. It is a very exacting process!!!

  • Gerry

    if your PH isn’t right your plant can’t absorb the nutrients properly .

  • Gerry

    me thinks you do not tell the whole story there Tony Aroma. there are many factors with growing cannabis that can either produce a great plant, or an inferior plant. heat, fertilizer, water, mites, cold. all can affect the quality of the plant. and I really don’t think a novice is going to grow anything comparable to what a seasoned grower can produce. the right seeds and clones??? even the right ones can die if you don’t know what you are doing. bugs, and molds can creep up on you and devastate a crop before you even know you have the problem. heat will kill a plant quicker than bugs ever will. the quality of your water also has much to do with how well they grow. if you have bad water you can get nutrient lock out. and no matter how much fertilizer you throw at it if your water isn’t good the plant can’t absorb the nutrients. it’s not that simple that you throw a seed in a bucket of dirt and put a little miracle grow on it and think you are going to end up with a high THC content. not going to happen.

  • Ron

    Trust me, the way I did it is the most economical way of getting weed after everything is said and done. However, I live in a unique situation and what works for me likely wouldn’t work for you and most others. The real point I want to make here is that growing is different from person to person and has to done with whatever is needed by each person; no one size fits all. But there are many options and growing is a viable possibility for many (not all) people.

  • Cyndysub

    I noticed that he talks out of the side of his mouth like someone that used to be in prison.

  • Keith Ritman

    Well said. Some people are green thumbs. Some like I kill a plant simply by thinking about it. Kudos to those who can just do it. Share your talents with the rest of the world . Share with the needy dont get greedy

  • Keith Ritman

    He even looks pretty goofy. It s laughable

  • Keith Ritman

    Tony, I do agree with most of your statement. However having tried and failed fabulously on many occasions. I really believe at least PH should be done on soil or hydro. Ive burnt up a few ladies with this black thumb. Yes water dirt and sunlight will grow a plant. And it really depends upon the degree of success, or failure, you are willing to accept. Talent is talent, I sir have a black thumb, even with the experts and years of growing failures. I have still to see a single plant develop into anything seen in any pic. Its just me and TIme is definately something that even a single plant needs. Some people dont have time. They have immediate needs.

    Ps. I could alway use some tips. Lol or rather heeeeeelp. Lastnamefirstname on G+

  • Be happy to teach ya how simple it actually is follow the link attached to my avatar and hit me up

  • I’m in Colorado, I was a caregiver for several years, the prices are a bit different ($2500 a lb here) but your talkin labor and IMO that is only about trimmin, I spend less than 20 minutes a day workin my garden, granted mine is small scale compared to a dispensary but growing is not labor intensive. For me it is a hobby, I don’t sell it and I give my overages away, never been about makin money for me, I just want better herb