“Master Growers” via LA Times

THE GREEN RUSH

‘Master growers’ cultivating a higher grade of marijuana

A new breed of connoisseur is producing pot that is potent, tastes smooth and has a pleasing aroma — the kind of product now expected by ever-more discriminating consumers who frequent medical cannabis dispensaries.

 

By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times

 

March 25, 2012

“Consumers have quickly developed a sophisticated palate,” said Andrew McBeth, publisher at the marijuana niche Green Candy Press. “Like fine wine, the marijuana must look amazing, have a distinctive bouquet and have the cachet of being a well-known and popular strain.”

Wally, in-house grower for a warehouse dispensary in Long Beach, spent years honing his skills on the underground market after realizing pot helped tamp down the tics he suffered from Tourette’s syndrome. A 36-year-old native of Santa Cruz, he first worked trimming the marijuana harvest for older hippies.

“I learned everything about growing, and I had a million questions and they were happy to share,” he said. “So many little tricks: They would run molasses in the last weeks of flowering to have sweeter buds. Or they went into caves in Santa Cruz to get bat guano and make it into a tea to put in the soil.”

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0325-marijuana-masters-20120325,0,3385996.story

 

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