Exclusive: Ed Rosenthal, The 'Ganja Guru,' On Home Cultivation And The Cannabis Industry – Benzinga – Benzinga

By Nicolás José Rodriguez via El Planteo. 

“The ganja guru,” Ed Rosenthal, is an international authority on cannabis horticulture, as well as an author, educator, social activist and legalization pioneer.

Co-founder of High Times magazine, Ed is a professor at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California, and author of “Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower’s Handbook,” a book that, since 1978, has inspired millions of people to learn the best marijuana growing techniques.

In 2002, Ed was prosecuted and his case influenced public opinion in favor of state medical marijuana laws. At the age of 77, the professor and author puts into perspective the advances of the home cultivation movement, raises some questions inherent to the industry and offers a few clues to think about the future of legalization.

Everyone should have the right to grow their own marijuana

Since Ed began championing the cause of home cultivation, 50 years ago, the movement has achieved some degrees of freedom in terms of where we can grow our cannabis and under what rules. However, he believes this is an incomplete revolution and that there are still many rights to conquer. 

The horticulturist explains that there are several state laws in the United States that allow people to consume and buy, but not grow on their own cannabis. For example, in the state of Washington, where people cannot currently grow, but can buy cannabis in licensed dispensaries.

Why home cultivation?

First of all, home cultivation is about reclaiming pleasure, collective and individual enjoyment. “Growing a plant is a pleasure,” says Rosenthal.

Another reason to support home cultivation is a question of health: “When we grow we know what we are consuming and thus we can avoid consuming pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers“.

And, finally, there are reasons for social justice. “It is much cheaper (and therefore

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