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Growing Cannabis In Vermont

Vermont is a small state situated in the New England region of the eastern part of the United States. With a population of just over half a million, Vermont has one of the smallest populations, only slightly bigger that Wyoming. Comprising of just 9,250 square miles, Vermont is the 45th largest state, while it’s capital, Montpelier is the least populated capital in America

Vermont has had a legal medical cannabis program in place since 2004, and in 2013 it decriminalized the possession of 1 ounce or less to a civil infraction. Since then several attempts have been made to legalize the use and growing of cannabis seeds for recreational purposes, but all have so far failed. Registered medical users however, can grow up to a maximum of seven plants at a time.

By registering and obtaining a medical cannabis growing licence you reduce the risks involved with growing cannabis seeds in Vermont, and we recommend this as the safest way to grow. It may take a little time, effort and a small amount of money, but reducing the risk of jail-time has to be the best option.

Growing cannabis outdoors in Vermont isn’t easy, cooler temperatures and a shorter growing season restricts the types of cannabis seeds you can successfully grow to maturity, before the cold air and night frosts kill the plants.

Early maturing strains and autoflowering seeds are the best choices, avoiding any Sativa dominant strains that require a longer flowering period. As the average daylight hours do not reduce sufficiently to induce flowering before the start of September, the ‘flowering-window’ is relatively short before the first frost appear, especially in the northern parts of the state which average 10 degrees Fahrenheit less than southern parts.

If you are considering growing cannabis seeds in Vermont this year, perhaps consider an indoor growing room. Although the initial set-ups are more expensive than growing outdoors, and your power consumption will increase, you will have the ability to grow cannabis all year round, and perhaps choose many of the longer flowering strains that are virtually impossible to grow outdoors in Vermont to complete maturity.

With a limit of seven plants at any one time permitted for medical licence holders, it’s important that each plant is female and capable of generating a good, worthwhile harvest. Feminized seeds offer the best option, guaranteeing a pure 100% female plant every time. Whether you decide to grow indoors or outside, the last thing you want is one of your seven plants to turn out male.

Licensed medical cannabis card holders have more options available to them with the possibility of setting up a purpose indoor grow room, or growing discreetly outdoors if they have access to a decent area of land. However, not all growers are licensed, and some that are wish to grow more than the seven permissible plants, what are the available options for them?

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Growing Cannabis In Vermont In Summer

The outdoor cannabis grower in Vermont is ruled by the weather conditions and temperatures. Cold winter’s come quickly and can last through until the middle of April, with freezing night-time spells, cold enough to kill any young seedlings. Fall isn’t any warmer, especially in northern parts of the state, with frosts possible from late October onward. The only real potential growing and flowering period in Vermont is between May and early October, and unfortunately the daylight hours from May to September average between 14-15 hours per day, far too much to induce flowering in feminized or regular cannabis plants.

Fast maturing strains are an option, and if you are legally able to grow, a good choice for growing outdoors in your garden. Three of the fastest cannabis seeds for sale are Super Skunk requiring 52 days of flowering, or Strawberry Kush and OG Kush, both needing fifty-five days to fully mature. As October approaches erect a shelter, even if it’s just plastic sheeting, or an old, unused tent to prevent rain, dew or any frost from settling on the plants in the later stages.

Losing your buds and cola’s at this stage would be a disaster. Remember, mold and bud rot always attacks from the inside of the biggest buds first, quickly reducing your most cherished and heaviest buds to moldy mush within days. Mold can be prevented by using the mold protection formula in the Plant Protection pack.

An alternative for both the medical grower and non-registered gardener is to plant autoflowering seeds once the last frosts have disappeared. Unlike both regular and feminized seeds, autoflowering strains will grow, flower and bud simultaneously, reducing the overall length of time needed to fully ripen and mature the plant.

Controlled by their age, and not by the number of hours of darkness they receive, autoflowering seeds are the perfect choice for growing cannabis seeds in Vermont, with most strains requiring a growing/flowering period of between ten to twelve weeks. Because each plant will mature around the same age, staggered planting will result in staggered harvests. Unlike standard seeds which will all mature at approximately the same time, planting autoflowering seeds in Vermont over several weeks will result in harvests every few weeks once the plants begin to mature.

Planted from late April through until the beginning of July, autoflowering seeds will provide harvests from August until October. This allows the registered grower regular, naturally grown, outdoor medical cannabis with staggered harvests, without having to grow more than their allowed quantity. Unlicensed growers have the opportunity of creating easy to manage ‘guerrilla-growing’ sites that will provide a steady supply of high quality buds through the Summer and Fall, while waiting for their main, standard crop to mature.

Feminized Seeds

The preferred choice of most indoor growers, feminized seeds offer the guarantee of a female plant from every seed. The best, highest quality feminized seeds offer stable and uniform genetics, producing plants with identical characteristics every time. Superior genetics produce plants of an even height, spread and yield, as well as giving the grower a list of predetermined characteristics and traits that they can expect, including height, amount, THC content and flavor.

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Regular Seeds

Many new growers fail to realize that cannabis is a deciduous plant, whose natural seeds are capable of producing either a male or female cannabis plant. Both male’s and female’s display the notorious cannabis leaf, and during the vegetative stage are identical. However, as flowering begins, the female’s produce the buds and cola’s with high THC and CBD levels, while male plants generate pollen for fertilization and pollination of the females. Male cannabis plants are only sought after by breeders and cannabis seed producers.

Autoflowering Seeds

A great choice for growing cannabis outdoors in Vermont, with a short life-span, hardy nature and selection of tastes, aroma’s and high’s. Extremely easy for any level of experience, once the seedling becomes established it will quickly grow and flower, maturing for harvest in approximately ten weeks, and the longer daylight hours, the bigger the plant and buds grow, making autoflowering seeds perfect for late Spring and early Summer planting outdoors in Vermont.

Medical Seeds

Vermont has an active medical cannabis program allowing license holders to grow up to seven plants at any one time. We strongly recommend joining the program if you wish to grow marijuana in Vermont as it will protect you from any serious legal repercussions. With a wide selection of different medical cannabis seeds on offer, for a variety of ailment and conditions, we’re sure you will find a suitable strain for your needs.

Insurance for the Marijuana Industry in Vermont

If you’re one of the entrepreneur business owners taking advantage of the new marijuana industry in Vermont, it is important to understand the insurance surrounding these products before you launch your business. Not all insurance companies will write insurance on these products, but fortunately, Dewitt Blake Insurance has partnered with several who do offer insurance for dispensaries, marijuana infused product sales and cultivation or grow operations.

Believe it or not, most insurance coverages offered for the marijuana industry are the same as coverages offered for other businesses. It is just finding the right coverage at the right price for your business that can be tricky. Some of the insurance offered by DeWitt Blake Insurance for the marijuana industry include:

General Liability: This coverage provides liability protection of up to $5 million and will protect your business from injury or other damages that may occur. This would be a minimal requirement for your business to carry, but limits less than $5 million are available.

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Property Insurance: Protecting your marijuana store, farm or warehouse from fire, theft, vandalism or other losses including natural disasters is important. Consider this: Would you be able to survive financially if your property experienced a large fire loss or inventory was lost or damaged? Probably not. Purchasing property insurance for your marijuana dispensary, storefront or warehouse is going to be important.

Medicine Coverage: Coverage is available to protect your marijuana shop from theft or other loss. Consider this coverage inventory coverage. This coverage can also protect your product while in transit from a cultivation facility to where you store or dispensary.

Business Income/Extra Expense Coverage: This coverage protects your business from income interruption. Essentially, if your business was interrupted by a fire or other covered loss, this coverage could help pay your income while you transition or get back on your feet with a new location or rebuild your building if a fire occurred.

Product Liability: If your store carries edible marijuana products, vaporizing tools, smoking devices and dispensaries for medical purposes product liability would cover these items in the event you suffer a covered loss such as a fire at your facility. Additionally, product liability is meant to protect you from lawsuit from selling a product that someone had a negative reaction to. In this newly emerging marijuana industry, this is critically important to understand and be covered for. Included with this coverage is the cost to defend (attorney’s fees).

Marijuana Plant Coverage (Marijuana Crop Insurance): Your marijuana plants are expensive and cultivation activities are time consuming. Don’t be out of business if a loss occurs to at your cultivation center. We offer insurance coverage for not only the buildings, but also your plants! Marijuana Crop Insurance Coverage for your plants is available from the time it is seeds to the time it is harvested, dried and ready for sale. Protect your crops of marijuana with a great insurance policy from our Vermont insurance agency.

Bonds Required for Marijuana Dispensaries in Vermont: If you’re in need of an insurance bond for your marijuana facility or dispensary in Vermont, contact DeWitt Blake Insurance. As a licensed insurance agent in Vermont, we’re one of the few insurance agencies offering insurance bonds to the marijuana industry. This bond is required by state law and we can easily help you determine the correct insurance to accompany your bond.

Medical or Recreational Marijuana Insurance in Vermont

So, regardless of whether you’re producing recreational marijuana edibles, edible marijuana infused products, sodas, oils, capsules or simple selling marijuana itself, you need to protect yourself from loss and lawsuit. Losses to the marijuana industry can range from lightning to theft, fire, hail, windstorms or water damage. You’ve worked hard to establish yourself in this business, so protect yourself with marijuana insurance in Vermont today by calling a licensed agent at DeWitt Blake Insurance.