In late March Indianapolis sanctioned that the First Church of Cannabis is in fact a real church. But now they have something even more impressive: tax exemption.
Even though marijuana is illegal in Indiana, this hemp temple is getting around this law by operating under the state's newly-approved Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This act secures that interests in religious freedom are protected.
The church's first meeting will be held non-coincidentally on the same day that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act takes effect, July 1, 2015. The basis of the religion is “to start a church based on love and understanding with compassion for all.”
Bill Levin, founder of the First Church of Cannabis says the church will feature a canna choir and a band. Levin says the church plans to grow hemp; although the church will not buy or sell marijuana, smoking will apparently be allowed.
Hopefully, in the future, 4/20 will become a religious holiday and we can all stay home from work and smoke all day.
PREVENT LOSING FAVORITE STRAIN BY GOOD PRESERVATION
Storing marijuana seeds shouldn't be a difficult subject matter, yet every toking Tom will tell you their method is the best only to come out with half your seeds ending up unusable.
Often times storage methods are not considered serious enough. Yet, when you spend enough dough on your favorite strains, you don't want any of them ending up barren due to a silly mistake that you've made.
Now, I know many of you have never explored using your green thumb to plant anything until you've considered growing your own nugs, but let's take it back to 3rd-grade science. We all know that in order for a seed to germinate it needs a few vital things. Like the saying goes “April showers bring May flowers.” It needs moisture, light, and warm temperatures. So, if you want to keep your seeds from germinating avoid all those things. Sounds simple enough, right?
So to break it down, you're going to need an airtight container like a film canister for example.
Then, put a few silica gel beads or rice grains in your container to soak up any accidental moisture. The humidity should be no more than 10%. Put your seeds in a tiny envelope, bag, or ideally vacuum packed and then put it in your air-tight container. Make sure to label what's inside each container with a date on it as well. You don't want to take your seeds out unless you have to; temperature changes and exposure to light aren't good for viability in the long run. Now you're ready to put your babies away for planting next year. Avoid putting them in the fridge door where the temperature tends to vary, better in a back corner somewhere.
I understand that sometimes you live with other people and you don't want them to get their grubby little fingers on your seeds. If you don't want to have a mysterious canister in the back of your fridge labeled “Nothing in this canister is worth dying for” then you can take a riskier option and store your seeds in a closet, under your bed, someplace dark and protected. However, these places may be more susceptible to temperature change and the #1 enemy of seed storage: humidity. In this case, you must be adamant when it comes to moisture control.
Store your seeds properly and you can sleep well at night knowing that next year and maybe a few years after the next you can still enjoy growing your most beloved strain of seeds.