District Pot Farmers Show Off Their Harvest
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District Pot Farmers Show Off Their Harvest
Posted by CN Staff on September 13, 2015 at 10:44:03 PT
By Perry Stein
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. -- When Samson Paisely entered the buds of his marijuana plant in the D.C. State Fair’s first-ever marijuana competition Saturday, he wanted to pay tribute to a man who legalized another once-illicit substance. So he named the strain of marijuana “Delano,” after Franklin Delano Roosevelt — the president who repealed the country’s prohibition of alcohol in 1933.“If we can repeal prohibition, then surely we can smoke [marijuana] in America,” said Paisely, 45, who grew the plants in his Adams Morgan home.
Paisely was one of 64 people to enter the competition hosted by the 5th annual fair in Shaw, which is sponsored by a nonprofit organization.Hundreds of D.C. residents attended the kitschy festivities to see which of their neighbors could bake the tastiest pie, knit the nicest sweater, make the best pickles and grow the longest vegetables.And this year, fair organizers added a competition to allow the District’s newest league of amateur gardeners to show off their skills: The “Best Bud” competition, which drew the biggest crowd.The city legalized marijuana in February and, under the new law, people can cultivate up to six marijuana plants at home, with no more than three plants mature at a time. That means the first crops of marijuana have had time to take root and provide some homegrown buzz.“We are normal here. This is treated like home brew and everything else,” said Adam Eidinger, one of the competition’s judges and a prominent District activist who organized the campaign to legalize marijuana through a voter initiative. “We belong here.”By late afternoon, the judges, who had already whittled the 64 submissions down to five finalists, used magnifying glasses to closely examine the buds for any infestations or mold.“You are not going to win this competition with any of that,” Eidinger yelled from the elevated stage as hundreds of fair attendees crowded around the judges’ table.The panel of three judges based their choices on a plant’s appearance, odor, touch and the story behind it. Because consuming marijuana in public is still illegal, the marijuana was not judged based on potency or effectiveness.Kenneth Gore, a horticultural systems engineer at Capitol Growers Inc., took first prize — which included a blue ribbon and a $50 gift certificate to Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant — for his strain called “Capital Chronic OG.”“It feels amazing. It feels validating to get recognized for doing something you love to do,” he said.Not all finalists were as horticulturally advanced as Gore. Patrick Burns, 27, an artist, was already growing tomatoes and other vegetables on his large patio at his Columbia Heights apartment. When marijuana was legalized, he bought about $200 worth of gardening supplies, read up online, and quickly became a successful amateur pot grower. He reached the finals Saturday and seemed in good spirits when he didn’t make it into the top three.“I lost, but I still have a ton of pot to smoke,” he said.Other attractions at Saturday’s fair included a pet parade, a Ben’s Chili Bowl stand, food trucks and a vendor selling D.C.-themed tchotchkes. Let’sGrowDC, an indoor gardening supply store in Southeast that hosted the “Best Bud” competition, gave out 30 small clippings of marijuana plants at its tent that people could use to grow plants of their own.Anna Tauzin, a board member and outreach director for the organization that hosted the fair, said that despite the addition of the marijuana competition, the fair remained a family-friendly event with no disruptions or problems with people smoking marijuana in public.“This is not a pot festival,” she said. “I’m impressed that everyone has been behaving themselves.”Perry Stein covers D.C., Maryland and Virginia.Source: Washington Post (DC) Author:  Perry Stein Published: September 12, 2015Copyright: 2015 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on September 17, 2015 at 15:29:51 PT
"Horticultural systems engineer".
"Kenneth Gore, a horticultural systems engineer at Capitol Growers Inc., took first prize — which included a blue ribbon and a $50 gift certificate to Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant — for his strain called “Capital Chronic OG.”That's some stiff competition!“I’m impressed that everyone has been behaving themselves.”I am, too. I'm touched somehow. That's class... real class, and in the prohib's face. Excellent. I'm not surprised, either.Way to go, D. C. !
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Comment #1 posted by Universer on September 17, 2015 at 00:19:27 PT
The Weed Is Free: WaPo
"First legal harvest of marijuana fueling gray market for pot in U.S. capital" live in Northern Virginia, so tantalizingly close to D.C...and yet still, somehow, so far.We're making progress in the Old Dominion...but it's slow and painstaking. Still, progress nonetheless.In this, however, we ain't D.C. We ain't even Maryland.So close.
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