A Grower's Code of Ethics... Love, Stinky

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  1. stinkyattic

    stinkyattic CultiModerVatorAtor

    Hello friends, growers, aspiring growers, and fans of the sacred Herb!

    I wanted to take some time and put together a collection of my thoughts on various ethical questions that have come up during the time I’ve been here at canncom.

    This is only the first installment… more to follow.

    It is by no means meant to be a holier-than-thou sermon, just my feelings on a few subjects… growing in your parents’ home, taking others’ outdoor crops, helping out a med user in need, selling, scrounging street lights, intellectual property of breeders, to name a few.

    Some issues were addressed in old threads, and some are just out of my grow journal; I wanted to collect them all in one place to be both a personal manifesto and serve as a reminder that we are NOT criminals, we are honest people with morals and a sense of community.

    When we all stand together peacefully and cooperatively with the common mission of showing our respective governments what we REALLY believe in, there’s no force that can repress us.
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  2. stinkyattic

    stinkyattic CultiModerVatorAtor

    Outdoor Crops

    For the guerilla farmer…

    Since cannabis cultivation is generally illegal, if you want to hold yourself to a higher standard, it is important to remember not to put anyone else in danger, not to harm the environment, and not to break any other laws while cultivating your outdoor crop.

    Where is it appropriate to grow cannabis?

    That is a simple question!

    You should pick your spot to avoid trespassing on private property and potentially endangering the owner of the land you plan to use. A homeowner could be in danger of legal problems if your crop is found by the police, even if the homeowner is not aware of it. He could still face having to pay outrageous legal bills to prove his innocence.

    Places to look for are land owned by very large entities, who are far better protected from legal action, as they can reasonably well say that no representative of that entity is responsible for the plants.

    The railroad company, the power company, and the government all own large tracts of land that are fantastic for growing cannabis. Beneath power lines and along the edges of a railroad cut are classic spots. Parks are good too if you are very careful. Land owned by a logging company can provide wonderful opportunities, as the roads are easy to ride on a mountain bike and the parts of the land suitable for cannabis cultivation are generally NOT suitable for timber harvesting.

    What about the environment?

    Take only pictures (and buds, lol) and leave only footprints, right?

    Don’t leave your used fert bags or empty pots at the site… not just because of the risk of someone noticing them, but because of a respect for the earth. Notice the vegetation near your grow, and try to fit your plants into a logical spot where you aren’t going to need excessive irrigation or to cause a disruption in the ecosystem. Know what local plants are rare or endangered, and don’t interfere with them.
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  3. stinkyattic

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    Outdoor crops continued

    For everyone…

    This is an excerpt from a thread dated October 2006.

    New Thread
    Oct-03-2006, 12:55
    What do I do if I find cannabis plants growing in the wild?

    This question comes up every year about this time.

    You might be out hiking and stumble across a single cannabis plant, or a whole bunch of them.

    Your first reaction might be, "wow, that's a lot of pot, I can't wait to get it home and smoke it! That's enough for the whole winter!", or even "I bet I can sell that stuff and pay off my car loan!"

    But please stop and think for a moment.

    Someone has put those plants there, taken risks, and worked hard caring for them since June. They aren't just growing there by themselves and someone is going to be heartbroken that they're gone.

    Think about the grower as another person.

    Maybe they would like to have some smoke for the winter, but can't afford the prices that dealers charge.

    Maybe they are growing a few plants to sell.

    Maybe they are counting on that income to help buy food and fuel for the coming winter.

    Remember too that one of the obstacles to the legalization of cannabis is the theft, violence, and general dishonesty that can spin off of it. When tokers can be ethical and all get along without stealing each others' stashes, and then having the snots beat out of them for it, the case becomes stronger that it is a relaxing and peaceful way to alter your perceptions.

    So when you stumble on a plant in the woods, remember that as a toker, you are part of this community. Just leave it there for the person who grew it.
  4. stinkyattic

    stinkyattic CultiModerVatorAtor

    Intellectual Property

    Intellectual Property

    An original strain is intellectual property of the breeder, the way a book is property of a writer and should not be reproduced without permission.

    Since we are growing in a real legal grey area, we need to be a self policing community. The breeder often does not have the legal recourse to prevent knockoffs from being sold, as many breeders have to remain anonymous for fear of arrest.

    Refuse to buy knockoffs! It’s like the difference between burning a mix CD for a friend, and buying bootlegged videos off the street. If you want to make a few F2s and keep them as backup, or even give them to your best growing buddy, you have a reasonable right to do that… but to distribute them on a larger scale, or God forbid sell them for profit, is wrong.

    This came from a thread that SubCool (an American breeder) started.

    New Thread… Part of Subcool’s thread…
    Jan-12-2007, 11:24

    Well I believe that ethically you should make every attempt to credit the original breeder if you are going to make a cross using his or her strain... for example, if I were to give you some seeds from a cross that I recently did with a really nice Afghani Dream that I got from a friend, and a Plan B Smashberry, I would give them to you with the heritage listed properly, just like the references in a scientific journal article, when you build upon previous research.

    Now if I were to take those same Plan B Smashberry plants and just cross them to each other, that would be an F2, and I would not THINK of selling those seeds without the written permission of the original breeders, and would actually hesitate to even give them to friends since that strain is still on the market and I would be guilty of basically bootlegging their work.

    I think that once the strain is off the market for whatever reason, such as the retirement of the breeder (which is the case with MasterGrown seeds selling BOG Bogglegum F2's recently on seedbay), if I had the original genetics I'd be happy to give them to friends at that point since the strain is unavailable, and to keep it alive, but it should be easier to convince the original breeder to allow production of the strain, again, WITH CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE, and selling knockoffs without permission is STILL highly unethical. Remember that bitch 420Mory? mm hmm....

    See what I mean?
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  5. Psycho4Bud

    Psycho4Bud The Modfather

    MUCH RESPECT your way stinkyattic! Good karma always finds its way home and I'm sure you have plenty coming.:D

    With all due respect to Latewood and Zandor I'm going to put a sticky on this.....I feel it's justified.:smokin:

    Have a VERY good one!:jointsmile:
  6. stinkyattic

    stinkyattic CultiModerVatorAtor

    Thank you Psycho4Bud.
    I appreciate the support.
  7. latewood

    latewood Banned

    Hey..OK with me. Nice post...

    I don't totally agree with the seed breeding post though. I agree with not buying crap...like mory420 sold, or never delivered. All seeds came from somewhere, before they were bred. So if a grower decides to breed, and produces a quality product...In the name of free enterprise...If said grower turned breeder wants to take the risk of selling his bred creations...He shouldn't be chastized for it. However; I feel that in these cases; credit should be given to the origin of the seeds. peace. Sorry for the rant, but that is how feel. Keep in mind, I said "If" and "Quality".

    a note: Skunk, and Haze...etc. were originally bred somewhere, but then the breeders discussed sell them, after making crosses...NO difference IMO. What makes one breeder favored over the other...Time? I think not. Quality and delivery of said quality product after purchase is my only concern. Maybe I'm wrong, and I am sure someone will bring it up. LOL peace

    Great sticky though, peace
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  8. stinkyattic

    stinkyattic CultiModerVatorAtor

    Well of course that's true! I just think that effort should be made to cite genetic background.. the way dog breeders list pedigrees...
    But Skunk and Haze are also so common as to be prey to the same sorts of reproduction as store-brand snack foods... the Doritos of the pot world, as it were!
    Actually TIME is a neat point! Like the difference between Irish folk music and something that was written by a KNOWN composer and something that was written by a KNOWN, LIVING composer... So for strains that would fall into similar categories, the way I see it... Durban Poison would be like folk music... Skunk #1 would be like the work of a classical composer... something bred last year would fall into the final category... the newer the strain and its parent strains, the more effort should be made to track that information.
    I think the legalization of cannabis will really allow that to happen more efficiently.
    Of course though I agree that quality is of prime importance and that a breeder risks mockery for releasing a crap strain!
    Oh and re-reading the original post, Mastergrown had express permission to make and sell F2s... just so there is no confusion... he was acting with the consent of the original breeder, who had retired.
  9. Volker

    Volker Registered+

    LOL! :D I can't wait till you get to the part about scrounging street lights & security lights. (guilty!)
  10. Chronisseur

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  11. Weedhound

    Weedhound Registered+

    The Doritos of the pot world.....lol. Great one:thumbsup:
  12. onequickmove

    onequickmove Registered+

    growing weed is not a bad thing; don't make yourself a bad person by turning it into one; good stuff stinky
  13. hippiemommaida

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  14. Tox

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  15. legalize_it420_4ever

    legalize_it420_4ever Registered+

    a nice standard to hold yourself too if u can money and greed do crazy things to people sometimes n what do u mean by selling the work do you mean selling the seeds or selling the nug from the plants that grown from the seeds that they gave knowing what was planned for them ur still sayin that credit should b given to the source n draw heat un-necisary to him just a hypothetical situation here but if i gave some1 seeds to grow n they choose to sell to sell the weed thats wrong? i think i might just be confused by what exactly you mean
  16. Shovelhandle

    Shovelhandle Registered+

    please, friends don't let friends steal other people's dope crops.

  17. Tea Party

    Tea Party Banned

    The Ethics of Ownership are not Ethical At All

    It is definitely a good thing to keep track of heredity for historical, scientific, and breeding purposes, BUT I STRONGLY OBJECT TO THE TERM INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. This implies that the egos of growers must be stroked to have a proper growing community. The plants do their breeding by whatever higher power each grower does or does not believe in; the grower just babysits and makes sure they do not kill each other or break up the furniture. At best a farmer is a day laborer, but he/she is not the architect of the fruit.

    I am thinking of the above metaphor of the dog breeder, and I do not think anybody believes a person should have intellectual property rights over the appearance and performance of the offspring of two different yet horny dogs they have kenneled in the back yard. Sure they would die if the breeder did not feed them, but we should be more concerned with the dogs than the breeders and likewise with weed.

    Our society is evolving away from the notion of intellectual property rights, and I think that is a good thing. Ownership of anything is dangerous enough, but genetics? How are you going to feel about this after decriminalization and Pfizer with their 150,000 employees has intellectual property rights over your stash? Then bootlegging will be allowed, I am sure! :D
  18. FlyGuyOU

    FlyGuyOU Registered+

    stinky did you forget about us?
  19. zlessley

    zlessley Registered+

    Tea Party (are you really banned?) it is intellectual property if someone took the time to figure out the genetics (I don't mean like ATCG, more like Mendel's works). Even simply crossing a vigorous male with a very oily lady, that's not god, allah, or anything (well.. maybe the Tao...) anyway, it's human intellect, that may or may not be influence by a higher power, but then who's to say that any author, artist, whoever produced something wasn't influence by said power. SO, by acknowledging that there is intellectual property (i.e. books, paintings, strains of plants) then anyone who has put a thought into what they produced, has made it their own.
    Oh, and btw, there's a reason why pretty much every commercial apple strain (even the ones you buy at the nursery) are either registered trademarks, or are copyrighted. Breeding cannabis is a trade, so is producing it, thus, if you name your stablized strain "booboo-kittyfuck" it's booboo-kittyfuck and nobody should call it anything else, nor should they intentionally disregard your work and not cite your work.


    oh, and the breeder's ego need not be stroked by anyone, just give them credit, at least by using its given name... ie booboo-kittyfuck
  20. stinkyattic

    stinkyattic CultiModerVatorAtor

    I think you're right, it's the effort put into creation of something that does not exist in nature that justifies putting the creator's own stamp on it and asking that it not be reproduced without the blessing of its creator.

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