Considered the bible of marijuana growers in the world, «Marijuana Handbook for Growers» will certainly have more of a place on your nightstand than that heap of crap on Jesus of Nazareth. Its author, however, is no less of a prophet. Born in the Bronx in 1944, its in the 70s that Ed Rosenthal was first spoken about. While the Vietnam War was in full swing, some activists, of which he was a part, were giving their body and soul to fight the massacre in which the United States became mired. Once the cause had been successfully defended, Ed and a handful of resistants turned towards marijuana and its virtues. His expertise and his exceptional knowledge of botany even caused conflict within the American government during his arrest in 2002. Information Technology had its Steve Jobs, Porno has Sasha Grey, and Cannabis, Ed Rosenthal. This guys has done more cross breeding and research in the field than you’ve wacked your willy in your whole life. After scouring the middle of the grow culture for years , he received the title of « Guru of Ganja « from the first time he wrote for High Times. Today Ed is considered a genius and is a reference for activists all over the world.
Jacker / Hey Ed, can you present yourself ?
Ed / My name is Ed Rosenthal. I’m a researcher, writer and activist. I’ve been doing that for a long time.
J / How did you really get engaged in cannabis, its legalization and the grow-culture ? And what is your opinion of all of that ?
E / I really got involved with it when I was with the hippies. We were really into ending the Vietnam War activities. And when the war went down, we seemed to make more for the issue of marijuana because nobody else was doing it. We were really not leftwing, radical, but not leftwing.
J / What would be the perfect cannabis policy for you ?
E / I would like to see a free marketing of cannabis, probably with a prohibition similar to tobacco. Tobacco can be bought at any time, but you have to be of a certain age to purchase it. It should show the amount of THC, its organic value and everything. People should be able to enter or exit the market freely.
J / Can you tell us about the benefits of a market ?
E / I think society would definitely benefit from including mari- juana into society rather than excluding it, the way illegalization creates bad situations. The government protects plants that have been treated chemically or that are unsafe, or food that is unsafe.
J / 2002 was a bad year for you, tell us about.
E / I’m not gonna go into the whole case you know. But I’m gonna give you the major points. I was told by the city state of federal government that under the guidelines I was free from arrest as long as I stay in the balance of their laws’ regulations. But it was a matter of effect, that I was arrested by the federal government. And at the tribunal, I was not allowed to bring up the fact that I was told by an other government official that I was totally legal. The main thing about the case was the fact that I had a lot of publicity, it helped to change the case’s direction, the way the press reported the case. The turning-point came when the New York Times covered it. The jury renounced its decision and that’s the first time in American History that it has ever happened. I had a second court case where it was pre-said that even if I was guilty I couldn’t be sentenced to anything. That’s the first time that any- body has ever heard of the government tryin’ to punish somebody they couldn’t punish. They did it just to try to get me.
J / Tell us more about your famous grow book.
E / Well, first of all it’s the more up to date scientific grow-book that’s available. Marijuana Handbook for Growers is based on a different approach than the other books. Most of them tell how to garden, but this one tells how people should be gardening. It’s really far advanced.
J / Why are you called Guru of Ganja ?
E / I used to write for High Times. And they called me that. That’s how it all got started. Sounds ok.
J / Can you tell us more about the Oakserdam University ?
E / Yeah ! That was the first school totally dedicated to cannabis and not only cultivation but also aspects of running dispensaries, legal businesses ... A really professional group of professors, well known and respected in their fields. And it still exists by the way. It was originally sponsored by Richard Lee who runs different dispensaries. It seems to be doing ok now.
J / Give our readers 3 growing tips.
E / One is marijuana’s quality is mostly determined by starting with the best seeds possible, of a variety that you really like because that’s what you are going to get.
Second is to, no matter what the books says, or a video, or the back of a package, or a garden store ... believe your eyes. And if a plant doesn’t look healthy, then it is not. And that’s a really important thing.
And then the third thing is, provide everything the plant needs. It needs light, nutrients, water, carbon dioxide and an adequate temperature, in the low 20s.
J / Who was baked first on 4/20? You or Snoop ?
E / Well... I think we both were on stage and were doing a countdown together. Hehe...
J / Your favourite variety ?
E / It’s definitly the Ed Rosenthal Super Budd.