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It’s harvest time for P.E.I.’s budding community of cannabis growers

‘You can grow the best cannabis to its absolute potential and then completely ruin it when you harvest it’

Under a cloudy October sky, freelance photographer Sean Berrigan looks over his crop of organic outdoor cannabis plants while considering when the best time to harvest will be.

“There’s a little bit of an issue sometimes growing outside, especially in our climate here on the East Coast,” Berrigan said. “We live in a very humid and damp environment so humidity — or high humidity — can be stressful and can be challenging for some growers.”

Under the regulations around cannabis legalization, Canadians are permitted to grow up to four plants per household — either indoor or outdoors — as long as they follow the federal Cannabis Act.

That includes a requirement that any plants being grown must be safely locked away from those under the age of 19 or someone visiting a home. Plants grown outside must be out of view from public spaces and in a locked enclosure at least 1.52 metres high.

People are limited to transporting no more than 30 grams of dried cannabis flowers (known as bud and the part that is smoked) or the equivalent of other cannabis products.

As the four plants could produce far more cannabis than that, there is no limit to what a household can possess as long as other regulations around safe storage are being followed.

This is the second season that Berrigan has grown plants outdoors — the first season was good, he said, but there’s still lots to learn to maximize the bounty of his harvest.

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