I have long wanted to grow MJ but of the people that I know who do, fully half have been busted or are paranoid to the point of not being able to have a good time at their own place. I fully intend to start growing at some point but what really fascinates me is the variety of methods people use to bring a MJ crop to fruition. What I want is to be able to perfect my equipment and method/ choose the right equipment and method without opening myself to the dangers of actually growing marijuana. Is there a plant that is like MJ in terms of plant structure (stem strength, canopy width, leaf size etc.) and consumption (of water, nute balance, PH, soil, etc.). I know that hops are the closest living relatives to MJ, but they are a vine and don't give me a close enough approximation to the structure of the MJ plant. I don't need an exact mach, just some help getting close so I can have my fun without actually growing pot.