US (MO): Aquaponic farmer hoping to open MMJ facility in Missouri

Dre Taylor is one of 2,100 applicants hoping to open a medical marijuana facility in Missouri.

He’s hoping his experience founding and operating Nile Valley Aquaponics at East 29th Street and Wabash Avenue will give him a leg-up.

“As the water goes through, it provides nutrients for our plants and our plants are able to grow,” Taylor explained.

Aquaponics is a system that raises fish, and the fish waste is turned into nutrients to feed plants.

“Basically, the same principle would be used to grow medical marijuana,” Taylor said.

He said the method of recycling water eliminates the need to add chemicals to help the plants grow.

Taylor's goal is to open facilities for cultivation, manufacturing and dispensing. He wants to get into the medical marijuana industry in same spirit he started Nile Valley Aquaponics.


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