US (OR): Cannabis grower works to innovate industry in Portland and beyond

A local cannabis grower is working to innovate the industry—both technically and in terms of equity—in Portland and beyond. Jesce Horton is the CEO of LOWD cannabis company and he’s using his background in engineering to help innovate the process.

That includes creating a unique ergonomic trim room and being efficient with water and energy use. In addition to cultivating weed, Horton also co-founded a nonprofit to help people of color find success in the industry. 

NuLeaf Project works to provide grants and zero-to-low interest loans as well as technical support to entrepreneurs and workers in the cannabis industry from communities disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs. 

“As I got into the industry and saw the opportunity that was afforded to me, I figured I had to do some things. There was like easy to do good in the industry, right, there are so many good things to do that it wasn’t like I had to go and do this whole effort in order to do a lot of good,” Horton said.


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