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US: Organic cannabis? The concept is growing across New England

For the same reasons some people like their spinach and tomatoes pesticide-free, or their sirloin without any hormones or antibiotics, many people prefer their marijuana that way, too – au naturel.

There is a backstory behind your blunt or edible; how was the leafy green grown, and what went into the process and is going into your body when you smoke or ingest it. Enter the concept of organic cannabis.

Consumers of Massachusetts' Local Roots cannabis are also getting fungi, buckwheat, crustacean and alfalfa meals, herbs, and even supplemental crops such as tomatoes and peppers, for example. Also playing a role in the high are worms and other beneficial insects making their home in the soil.

Each individual cannabis pot at Local Roots is its own living ecosystem, said Kelsey Brach, director of cultivation for the woman-owned organic cannabis company, with shops in Marlborough, Fitchburg, and Sturbridge. Their practices focus on cultivating healthy, rich soil to give the plant everything it needs to thrive, rather than turning to synthetic additives.


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