US (MI): "We are preparing our first harvest, amid a crashing market"

Falling from a high, cannabis products in Michigan have half the value they had eighteen months ago. In just one of three growing rooms at Highway Horticulture, the parent company of Cassopolis dispensary Sunset Coast, growers have 1,942 plants.

Their first harvest season is coming up, and over the next few months, they will narrow their hundreds of strains of cannabis down to about thirty. Lead growers say offering a large variety, and using the best facilities, will help them survive a crashing market.

“We have 1942 plants in this room,” said Chief Cultivation Officer Nicholas Luhowy. “They’re all individual phenotypes across hundreds of strains in the facility.”

Cannabis growers in Michigan, like Luhowy, are experimenting with the genetics of the cannabis plant to create their best strains yet. “Every aroma, from coffee to gasoline, to terrible aromas you might not like, to every fruit and candy, is represented in cannabis,” Luhowy said. “You have to do a massive pheno-farm like this to find those strains that have those aromas.” 

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