Grower in the spotlight

US (CA): From tech geek to Santa Barbara cannabis grower

Graham Farrar might have been the classic all-American boy next door, the hardworking kid who mowed neighbors’ lawns in the afternoon and delivered their newspapers in the morning. He might even have grown up to become the doctor that both he and his parents thought he would. Instead, Farrar ​— ​Goleta…

US (WA): Auto-flowering cannabis campus approved for final inspection

Bougainville announces that after a very thorough review the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has finally approved the tenant grower to prepare the Oroville location for final inspection. Leading up to final inspection the tenant grower will be required to provide updates detailing how…

US (LA): Southern University plants first seeds in medical marijuana venture

Southern University officially planted its first seeds in its partnership to supply medicinal marijuana for patients in Louisiana. Present were representatives from the Southern University System administration, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and Southern product vendor…

CAN (BC): Lotus Ventures ramping up production

Lotus Ventures has completed the commissioning of its Armstrong facility and expects its initial harvest in September 2019. As the company prepares for a busy fall season, they provide their objectives for 2019, heading into 2020. Initial harvest Lotus initially brought 75 live plants into the facility…

Khurram Malik, Biome Grow CEO:

"You need to build everything around healthy, high quality plants"

“We have to legitimize our product, we have to build stories around it,” says Khurram Malik, CEO of Biome Grow. Biome Grow is a Canadian medicinal cannabis producer that is looking at opportunities in the international market. “The biggest challenge for medical cannabis is convincing doctors that certain…

"CannTrust CEO knew about unlicensed grow room"

Chief Executive Officer Peter Aceto told senior company officials to “continue as planned” and plant cannabis in an unlicensed room in mid-November, according to internal company documents obtained by BNN Bloomberg that establish a clear timeline of when illegal production was brought to management’s…

Why Israel's biggest MMJ firm doesn't have a license to operate in the country

It’s Israel’s biggest and oldest medical marijuana company, but until this week, when a court issued an interim order allowing it to resume sales of cannabis flowers, it had been effectively banned from the market. As of Tuesday morning, Tikun Olam had resumed sales at its retail shops in Tel Aviv and…

UK: Hemp and CBD grower's license revoked, crop destroyed

Not-for-profit Hempen have begun destroying their crop in Oxfordshire, as the Home Office belatedly denied their license to grow hemp in the UK. This decision has a far-reaching impact, not just on the not-for-profit’s operations, but also on the livelihoods of its workers. Home Office guidance in…

US (CA): High-end cannabis cultivator goes green

Weed might be green, but growing cannabis isn't always environmentally friendly. Outdoor farming impacts rivers and streams and indoor greenhouses consume significant amounts of energy. Canndescent's Adrian Sedlin gave Cheddar's Alyssa Julya Smith a tour of the company's first-in-the-industry…

US (OH): Galenas premieres Akron marijuana cultivation facility in tour

In between warehouses and auto shops sits Galenas, a modern, slope-roofed building at 1956 S. Main St. in Akron. From the outside, the building doesn’t give the slightest hint of its purpose until near the door, where a faint smell of marijuana lingers in the air. It’s a signal that Galenas LLC’s first…

growers question Massachusetts' ban of chemical crop protection:

"Cannabis industry held to a different standard than all the other industries”

When state regulators ordered Triple M and Good Chemistry to temporarily close their marijuana dispensaries due to chemical crop protection use last year, both companies had a similar response: Everyone is doing it. Jim Smith, an attorney who represented Good Chemistry (and their cultivation facility in…

US (MA): Growing facilities planned in Lee

New growing facilities are being planned in Lee, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. A medical marijuana grower in Washington state has become the third entrepreneur to receive…

CAN (ON): Reverse takeover to help grower expand facilities

Another player with aggressive expansion plans in the Canadian MMJ industry. Recently ONErgy announced its intentions to purchase GaiaCann Inc. Last month they signed a letter of intent to do so. Completion of the Transaction would result in a reverse takeover and change of business of the Company under…

Four friends, one mission: to organically grow as much hemp as they can

Todd Curtis and his wife, Erika French, bought a house in Lincoln last summer, saw the land, met the people and fell in love with the weather. Their mutual friend Aidan Attardo suggested their friend Tom Whyte consider extending his small 10,000-square-foot cannabis farm in Penn Valley, California, into…

"lapses in security cannot and will not be tolerated"

US (PA): Cease and desist order for MMJ grower

The Department of Health ordered AgriMed Industries of PA, LLC, in Carmichaels, Pa., to cease and desist harvesting, cutting or destroying marijuana plants without a…

CAN (BC): Lower outdoor harvest expected for CannTrust

After closing the purchase of its first 81 acres of land in British Columbia for outdoor cannabis cultivation, CannTrust immediately invested in fencing, security, irrigation and other land preparation activities and applied for Health Canada approval to plant and cultivate on the land. Based on its…

US (MA): Grower charged with violating state securities law

Secretary of State William Galvin has charged David Caputo and the company he founded, Holyoke-based Positronic Farms, with violating state securities laws. According to an…

US (MA): Grow Space New England heading into planning phase of project

Developers are moving forward with plans to build greenhouses for a marijuana cultivation facility on a 30-acre property on Route 12 near Corey Hill Road, Ashburnham. Representative Robert Wolf for Grow Space New England presented the idea to selectmen during a June 3 meeting, explaining the process and…

US (CA): County Planning Commission denies appeal of Carpinteria-area cannabis cultivation

Wednesday’s appeal hearing for a Carpinteria Valley cannabis grow became an hours-long dissection of the county’s odor-control regulations, and the Planning Commission voted to grant approval for the project but with additional conditions. County staff approved a coastal-development permit for operator…

CAN (BC): Northern Lights Organics farm establishes sustainable supply of high CBD hemp seeds

Weekend Unlimited’s Northern Lights Organics 70% owned farm in Northern BC has successfully completed its test plot for high CBD hemp seeds resulting in over 50,000 high quality, hand sorted seeds in its nursery greenhouse. “As we advance the Northern Lights Organics Farm’s business plan, a critical…

Cannabis grower obtains formal licence in Uganda

EXMceuticals has received its formal full authorisations and permits for its Uganda operations. This allows for the large-scale cultivation of cannabis, the extraction of cannabis ingredients and the export of the extracts. Through its local subsidiary, Prime Ranchers Limited, EXM will now be able to…

Greenhouse now fully canopied with 100,000-plant inventory

US (NV): First harvest complete at Flower One’s 455,000 sq. ft. facility

Flower One announces the completion of its inaugural cannabis harvest at the company’s 455,000 square-foot commercial-scale greenhouse facility – the largest in the state of Nevada. With the greenhouse now 100 percent canopied, the company has commenced an expected ongoing harvest averaging 10,000…

US (MN): Hemp grower fights state to keep his crop

Eagles often soar overhead as Luis Hummel tends to his hemp crop in southeastern Minnesota. Though he has only a few acres just down the road from the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, what he’s hoping to harvest in the fall could provide a multimillion-dollar yield. The state Department of…

$14 Million acquisition within a week after new Colorado cannabis rules

Remember how last week the Colorado governor Jared Polis approved multiple cannabis reform bills, making acquisitions easier for the cannabis industry? It didn't fall on deaf ears. This week, Medicine Man announced the acquisition of 2 Colorado cannabis ventures. Medicine Man Technologies, Inc. announced…

CAN (BC): Vertical farming for cannabis gets trial run

A Langley-based cannabis firm is looking to build the community’s first vertical farm for growing industrial hemp. Zenabis, which merged with longtime Langley greenhouse firm Bevo last year, has received a hemp cultivation license from Health Canada, with growing to take place in Langley, Pitt Meadows,…

Danish nursery ready for cannabis cultivation

Nursery Rosa Danica, on the Danish island of Funen, is ready to build a mega greenhouse complex for growing medicinal cannabis. This will be realized in cooperation with the international cooperation FUTRUE Group from Germany. Rosa Danica will be the fourth horticulture company to make the switch to…

US (CA): County Planning Commission to hear cannabis cultivation appeal

The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission is about to hear its first appeal for a cannabis cultivation permit and it’s for a property in the Carpinteria Valley, where residents have raised odor-related complaints for years. Marijuana has been grown in the valley for several years and, in many cases,…

CAN (ON): First licensed producer in Canada to start growing cannabis outdoors

WeedMD will begin planting more than 20,000 cannabis plants during the week of June 10, 2019 at its Strathroy, Ontario site. The company expects to be the first licensed producer in Canada to start growing cannabis outdoors. “We are leading the way and making history as the first Canadian LP expected to…

How one Colombian-born elite M.B.A. grad is breaking the MMJ grass ceiling

"When I first met Bibiana Rojas during business school, she was pursuing the traditional M.B.A. graduate path and joining a top management consulting firm," the journalist Miriam Grobman says. "Ten years have passed and we lost touch. I was surprised to find out that she was back to Colombia and running…


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