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Former car execs run cannabis company and use jet engine tech in production

As a long-time car executive for high-end brands such as Bentley, Mark Del Rosso knows what luxury car connoisseurs would want from a cannabis company, and they don't seem to be getting it now. "There are a lot of people that are not being spoken to, regardless of income," Rosso said. "It's all about the…

Christian Powers, Director of Cultivation, Bask, Inc.:

US (MA): “Moving from an indoor grow to a greenhouse facility dramatically reduced our utility costs”

"Our greenhouse facility is about ten times the size as our previous indoor grow and costs roughly the same to operate." From full environmental control to supplemental lighting, automated drip irrigation, and under-bench heating systems. That is just some of the technology that Bask uses to achieve the…

Beena Goldenberg on Organigram’s record results

CAN: “Our facility expansion increased our production to 85,000 kgs of cannabis”

“There have been a lot of Canadian producers that only focus on selling premium flower. But the truth is that people are looking for the best quality product at the right price. In a high inflationary market, you have to be able to provide consumers with what they are looking for,” says Beena Goldenberg,…

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“With outdoor cultivation from seed we can see variation with each cultivar and select the most robust phenotypes for our microclimate"

When EOS Farms launched into the Massachusetts cannabis industry more than two years ago, they had a beautiful vision, a supportive board of investors, and a differentiated business plan to grow the best outdoor cannabis in the Northeast. There were a lot of skeptics when it came to growing outdoors in…

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Greece: MMJ production plant inaugurated in Corinth

Greece’s first-ever pharmaceutical cannabis production plant was inaugurated at Examilia, in Corinth. The investment by Tikun Europe, a subsidiary of Israel-based Tikun Olam, was welcomed by Greek Development & Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis, who called the inauguration a historic day, speaking…

Cultivation Elevated podcast

Harvested by hand, crafted by culture

Jay Bouton is the Senior Director of Cultivation at Culta, Maryland's vertically-integrated craft cannabis brand. In Pipp Horticulture's Cultivation Elevated podcast, Jay joins the show to share his role at Culta, the inspiration behind the name, and their work at Culta. Jay expounds on the Cravo system,…

Carmen Doran, Helius Therapeutics

Bringing international best practices to New Zealand cannabis

"In 2022, we achieved both GACP and GMP certification. Moreover, we brought NZ-grown, NZ-made products to market for our Kiwi patients – a first in NZ," explains Carmen Doran, CEO of Helius Therapeutics. The New Zealand company is vertically integrated, working from plant to patient. In their 8,800…

Bobby Mitchell, Green Tree Scrog:

US (MS): “Retractable trellising system proven to reduce harvesting time by up to 60%”

“We’ve completed the side-by-side trials, and the results were fantastic. Compared to traditional trellising netting, our retractable system reduces harvest times by up to 60%. With less plant-touching, it also naturally improves the quality of the flower, and lastly, there is zero waste after…

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Scotland’s first medical cannabis facility raises £2 million

Scotland's first medical cannabis production facility has secured £2 million in private investment to become one of the largest producers in the UK. Hilltop Leaf founders Hamish Clegg, Neil Ewart, and Will Ewart have secured the money from UK investment house Traditum and a number of private investors.…

The Vicksburg Post

US (MI): Vicksburg’s first medical cannabis cultivation facility prepares for distribution

Just north of downtown Vicksburg lies a new industry in a retrofitted warehouse: Big River Cannabis company.  Owned by California transplant Phen Schlett and Jackson native Reed Nicholas, the large-scale cannabis cultivation facility is in its infancy while the company awaits the go-ahead from the state of…

Rob Patton, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Green Meadows:

US (MA): “In homage to our heritage, we grow cannabis entirely organically”

“No matter what our future developments look like, we are proud to have achieved our initial goal of providing medicinal cannabis to veterans,” says Rob Patton, Co-Founder and CMO of Green Meadows. The company grows its cannabis organically in Massachusetts and will be expanding to Connecticut this year.…

Medcan / A Current Affair

Inside Australia's biggest indoor vertical cannabis farm

"We are forecasting $100 million in turnover as medical cannabis gains popularity in Australia for pain relief," says Craig Cochran, CEO of Medcan Australia. The company is currently working on what will be the largest vertical indoor cannabis farm in Australia. Once the site is fully operational, they…

William Terry on Farming First’s 134 acre production

US (CA): “There is a growing demand for affordable cannabis that is farmed with low environmental impact”

“We wanted to have a big impact, which is why we created such a large project.” A new California cannabis company was recently announced, which will be one of the largest outdoor cannabis farms in the state. In Santa Barbara County, Farming First Holdings has established 134 acres of rolling outdoor…

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New York medical cannabis facility focuses on adult-use demands

As New York prepares for the opening of the first recreational cannabis dispensaries upstate, PharmaCann General Manager of Cultivation Jake Warsavage is excited about the opportunities that the adult-use market brings for companies that have been serving the medical cannabis community for the past six…

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US (IL): After corruption scandal, dem insider finds second career in cannabis

For decades, Mike Noonan was the consummate Illinois political insider. He aggressively worked on Democratic campaigns in all sorts of communities and was a big player in the behind-the-scenes jostling over legislation at the state Capitol. After years as a staffer and top political operative for…

Ben Smith, Coastal Cultivars:

US (MA): “The key is to find partnerships with people who appreciate our cultivation practices”

“Even though we are one of the state’s largest outdoor cannabis growers, we are definitely noticing the increasing competition. While many retailers just care about the best price, it is important for us to find partnerships with retailers who appreciate our organic practices,” says Ben Smith, Co-Founder…

Tom Devost, Golden Peak Cannabis:

CAN: “As THC is driving the sales, some great strains are being left out”

“There are a lot of really great strains that we would like to grow, but they just don’t have the THC level that would make them viable in the marketplace. At the same time, some consumers seem to find other factors very important as well, such as aroma and terpene levels,” says Tom Devost, Co-Owner and…

Halo Cannabis / Tucson Weekly

"We are family owned, no investors, no debt"

Halo Cannabis has everything needed to produce cannabis and cannabis goodies. The 40,000-square-foot building boasts ten flowering rooms, three bedrooms, and one nursery. At Halo Cannabis, quality is the priority. Cultivated by its tenured agriculture engineers, the Halo Cannabis facility produces only…


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