Cultivation

US (CA): "We are focused on the employees"

As some California cannabis companies eye massive expansions, with some turning to a Canadian stock exchange, one Monterey County business is bucking the trend. The only growth Sparx Cannabis is planing in the near future is cultivating plants and sales to consumers, said Jared Helfant, its president and…

Growing sustainable cannabis using fish

Cannabis is green, but that doesn't mean that the cannabis industry is eco-friendly. Recent studies have shown that many large-scale indoor cannabis farms are often big-time polluters that contribute to smog and consume massive amounts of water and electricity. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that…

CAN: Company completes planting of outdoor cannabis crop

Aleafia Health has completed the planting of its first outdoor crop, less than one week after securing Health Canada approval for outdoor cultivation. To the Company’s knowledge, Aleafia Health is the first licensed producer to complete a large-scale, legal outdoor crop in Canadian history. Plants in the…

"Specialized knowledge and expertise determines the success of a medical cannabis project"

There is a race in this market at the moment: the race is on to be the first to produce medicinal cannabis on a large scale and to secure the promised returns. Dave van Schip, Project leader at Codema is responsible for getting many cannabis greenhouses production-ready on time all over the world.…

CAN (BC): Cherry Wine hemp seedlings ready for transplanting

Future Farm Technologies has successfully completed the indoor cultivation stage of its 2019 hemp-for-wellness crop. "Nearly 200,000 seedlings are now ready to be transplanted from the our facility in Belfast, Maine to a 100-acre field in Hersey, Maine," the team with the company says. Cherry Wine Hemp…

As legal cannabis spreads, growers go organic and beyond

On a noisy, littered block in southeast San Francisco lined end-to-end with mismatched warehouses, Chris Lu grows organic cannabis for discerning customers in California's…

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…

Licensed cultivation area increases from 22,000 sq. ft. to 314,000 sq. ft.

Aleafia Health secures outdoor cultivation licence

Aleafia Health has been granted approval by Health Canada for outdoor cannabis cultivation. On June 7, 2019, the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Aleafia Farms was granted a…

Tyler Schloesser, American Cannabis Company COO

"Many people would not think that soil can be high-tech"

The cannabis industry is booming all around the world, with North America at the forefront. Other countries have followed suit, but the need for expertise to guide operators through this nascent industry is apparent. That is why American Cannabis Company decided to expand its reach on a global scale,…

Some orchid nurseries have a history of changing crops

A few weeks ago, I visited one of the largest Phalaenopsis growers in central Florida, DeLeon’s Bromeliads. The nursery has been there for decades and workers were frantically packing orders. It was peak season and the colorful blooms seemed to go on for miles. A large sign on the property read, “Closing…

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,…

Setting light levels for cannabis growth

When growing cannabis indoors, lighting is a major consideration. Growers have their opinions on what types of lights to use and which spectrum works best. But one part of the lighting equation is clear: a certain quantity of light is necessary to produce a healthy crop. Measuring Light Levels with PPFD…

ZW: Prison applies to grow cannabis to fund operations

A prison in Zimbabwe has applied to grow cannabis to fund its operations. Recreational use of the drug remains illegal in Zimbabwe, though the government said it would license growers who could produce the drug for medicinal and scientific purposes under strict conditions. If approved, this would be a…

US (CO): Jefferson County grower to make state's second MMJ crop available

Natural State Medicinals Cultivation in Jefferson County will be the second marijuana grower to harvest and make cannabis product available to Arkansans making the trek to Hot Springs this weekend, company officials said late Thursday evening. Starting Friday (May 31), Natural State will deliver its…

Mark Verdouw, Olsthoorn Greenhouse Projects

"Positive investment climate in Germany"

Olsthoorn Greenhouse Projects builds about 15 projects in Germany every year. Mark Verdouw, co-owner of Olsthoorn Greenhouse Projects, is responsible for sales in Germany and the man who makes sure that everything goes according to the customer’s wishes. Mark joined Olsthoorn in 2002. He already had much…

Advantages of growing hemp in a greenhouse

With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last year, the United States gave the green light for farmers to begin cultivating hemp by removing it from the list of Schedule I Controlled Substances. Hemp has been grown for hundreds of years all over the world due to its versatility as a textile and for its…

US (IN): Specialist to assist growers with industrial hemp production

Marguerite Bolt, who recently received her master’s degree in entomology from Purdue University and also has a background in horticulture and beekeeping, has been appointed as Purdue Extension’s first hemp production specialist. “Purdue University is committed to fully evaluating and supporting the many…

"Workers returning year after year: more than a partnership"

"When you have workers returning year after year, the partnerships reach beyond just the day to day operations of the farm. It should come as no surprise that friendships form and farmers and workers alike see the relationship as an investment in one another, their stories, and their lives." This is said…

The cannabis patent race

It’s not every day you get a true Eureka! moment in science. But Andrew Alfred, chief scientist at the Denver-based cannabis company, LivWell, recently did. The company grows cannabis in a giant indoor “farm” for sale at their dispensaries in Colorado and Oregon. Alfred said one day “we had someone come into our office and say…

Tissue culture applied to cannabis

Developed some thirty years ago, tissue culture is a collection of in vitro techniques used to reproduce plants under sterile conditions, in a fully equipped laboratory. Simply put, tissue culture allows to grow an entire cannabis plant from a single cell, a group of cells or tissues or one or several…

US (NJ): Owner of proposed MMJ facility now wants to grow lettuce instead

Cannabis, over the years, has been derisively called the “Devil’s Lettuce” by some, but in Brick, the co-owner of a would-be medical marijuana farming operation has switched…

US (UT): Growers are applying to grow MMJ

Lyle Christensen is a fifth-generation farmer. Descended from Icelandic immigrants, the land he works on has been handed down from father to son. Christensen is hoping to take his family's farm into the future by pursuing a license to grow medical cannabis under the state-run program. "My family are…

"Hemp could impact cannabis production"

Producers of legal cannabis in Norfolk might want to figure out ways to seal off their operations from the outdoor environment. This week, Norfolk principal planner Mat Vaughan said farmers interested in the production of hemp have contacted county offices. If hemp is added to the agricultural mix in…

"Cultivating outdoor is too risky as a basis for global enterprise"

While many yearn for a focus on low-cost, environmentally-friendly outdoor cultivation, Aurora says its ‘re-inventing cannabis production’ on its way to building a ‘global empire’. The leading Canadian cannabis company says its U.S. $100 million-plus, hi-tech ‘Sky’ rooms are capable of producing over six…

"Cannabis terpenes are about to hit big"

In a period of just five scant years, cannabis has gone from the frequently maligned status of stoner counterculture to a Kardashian-level social phenomenon. Popularity of the plant has eclipsed even the most avid marijuana supporters’ expectations. That success has had a lot to do with many decades of…

"A recall can be devastating - but not if one has technology on its side"

A recall can be devastating for a cannabis grower ー but not if it has technology on its side. Agtech company Artemis aims to mitigate or altogether prevent catastrophic…

The importance of the root zone temperature

Every grower tries to maximize their yield and to keep the production cost low. With regards to the cannabis industry, this result can be achieved in many ways, from optimizing climate control to choosing the right strain to grow. But the question still remains: Is there a way to improve a grower’s…

Making it more viable to turn agricultural waste into renewable fuel

Although the stalks and leaves of a corn plant can be turned into ethanol, the high cost of collecting, storing, and transporting the material has limited its use in producing the fuel. Ajay Shah, an agricultural engineer with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental…

Is cannabis odor a part of farming or an environmental problem?

Something stinks in the cannabis business, and according to Vancouver’s air quality planner, it’s the plants themselves. In a recent Metro Vancouver’s Climate Action Committee meeting — a committee made up of representatives from municipalities across Metro Vancouver — Julie Saxton, air quality planner…

Jesse Denton, Kief Cannabis Company CEO

Discussing the recent changes by Health Canada

Earlier this month, Health Canada suddenly made changes to the license application process that will affect many new applicants or early-stage applicants . This decision arrived in a bid to reduce application waiting times. According to Jesse Denton, CEO with Kief Cannabis, these changes will have many…

Talking Terpenes with Cultivation Classic judges

For anyone who cares one iota about cannabis and its future, Cultivation Classic is the event of the year. The science involved in the fourth annual organic cannabis…

CAN (ON): “Ontario is a wonderful place to grow"

Now that the nicer weather is here, many gardeners have been busy planting flowers and vegetables. And for the first time this spring, something else is being put in the…

The 2019 High Times Hydro Report

Another year flashes by and we arrive back to the annual “High Times Hydro Report”—a place of learning for those interested in growing crops of buds without soil and for those already eyeball deep…

Cannabis plants budding success for medicinal market in top-secret Tasmanian greenhouse

It's the greenhouse that will make you green with envy but only a select few will be able to visit the Tasmanian Botanics processing facility — for security reasons. The…

The ups and downs of vertical farming

The term Vertical Farming (VF) can be used to define a variety of concepts. For some, it might conjure up images of tall structures with plants growing on the outside, while others may imagine stacks of shipping containers. In essence, VF refers to the practice of building upwards, or downwards in the…

How to grow hemp hydroponically

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in a water-based, nutrient-rich solution. With the push for more economical, environmentally friendly, and sustainable practices of growing crops, hydroponics has become a method of plant cultivation popular among growers from a range of different backgrounds including both domestic and…

The quest to create the ultimate strain

Probably the best, and certainly the most famous, grower in Canadian weed is a man named Remo Colasanti. The 51-year-old from Maple Ridge, B.C., has been reading High Times since before he was legal drinking age. But he preferred hash to marijuana until the skunk strains proliferated in the Lower…

US (CO): A matter of altitude: growing cannabis up in the mountains

As the cannabis industry stepped out of prohibition times, a whole new set of technology and solutions became available to cannabis growers. But that was not the only change. An increasing number of countries have been approving laws to regulate the production of cannabis for medical purposes. Therefore,…

On automating fertigation

If you haven’t already, it’s time to integrate an automated fertigation system into your operation. Whether you’re a hydroponic grower or using an irrigation system to hydrate crops, an automated fertigation system will simplify nutrient delivery and give you peace of mind. No matter what size operation you manage, the goal is…

US (CA): How legalization changed Humboldt County cannabis

For more than forty years, the epicenter of cannabis farming in the United States was a region of northwestern California called the Emerald Triangle, at the intersection of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties. Of these, Humboldt County is the most famous. It was here, in hills surrounding a small…

UG: Uganda pays $264k for cannabis seeds and soils

As Uganda's Cabinet debates the health and financial merits of marijuana, it has emerged that the country has been importing tonnes of fertilised weed seeds and potting soils,…

"Naturally occurring microorganisms can assist in nutrient uptake and reduce plant stress"

Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition, a division of Compass Minerals, and Marrone Bio Innovations have formed a collaboration to develop new specialty plant nutrient products…

What's the difference?

Coco coir vs rockwool

In the commercial and wholesale horticulture industry, many growers and cultivators are looking for solutions to gaining efficient yields without sacrificing their wallet; aka- profits! Having the solution while being eco-friendly is even better! According to RF Agriculture - a wholesale commercial agriculture distributor -…

US (CA): Sonoma County approves cultivation project praising it as "an example of best practices"

A marijuana grow in the hills above Guerneville won approval last week from Sonoma County planners, who praised the cannabis cultivation project as an example of “best practices” for local pot growers. “This is a great project,” said Greg Carr, a member of the Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments…

US (UT): Progress on MMJ local production in Utah

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, with the Utah Department of Health, is working hard to make sure there's enough medicinal marijuana to go around when the law allows that to happen. "Cannabis is a four-month crop on average," said Andrew Rigby, the state's cannabis program manager. He has…

US (OK): Cultivating a MMJ business

Tracey Smith's niece approached him last year about preparing a cultivation facility in Missouri, ahead of the November vote to legalize medical marijuana. She runs a…

Using biological tools to enhance growing efforts

“We’re real big into learning,” said Casey Connell, owner of Contender Gardens. Sure, this is almost as generic of a statement as “We grow some of the best weed around,” but if you spend some time with Connell and his staff you’ll learn that their interest in knowledge goes beyond simply cultivating…

The cost of one seed: growing in Wisconsin

Growing cannabis outdoors poses different challenges than growing in greenhouses or indoor environments. Climate conditions become a major issue to address, especially considering the high value of each hemp plant. That is why Michael Bindl, cultivation and chief technology officer with Driftless…

"You have got to be smart, or sooner or later you'll have to turn out the lights"

The cannabis industry is hiding a dirty little secret. According to Evan Mills, a California-based energy and climate change scientist, the cannabis industry has a major problem…and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. “Legislators and energy agencies have largely turned a blind eye to the…

How to address the lack of specialized labor

One of the pressing problems in the horticulture industry is the lack of a specialized workforce. Even more difficult is the search for growers that are knowledgeable regarding the specific processes that a growing operation carries out. This problem is particularly felt within the cannabis industry.…

growing in Colorado:

"Water, temperature, humidity and environment need extreme attention"

The weather in Colorado is quite unpredictable. Very warm days can be followed by sudden blizzards. The agricultural community there has to deal with these temperature swings and find a way to survive them. At the same time, the sun shines on this state for more than 300 days per year, making it…

US (WI): It's a new era for hemp in Wisconsin

Come autumn, you'll see fields of green on the Oneida reservation. Amid changing tides for hemp in Wisconsin, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will grow the crop this summer as part of a state pilot program geared toward exploring its myriad uses. And for the tribe, the possibilities seem endless. "It’s…

IL: Israeli producer grows in favorable climate

Opening the CannaTech conference earlier this month, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak quipped that Israel is now the “land of milk, honey and cannabis.” Given the recent performance of the cannabis-related stocks traded on the Tel-Aviv stock exchange (Barak is Chairman of InterCure whose stock…

US (IL): Business improving for MMJ grower

The O'Hern family in west central Illinois has long been involved in traditional farming. They grow corn, soybeans, and wheat, plus they raise cattle. In the last few years they have added another crop to their repertoire: medical marijuana. "Our head is above water, at least. We think things have gone…

US (NM): Slow and steady growth for hemp industry

For years proponents of legalized industrial hemp have praised the plant for its reportedly numerous benefits—including the ability to bolster the state’s economy. With both state and federal law opening the doors for growers and manufacturers, some New Mexicans are well on their way to start growing the…

US (NY): Hemp industrial park to create hundreds of jobs

Canadian cannabis company, Canopy Growth Corporation has announced the acquisition of a 308,000 square-foot facility located on a 48-acre property in Kirkwood, New York as…

US (MI): Large-scale cannabis business park will train past illegal growers

Detroit may soon be home to a multi-million business project that aims to help correct damage done by racially biased cannabis policing. WXYZ Detroit reports that Green Cure Wellness and Southeast Provisioning’s new business complex will put priority on training local residents with prior cannabis…

The experience of Sharyne Merritt

"Cannabis is a threat to other crops"

The farmer Sharyne Merritt shares his experience with the neighboring cannabis cultivation. "I grow 13 acres of certified organic avocados in Carpinteria. Our farm is our primary source of income." "For the past 15 years a local agriculture company has been spraying my avocados for persea mites and…

US (MN): 2019 growing season to start in Maine based facility

Future Farm Technologies has begun preparations for the propagation of its 2019 hemp-for-wellness crop in Belfast, Maine. "We will be growing our Cherry Wine cultivar over 100 acres of farmland in Hersey, Maine, but we are first propagating the plants indoors at the Belfast facility," the team with the…

US: Legal hemp to be planted at historic George Washington's estate

George Washington has been a hero of the cannabis movement ever since he famously told his gardener to “Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, sow it everywhere.” But,…

Indoor or greenhouse?

One of the challenges growers need to decide upon

One of the challenges growers more and more need to decide upon, is if it is better to grow cannabis in a greenhouse than in an indoor farm: “It really depends on what one aims for”, Zuri, CEO of Fospan Worldwide, points out. Fospan is a Dutch-Spanish solution provider specialized in the cannabis…

Letting the sun shine on indoor cultivation

As competition increases within the cannabis cultivation sector, newcomers need every advantage to be profitable. They don’t have time to lose as part of a “learning curve.” They can’t rely on the reputation of an established brand. They are entering the industry at a time of mass consolidation, falling…

What’s biochar? How to stabilize carbon in your soil

Biochar, otherwise known as charcoal, is an age-old method of increasing soil health. Learn more about the science and how to make your own biochar from expert Kai Hoffman-Krull. The question of growing food in changing climate is one we all need to be asking. We all eat. Predictions illustrate that…

A case study of controlled environment agriculture in New York City

Will the urban agricultural revolution be vertical and soilless?

Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is an emerging form of farming increasingly found in cities worldwide. Advocates promote CEA as the future of food production, arguing for its potential to address challenges ranging from climate change to food insecurity. Detractors state that CEA’s narrow focus…

The technology behind bringing crops indoors

On a new episode of Lighting Up , Illumitex Director of Horticulture Science, Yan Ren-Butcher, Ph.D. believes the influx of technology into the farming space has…

Selective breeding for cannabis plants

Despite its popularity, cannabis is one of the most unexplored plants on the planet. It was not until 2011 when a group of Canadian biologists published the first cannabis…

Is cannabis farming sustainable?

Mass industrial agriculture practices are debated hotly as significant contributors to climate change. As the global cannabis industry grows exponentially, its rapidly evolving trajectory in the…

US (MI): 'Growing' operation in Hancock

The plants growing in a Hancock industrial building get special care because they will become someone’s medicine, Jason Morris said. “We try to treat it that way,” he said. Morris is vice president of operations, facilities and security for Harvest Health and Recreation Inc. The Arizona-based company is…

US (AR): Grower ready to harvest

The first cultivator in Arkansas to begin growing medical marijuana says they've finished harvesting their initial crop. BOLD Team spokesman Robert Lercher says the cultivator still expects to have…

US (PA): Grower hopes hemp crop takes root

A local greenhouse has taken a risk and transitioned entirely to hemp. There’s perhaps potential for dairy farmers who struggle with the low price of milk to branch out as well, some say. Statewide, hemp growing permits are flying and hopes for income are high. The heat was stifling in Wagner’s…

What the cannabis industry can do to go 'green'

With massive energy and water use, as well as the use of pesticides and plastics, sustainability issues are a mounting problem facing the cannabis industry. But there are…

US (OK): More than 20 plant growing operations converted to MMJ

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau said at least 25 traditional growing operations have either partially or fully converted their spaces to include industrial hemp or medical marijuana.…

Growing cannabis outdoors vs indoors in South Africa

There isn’t perhaps even a single thing on this planet (or the universe) that doesn’t have its pros and cons. The same rule applies to the methods used for growing marijuana. A lot of companies, especially outside the US, are now moving their production to indoor facilities; however, that doesn’t imply…

Smaller grow rooms and fewer strains

The chief executive of Organigram Holdings Inc. — one of the best-performing licensed producers in terms of gross margins since legalization — believes that the core driver of his company’s relative success in the space was its decision to cultivate cannabis not in massive greenhouses, but in smaller…

US (AZ): Arizona MMJ farms fear cross-pollination from hemp crops

Arizona medical cannabis farms have a plea for anyone looking to grow hemp when that becomes legal later this year: Keep your pollen off our plants. State and federal…

US (IL): Growing demand for cannabis cultivation courses

More colleges are beginning to offer classes in growing and handling marijuana as demand for such skills from growers and dispensaries increases. Colleges and universities in Illinois are noticing the benefits of preparing students for the industry but that there are restrictions on how fast the schools…

CA (BC): 1.000 cannabis plants to accelerate 2019 cultivation season

Crop Infrastructure Corp. announced today that its 49% owned Humboldt County farm has received an order of 1,000 4 ft. tall cannabis plants accelerating the company and its farm in to the 2019 cultivation season. "These starter plants are expected to have increased yields as they are much taller and…

US (AZ): Controlling greenhouse light in Arizona

Amado Management, LLC facility, nestled in the Santa Cruz River Valley in Arizona, focuses on producing high-quality medical marijuana flower and cannabis extract products. The facility boasts 17 acres which includes 200,000 square feet of greenhouses and indoor cultivation areas along with a…

Alex Park, Vera Cultivation CEO

“The most important thing is to maintain a very precise climate control throughout the year"

Cannabis greenhouses require constant and precise climate control as the amount of heat that the different technological components (like lighting) generate can become a serious problem in the blink of an eye. That is why it is important to rely on greenhouse companies that take into consideration all…

CA (BC): Cannabis production commenced in Coalinga based facility

Next Green Wave Holdings has obtained an Occupancy Permit for its first advanced indoor production facility from the City of Coalinga. The Company is now authorized as a licensed producer and is immediately advancing with its cannabis production by moving in over 10,000 plantlets to activate its growth…

US: Importation of hemp seeds after the Farm Bill

The passing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill, Section 10113) removed hemp and hemp seeds from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) schedule of…

Marc Morrow, Gorilla Boost co-founder

"Lack of consistency is a major problem within the industry"

Since the cannabis industry is still young in comparison to other more established sectors, most of the techniques and solutions come from the horticulture world, especially with regards to the current large-scale cannabis landscape. However, according to Marc Morrow, Gorilla Boost co-founder, fresh…

US (NV): Cultivation to start at LSU Ag center

GB Sciences is announcing that all cultivation operations at LSU Agricultural Center are now open. This will allow a continuous harvest for patients by increasing GB Sciences…

"Interplay of pollinators and pests influences plant evolution"

Brassica rapa plants pollinated by bumblebees evolve more attractive flowers. But this evolution is compromised if caterpillars attack the plant at the same time. With the bees pollinating them less effectively, the plants increasingly self-pollinate. In a greenhouse evolution experiment, scientists at…

Thoughts on the need for quality control within the cannabis industry

In an article by Rachel Mann, the necessity of quality control within the medical cannabis industry is explored. "With medical cannabis being legal in Canada since 2002, and recreational use becoming legal in 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to his country has caused a storm", the article…

A solution for keeping the air clean

A number of growers within the medical cannabis industry has a hard time complying with pharmaceutical standards. One of the main reasons is the need to provide clients with a consistent high-quality product, which can be achieved only through respecting the strict regulations that growers are asked to…

Who will grow commercial cannabis in Missouri?

Craig Young wants to add a new crop to the family farm. His family has grown soybeans, corn and wheat on 250 acres outside High Hill, Mo., for more than 60 years. Now that medical cannabis has been legalized in Missouri, Young wants to grow cannabis, too. “I’m at that age where I’m looking for a new…

Agricultural Business Chamber calls for more research into cannabis

An organisation that represents commercial farmers and agribusiness enterprises nationally has called for more research into the growing and trading of cannabis in SA and the…

Micropropagation in cannabis growing

Micropropagation is a method of plant tissue culture that involves growing plants under laboratory conditions in vessels containing nutrient medium. The main advantage of micropropagation is that it allows to produce large amounts of sterile plantlets – free from viruses and infections– in really short…

"Switching to hydroponics also possible when land doesn't have the proper slope"

The benefits of growing hydroponically are well-known, but it still might be a step. Reinforcing the structure and levelling the terrain for starters. The team with Hydroponic Systems created the Elevated System to offer a solution "Our Elevated System was born to improve the collection of the drains in…

UK: First outdoor cultivation in Sheffield

The Berkshires brand is a valuable asset. From cultural venues to agriculture to private schools to baking to distilling and bottled spring water, marketing our region to sell…

US (NJ): Tech wizards to grow cannabis with robots

You’ve heard of C-3PO. But are you ready for Seedo-3PO? With New Jersey on the cusp of legalizing weed as early as next month, cannabis is expected to bring massive changes to the Garden State economy. But just how it will be grown is changing, too, thanks to an Israeli tech start-up with its eyes on New…

US (MA): Farmers to start growing outdoors

So far, all the marijuana sold in Massachusetts’ legal market has been grown indoors. But that could change. The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved the first two…

US (CA): Growers not allowed to divert water for cultivation until end October

Cannabis cultivators that plan to divert surface water need a water right to irrigate cannabis. The Cannabis Policy requires cannabis cultivators to forbear (or cease) from diverting surface water during the dry season, which starts April 1 and ends October 31 of each calendar year. This means that water…

NZ: A 'flowering' economy

Brandon Veevers is happy in his work. He grows cannabis for a living – and he's good at it, because he's had 30 years' practice. The difference now? It's all legal. Because Veevers is the head grower at East Coast-based Hikurangi Cannabis Company. He said it is the biggest bonus to be able to use his skills in something he…

CA (BC): Delta concerned about potential impacts of cannabis cultivation on traditional crops

Will the vast Agricultural Land Reserve in Delta one day be taken over by those growing recreational and medical marijuana? That’s a concern that’s been voiced by many,…

US (MD): Growing facility is producing in Hagerstown

On any given day, about 15,000 marijuana plants are growing in a climate-controlled space in Hagerstown. More than 60 people help nurture them from clones to adult plants that can be harvested. The result is medical cannabis in several forms, from flowers that can be smoked to pills, powders and other…

Is Uruguay going to be the world's cannabis pioneer?

Uruguay was the first country in the world to legalise recreational cannabis. Five years after its pioneering law was passed, how's the industry getting on? "We sold a lot of cannabis on the first day," says Esteban Riviera, who owns a large, modern-looking pharmacy in Montevideo, Uruguay's capital. "We…

Danish firm offers fully automated cannabis production

Cannabis production is the talk of the horticultural industry. Around the world, licenses are being issued to growers who are trying to get a foot into the new world of medicinal cannabis. However, as it is produced for medicinal purposes, the cannabis plants must be grown and handled in…


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