Cultivation

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…

Dümmen Orange introduces Basewell perennials

North America: Perennial growers now have access to a new rooting technology

Dümmen Orange introduces the next phase of Basewell at California Spring Trials, March 24-26 in San Luis Obispo. The Basewell assortment has been newly expanded to include top-selling perennial varieties, opening up the benefits of this innovative technology to perennial growers across North America.…

Understanding plant-microbe interactions

While it’s true that Canada’s cannabis industry has been leading the way on legislation and acceptance of cannabis as both a medicine and a recreational product, what’s also true is that the industry still has a long way to go to reach the standards necessary for medical acceptance worldwide. This means…

or how a bubble bath benefits your crop

Improving the plants root system with extra oxygen

If the water weren't so cold, the silo at Dutch Berries would look pretty tempting for a dip. When you look at it at the right time, you see a real bubble bath. With millions of miniscule bubbles in the silo, the strawberry grower improves the root system of the strawberry plants. Frans van Hulten,…

Slovak invention to turn LEDs into 'Combined Light and Power' devices

"As the population is growing, demand for energy and food is growing too. It’s time to use natural synergies between agriculture and energy and create greater interoperability between both production sectors. It’s time to use greenhouses to effectively consume excess electricity caused by the…

A question of quality

Tantalus Lab is a Canadian company specialised in the production of high quality medical cannabis. In a recent blogpost, the company discusses what characterises quality cannabis strains. A matter of quality Quality can be a subjective word – one person’s trash is another person’s treasure – but when it comes to cannabis there…

Growers talk about illegal discharging in the Netherlands

"A real grower doesn't pollute"

Recently a grower was taken to court by the Delfland Water Board for discharging dirty water into the surface water of the Hoefpolder in De Lier (Netherlands). Despite being illegal, discharges still…

US: Medical cannabis industry to propose minority hiring program

The medical marijuana industry is proposing a massive minority contracting and hiring program to woo legislators to keep their weed firms in business. They worry as lawmakers decide between two proposals to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bill regulates all cannabis products —…

Light Engine:

"Vertical fixture to make hop cultivation more sustainable"

You probably won't notice it during Friday drinks, but there has been a shortage in hop for the production of beer. The hop that is normally grown in the open field has faced failed harvests. It is the reason hop growers are slowly switching to conditioned growth. Climbing plant Compared to the…

Reducing irrigation quantity and improving water quality to grow better plants

This video presentation by Jane Stanley, woody grower of Saunders Brothers, Inc located in Nelson County, Virginia, is a case study on how old and new technologies are being implemented to cut water use and reduce plant loss. Learn how to manage water quantity and quality as a tool to grow better plants…

Pros & Cons of drip irrigation for cannabis growing

Drip irrigation systems are based on micro-irrigation, a watering method that is widely used in agricultural crops in arid regions which are characterised by frequent water restrictions. Drip irrigation is by far the most widely used micro-irrigation method in intensive agriculture. Easy to operate, the…

Denmark: Spectrum Cannabis ready for sale in autumn

Since December 2017, Spectrum Cannabis has been busy with the preparations for the cultivation and marketing of medicinal cannabis in Denmark. It seems as if it will finally be ready in the autumn of 2019. Over the past year, horticultural company Nældebakken, located north of the Danish city of Odense,…

US (OH): "Finding workers is one of the biggest concerns"

The state's new medical marijuana law isn't triggering alarms so far among central Ohio's family-owned businesses. Only about a third of the businesses surveyed for the Conway Center's eighth annual family business forecast say they think they'll be hurt by the law while 56.3 percent say they don't…

A better greenhouse climate thanks to wireless sensors

Climate equality is important for growers in greenhouses: temperature and humidity differences can lead to production and quality losses in cultivations of vegetables or flowers. To monitor the climate it is therefore important to have sufficient measuring points. The Business Unit Greenhouse…

Machine learning unlocks plants' secrets

Plants are master chemists, and Michigan State University researchers have unlocked their secret of producing specialized metabolites. The research, published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , combined plant biology and machine learning to sort through tens of…

US: Hemp as the new cash crop in South Carolina

Hemp might look like something a little suspicious, but despite it’s outward appearance, it might just reinvigorate the farming economy of South Carolina. City Roots Farm in…

"I think the Netherlands can become the Champagne region of cannabis"

Meteor Systems, developer and installer of advanced cultivation and irrigation systems, has been involved in the international cannabis production for several years. In addition, the company located in Breda, participates in various research projects in both the Netherlands and abroad. ‘Since 2013, so…

Kenyan tomato grower arrested after cannabis found in greenhouse

A Kenyan grower in Nyandarua County has been nabbed growing Bhang (cannabis) in a greenhouse. The cannabis was discovered in the state of the art greenhouse where tomatoes were also being grown. Incidentally, last year CID officers raided a farm in the same area and discovered poppy plant which is used…

Delphy gets into cannabis cultivation

Since June 2018 cannabis has been authorized in Canada and parts of the United States. This means that cannabis can be grown regularly for use in the medical and recreational sector. Universities in Canada and the United States have contacted Delphy because they need knowledge development and practical…

US (CA): MJ legalization drives up warehouse rates

Legalizing recreational marijuana in California is creating a gold rush for a decidedly less intoxicating sector: warehouses in which to grow the plants. Investors have few options to cash in directly on the state's recent decision to legalize the drug, as there are no publicly traded cannabis producing…

"Ultra-wide LED spectrum benefits chemical expression in cannabis"

The research into the interaction of the cannabis plant and light is growing but is yet not abundant due to bans which still exist in most places around the world. One thing we do know for sure is that high quality light will result in a high quality plant, one with a good chemical expression. Valoya,…

CAN (ON): Tomato grower to be sentenced for illegal cannabis

A 64-year-old farmer who was enlisted to grow marijuana due to his proficiency in growing tomatoes will be sentenced in the new year for his role in a medical marijuana facility that police say grew thousands of plants illegally. In the early morning hours of Sept. 19, 2016, Niagara Regional Police…

European Parliament looking to improve access to medical cannabis

In a draft motion for a resolution, European Parliament members Dubravka Šuica, Guillaume Balas, Urszula Krupa, Catherine Bearder, Estefanía Torres Martínez, Martin Häusling, Piernicola Pedicini, on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, have called on the European…

US (NM): Cannabis provider unveils 8.7 million sq.ft. facility

Ultra Health acquired 200 acres of farmland in Otero County, New Mexico to support the state’s growing medical cannabis program. At over 8.7 million square feet, the campus will be the largest cannabis cultivation facility in North America. The new cultivation site also anticipates the legalization of…

Optimize your cannabis grow for LED

The newest generation of powerful LED grow lights have changed the way that growers maximize profits and crop quality. Growers often ask what adjustments need to be made to their growing environment in order to optimize their facility for LED lighting. Dr. Matt Wheatley, a cannabis consultant working…

US (OR): Growing cannabis year-round despite weather

Just outside of Bend, in the rural land of Deschutes County, resides Central Oregon’s first approved OLCC Farm-To-Table Cannabis Producer, Alfalfa Valley Farms. Alfalfa Valley is owned by 5th generation farmers who care deeply about the cannabis they produce and the customers they provide for. The farm…

Academic research into HPS vs. LED for cannabis cultivation

Cannabis cultivators find themselves in a dilemma called HPS (high pressure sodium) lighting versus LED (light emitting diode) lighting. On the one hand, HPS has been around in agriculture for a long time and has proven that it can successfully grow a wide variety of plants. On the other hand, LED, as…

US (PA): Griffin to host cannabis growers’ workshop in September

Griffin will host an educational workshop for medicinal marijuana growers on September 26 at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Penn. The half-day program will include three seminars, presented by members of Griffin’s GGSPro technical services team. “The workshop includes something for…

92% of Dutch cannabis contains traces of pesticides

More than 90% of the Dutch cannabis that is sold in coffee shops contains traces of illegal crop protection products. This is the outcome of a research conducted by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment. The Dutch Public Health Institute RIVM investigated 25 samples of cannabis…

US: Legal Nevada cannabis crop is saved by SmartBee wireless sensors

SmartBee Controllers announced today that their SmartBee Controllers system installed in the Alternative Medicine Association (AMA) grow facility in Las Vegas was the major factor in saving their crop when an A/C unit failed. The AMA is the first Nevada state medical marijuana approved growing site. The…

MediFarm LLC secures Clark County permit for medical cannabis cultivation and production facility

Terra TechCorp (TRTC) subsidiary,MediFarm LLC, is pleased to announce that it has successfullysecured a special use permit in Clark County, Nevada for a medicalcannabis cultivation and production facility. On June17 th the Company presented to the Board of Commissionersand successfully secured a special…

US (CA): Damian Marley converts prison into MMJ farm

Damian Marley, Bob Marley's youngest son, has announced that he, in partnership with Ocean Grown Extracts, is converting a former 77,000 square foot California State prison into a cannabis grow space that will cultivate medical marijuana for state dispensaries. With their purchase of the Claremont…

Australia: MMJ cultivation might be possible in Victoria as Government moves to legalise cannabis oil

Victoria could begin growing marijuana for medicinal purposes, as the Andrews Government moves to legalise the use of cannabis oil in exceptional circumstances. The Government received a Victorian Law Reform Commission report on how to go about making it legal, which will be tabled in Parliament in the…

CAN (BC): Local governments can regulate MJ growth on agricultural land

Local and Indigenous governments in B.C. will be permitted to prevent marijuana production in their communities on land that is part of the Agricultural Land Reserve, but with conditions. The Ministry of Agriculture said Friday the regulatory change is effective immediately and gives governments the…

UK Government legalizes medicinal cannabis

For the first time in the UK, expert doctors have been given the option to legally issue prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines when they agree that their patients could benefit from this treatment. Patients can be prescribed medicinal cannabis by specialist doctors from 1 November 2018. The law…

Italian firm files patent for solar powered cannabis and cryptocurrency farm

Evolution BNK, an Italian medical cannabis grower, is planning to build 20,000 sq m of solar powered greenhouses which will combine marijuana growing and cryptocurrency mining. The first 5,000 sq m facility is to be built by converting an existing greenhouse in Sanremo, the “city of flowers” on the coast…

Video: Aquaponic cannabis cultivation in action

Green Relief was founded in 2013 by Warren Bravo, Lyn Bravo, and Steve LeBlanc on the principles of sustainability, social responsibility, and research, something that is reflected heavily in Green Relief's new brand image. "Rebranding our company was a very personal decision," said Green Relief CEO…

US (CA): CDFA schedules training workshops for cannabis cultivators

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division is announcing a series of 10 workshops in late November and December for training on completing applications for state licensing. CDFA anticipates issuing cannabis cultivation licenses on or about January 1,…

Canada: Aurora issues cannabis recall

On November 16, 2017, Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc. initiated a voluntary Type II recall for one lot of Sundance borealis blend (sativa), sold in 5 g bottles, due to an error in packaging of the product. The delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content identified on the label was higher and the…

Research: Organic fertilizer for cannabis in two coir-based substrates

Cannabis producers, especially those with organic operations, lack reliable information on the fertilization requirements for their crops. To determine the optimal organic fertilizer rate for vegetative-stage cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.), five rates that supplied 117, 234, 351, 468, and 585 mg N/L of a…

High expectations for new Dutch cannabis regulation

Perhaps the Dutch might soon turn to the U.S. and Canada to gain more knowledge on regulated cultivation of cannabis now that the new Dutch government has announced plans to allow the cultivation and sale of legalized cannabis in a number of municipalities. The regulated cannabis will be cultivated on a…

In-depth study looks at health effects of cannabis

Significant changes have taken place in the policy landscape surrounding cannabis legalization, production, and use. During the past 20 years, 25 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis and/or cannabidiol (a component of cannabis) for medical conditions or retail sales at the state…

AmeriCann raises $2,000,000 for Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center

AmeriCann has completed a $2,000,000 all equity private placement consisting of stock and warrants. The proceeds will be utilized for the company’s Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center (MMCC) development, to pursue new opportunities in California, Pennsylvania, Florida and other states, and general…

Ireland: Man thought cannabis plants were tomatoes, court hears

A man who moved into a rented property in south Kerry and began watering what he claimed he believed to be tomato seedlings growing in a polytunnel is to be jailed for 14 days for growing cannabis. Father of five Daniel Johnson (34), of Garryglass, Cahersiveen, was charged with two counts of unlawfully…

Cannabis greenhouse vs marijuana warehouse growing

5 Essential factors to be considered before deciding the best growing environment for your Cannabis crop, and they are probably not what you think. 1. Location Location Location This is one case where the famous retail saying has nothing to do with customers finding you, but everything to do with the…

Canadian, Israeli companies work together on MJ LED lighting

The Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) announced eight new bilateral R&D projects valued at almost $12 million. MedReleaf and Israel’s FloraFotonica project to create new LED lighting systems with a special focus on cannabis growing facilities, was among those…

CAN (ON): Job growth skyrockets as MJ industry ramps up

As the federal government of Canada continues to licence medical marijuana producers and readies the country for the legalization of recreational use, new jobs are being created every day. “It’s a new industry and we are certainly excited about the additional jobs and wealth it will bring to the region,”…

CAN (BC): Pure Sunfarms to expand cannabis acreage to 550,000 sq.ft.

Emerald Health Therapeutics and Village Farms announced that their 50/50 joint venture for cannabis production, Pure Sunfarms, received from Health Canada its fourth amendment to the cultivation license for its Delta 3 greenhouse in Delta, BC. This amendment permits Pure Sunfarms to expand its cannabis…

One million square foot cannabis production facility to be built in Australia

MYM Nutraceuticals has entered into a strategic partnership with PUF Ventures for the construction of a one million square foot greenhouse facility in northern New South Wales Australia called the Northern Rivers Project. The Northern Rivers Project is a partnership with the Richmond Valley Council—the…

"There is still a bit of a Wild West mentality in the cannabis industry"

After two decades in the pharmaceutical industry, Vic Neufeld entered the cannabis space in 2014 as the CEO of the low-cost, large-scale cannabis producer Aphria. Civilized has published an interview with him. What makes your company different from others in the cannabis space? There are three components…

CannaGrow Holdings purchases three additional greenhouses from IGC

CannaGrow Holdings announces that a purchase order has been submitted to the International Greenhouse Company for three (3) 96' x 30' Ranger Series 2000 Heated Greenhouses, along with funds to complete the engineer drawings for the structures. Mr. Janovec, CannaGrow Holdings, CEO, states, "NuGro…

US(CO): CannaGrow purchases more greenhouse space

CannaGrow Holdings, a Liaison and Consultant providing turnkey solutions to licensed growers in the legal Cannabis industry, announces plans to increase the production capacity of the Colorado Buffalo Ranch Facility I by 17,280 square feet. NuGro Industries, Inc., owner and developer of the Facilities,…

Infographic: The state of the cannabis industry

As the cannabis market becomes global, how is the current state of the industry faring in the U.S. and Canada? To shed some light on how the marijuana market in North America is developing, as well as on the future of legalization, GGS has put together an interesting infographic. Click here to see the…

Jamaica: Key stakeholders discuss building a cannabis industry

This weekend in Negril the Beckley Foundation brought together leaders from the Jamaican government, the Rastafari community, and the business community to discuss the current progress and next steps for building a regulatory framework for a legal cannabis industry in Jamaica. Saturday’s Panel at the…

Learn more about the possibilities of medicinal plants in upcoming CEAC webinar

In the early days of the winter of 1973, an English Land Rover made its way to Tucson and miraculously broke down. Not exactly for this serendipitous event, but for many other more cogent reasons, the unconventional young physician, Andrew Weil, decided that Tucson would be his home base. From this…

South Africa's highest court legalises cannabis use

South Africa's highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places. Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted "Weed are free now" when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. In a unanimous ruling, judges also legalised the growing of marijuana…

Village Farms reports net loss, cannabis production ramps up

Village Farms announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018. Highlights Sales of US$42.0 million, a decrease of (8%) from US$45.5 million; Net loss was US($2.3) million, or US($0.05) per share, compared with net income of US$4.3 million, or US$0.11 per share; EBITDA of…

Canada: Bert Mucci also goes into the cannabis business

Cronos Group has entered into a joint venture partnership with a group of investors led by Bert Mucci (the Greenhouse Partners). This partnership will function through a newly formed entity, Cronos GrowCo, which will develop, construct and operate a state-of-the-art purpose-built greenhouse for cannabis…

Police drone spots 15,000 cannabis plants growing on Italian tomato farm

Police in southern Italy discovered a greenhouse filled with more than 15,000 cannabis plants when they flew a drone above a Sicilian tomato farm, they announced on Wednesday. The illegal crop represents more than six tonnes of marijuana and several million euros, according to the drugs squad in Ragusa,…

US: Former Republican Speaker of the House joins cannabis firm

Acreage Holdings announced the appointments of former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner and former Governor of the State of Massachusetts Bill Weld to its Board of Advisors. In concert with this announcement, Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld have issued this joint…

North America’s first scientific paper on how to produce cannabis under controlled environment

PhD candidate Deron Caplan, Dr. Youbin Zheng and Mike Dixon at the University of Guelph have published their first of a series of papers on how to produce cannabis under controlled environment in HortScience. Cannabis producers, especially those with organic operations, lack reliable information on the…

US (CO): Grower optimizes cannabis operation for hot climate

The Spot is one of Southern Colorado’s earliest recreational cultivation facilities. Their boutique-style facility houses 430 plants under 20,000 sq ft of roof, and emphasizes utmost importance on quality. VP and Chief Operating Officer, Dave Munn proclaims, “We’ve been doing this since recreational was…

US (AZ): Aphria partners with 40-acre cannabis greenhouse

Aphria announced that it has entered into an Intellectual Property transfer agreement with Copperstate Farms. Arizona’s medical cannabis program was approved by voters in 2010. At the same time as securing a licence to produce and sell medical cannabis, Copperstate purchased a 40-acre (equivalent to 1.7…

US (CA): First ever cannabis forum for institutional investors

With legal marijuana expected to make further inroads this November, MedMen, the nation's leading cannabis firm, and IMN, a global organizer of institutional finance and investment conferences, announced they will host the country's first ever cannabis expo for institutional and accredited investors. The…

CA (BC): SunLab cannabis greenhouse construction completed

Tantalus Labs announces that it has crossed a landmark milestone for the company, finishing construction of its innovative cannabis production facility, SunLab. Designed with the principles of high-tech agriculture and environmental stewardship, SunLab initiates a move away from the artificially lit and…

US (CO): Three new greenhouses for CannaGrow Holdings

CannaGrow Holdings, Inc., a Liaison and Consultant providing turn-key solutions to licensed growers in the legal Cannabis industry, has announced an update on the Colorado Buffalo Ranch Project located in Huerfano County, Colorado. As explained by Delmar Janovec, CEO of CannaGrow Holdings, "One of the…

US (CO): GrowCo purchases second cannabis greenhouse

GrowCo, Inc., a majority owned subsidiary of Two Rivers Water & Farming Company announced that GrowCo has purchased their second state-of-the-art greenhouse. Construction will begin early this fall. When the second greenhouse is completed, GrowCo will have 180,000 square feet of grow space. A total…

Attention in MMJ shifts to operating margins, long-term profitability

Heliospectra forecasts that America’s growing public support of legalized medicinal and recreational cannabis use will push industry to more sustainable cultivation practices and cost-effective LED light strategies. The American population’s increasing support for the legalization of cannabis has been a…

New LED solutions create more efficient vertically grown cannabis

Fluence announced three new horticulture LED lighting solutions redesigned to enable efficient and productive vertical controlled environments. With an updated and slimmer form factor streamlined for quick and easy deployment, the new Fluence SPYDR Series represents high-intensity lighting solutions for…

Canada: Vegetable growers convert to cannabis to help boost margins

Ahead of Canada's legalization of recreational cannabis, a slew of partnerships are cropping up between greenhouse farms and medical cannabis companies. "When we started, the margins were fantastic," says Michael DeGiglio, chief executive officer of Village Farms. He started the vegetable greenhouse…

Recreational cannabis legalised in California

In the two decades since California became the first state to allow cannabis for medicinal use, it’s been an open secret that pretty much anyone who wants marijuana at just about any time can find a doctor who will recommend it for almost any reason. Technically, the doctor doesn’t provide a prescription…

Michigan Cannabis Cultivation and Licensing Seminar

Nexus is organizing a special cannabis cultivation seminar that allows you to gain essential knowledge of operating a cannabis grow facility from licensing to construction to operations. Featured speakers will include Joseph Wright, former director Illinois Medical Cannabis Program; Trevor Taylor,…

CAN (BC): Tantalus Labs receives first water licence for cannabis

Tantalus Labs has received the first Water License issued to a cannabis company in British Columbia. Furnished under the Water Sustainability Act (WSA), the license showcases Tantalus Labs' commitment to effective groundwater resource management and sustainably produced cannabis. Tantalus Labs utilizes…

Wageningen UR conducts cannabis LED study

Medicinal cannabis can be grown well in greenhouses under LED lighting. Some varieties of cannabis plants grown under LED lighting may even produce more medicinally active substances than if they had been grown under lighting that is just as intensive using SON-T lamps. This was confirmed by a study…

Tweed opens cannabis breeding facility in Canada

Tweed, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, announces the completion of its cannabis breeding facility within its Smiths Falls, Ontario headquarters. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the industry and will form the foundation of new Canadian-bred genetics for Tweed and its…

US: Dixie Brands, Heliospectra AB & AmericanCannabis engage in three party cannabis cultivation alliance

Dixie Brands, Inc. has tapped American Cannabis Company, Inc. for management of their new cultivation facility which will feature energy efficient lighting technology from Heliospectra AB for plant research and greenhouse cultivation. The three companies have formed an innovative alliance, designed to…

Medicinal Crops sessions at the 2015 Canadian Greenhouse Conference

In collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), growers, educators and industry, the Canadian Greenhouse Conference has prepared a speakers program that addresses the challenges faced by today’s growers. From production issues to controlling labour and energy…

Canada: Affinor Growers to focus on strawberry and MMJ projects

Affinor Growers has provided an update and summary of the company's future plans. Affinor's goal is to continue to focus on becoming the leading technology developer and supplier of vertical farming equipment in order to help solve problematic crops, improve food security and increase agriculture…

Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association opens dialogue on MMJ

If you haven't noticed, our industry and culture are changing faster than ever. From new minimum wage laws to ever-worsening drought conditions, we must all be willing and able to make major decisions with minimal, and often uncertain, information. One of the most significant issues currently facing our…

CAN (ON): Peter Quiring to build 1.4 million sq.ft. MJ greenhouse

Auxly has entered into a definitive joint venture agreement with Peter Quiring, one of Canada’s largest greenhouse builders and operators, via a newly formed subsidiary, to develop, construct and operate a fully-automated, state-of-the-art, purpose-built greenhouse for cannabis cultivation in Leamington,…

CAN (BC): Village Farms expands cannabis acreage to 420,000 sq.ft.

Village Farms and Emerald's 50/50 joint venture for cannabis production, Pure Sunfarms, received from Health Canada its third amendment to the cultivation license for its Delta 3 greenhouse in Delta, BC. This amendment permits Pure Sunfarms to expand its cannabis production area by 195,000 square feet to…

Village Farms plans to increase cannabis production

Pure Sunfarms to pursue accelerated production ramp up plan for 1.1 million Ft 2 Delta 3 greenhouse following receipt of cultivation license. Produce business delivers seventh quarter of lower cost per pound at company facilities in last eight quarters Village Farms International, Inc. (“Village Farms”…

Affinor Growers to begin cannabis grow trial

Affinor Growers has completed the medical growing facility to begin the next grow trial of cannabis using the Affinor Growers Patented Vertical Farming Technology. Affinor Growers has plans to utilize its vertical farming equipment to become a large producer of cannabis in other legal markets as they…

US (CA): Vacant greenhouses snapped up in cannabis land boom

To weaken one mind-altering leaf crop 4,000 miles away, the feds inadvertently crushed California’s cut-flower crop, setting the stage for another mind-altering leaf crop to flourish decades later. A preferential trade agreement with four South American countries signed in 1991 — part of the War on Drugs…

CAN (QC): Planning underway for new Quebec cannabis project

MYM Nutraceuticals announces that GGS Structures and CannaCanada, subsidiary of MYM, are working together on the planning and design of the 1.5 million sq. ft. Weedon Cannabis Greenhouse Production Project. Gerry Harrison of GGS Structures commented, "We are thrilled to be working with MYM Nutraceuticals…

Javo USA adds packages for cannabis growers

The latest tool Javo has added to its online arsenal is a full section of packages to help cannabis growers get started with true horticulture automation. The pages, located at http://javousa.net/cannabis-tech-main , are designed to help growers review their options in potting automation. “Many of the…

AmeriCann to benefit from positive cannabis election results

AmeriCann, a company that plans to develop sustainable, state-of-the-art medical cannabis cultivation properties intends to accelerate the development schedule for its Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center project and expansion plans for new markets in response to recent election results. Map of State…

Canada: Leamington medical cannabis producer pledges $100K for osteoarthritis research

An Essex County medical marijuana producer has pledged $100,000 to the Arthritis Society for research on marijuana as treatment for osteoarthritis. Leamington-based Aphria Inc. is one of two licensed producers from Ontario that pledged $100,000 each to fund the first robust investigation on medical…

Why cannabis may be the next big crop for greenhouse growers

Top 10 Reasons Cannabis may be the Next Big Crop for Greenhouse Growers from ggsgreenhouse

Ontario signs agreements with 26 producers to supply recreational cannabis

The Ontario Cannabis Store, the province’s sole legal online retailer for recreational cannabis, has entered into supply agreements with 26 licensed producers to ensure that a safe, diverse and high-quality supply of cannabis is ready and available upon legalization this fall. Starting on October 17,…

CAN (BC): PUF and Houweling's Group set up cannabis plant nursery

PUF, an advanced Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations ("ACMPR") license applicant, has formed Propagation Services Canada, which will provide "flower ready" starter plants to Cannabis Cultivators in Canada and internationally. PSC was jointly formed with PUF and Casey Houweling, a…

CAN (ON): Aphria partners with Double Diamond to grow cannabis

Aphria has entered a strategic relationship with Double Diamond Farms to provide an additional 120,000 kgs of annual cannabis production. The deal accelerates Aphria’s capacity increase by over a year versus building out its existing 100-acre site. Combined with Aphria’s existing expected cannabis…

Video: How to ready over 1M sq.ft. of greenhouse for cannabis

Last June, Village Farms made an official announcement of a new joint venture agreement with Emerald Health Therapeutics, which would convert an initial 25 acres of their Ladner, B.C. greenhouse facility into a state of the art glasshouse for the annual production of 75,000 kilograms medical, and if…

Aurora Cannabis acquires greenhouse design firm Larssen

Aurora Cannabis has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Larssen. The terms of the transaction are undisclosed, but include performance-based milestone payments, such as those related to profitability metrics, as well as certain Aurora…

Fluence illuminates Las Vegas' new cannabis vertical farm

In the cannabis industry, there are a variety of products on the market: flower, oils, waxes and the increasingly popular infused edible products. With the rise in demand for infused products, a group out of Denver, Colorado set out to address the inconsistencies with THC and CBD dosage in edible…

LED supplier expands team with North American cannabis expert

Valoya was founded in 2009 with the goal of creating best quality light spectra for plants, based on the rapidly growing LED technology. After having conducted more than 400 large scale trials with LED lighting technology, the spectra that Valoya uses have been fine tuned to the specific needs of various…

AU: Federal Government to legalise growing of medicinal cannabis

Health Minister Sussan Ley said the Government wants to give people suffering from debilitating illnesses access to the most effective medical treatments. She said she had been moved by stories of people who got some relief from medicinal cannabis, sometimes legally imported but not always. "I have heard…

US (CO): GrowCo cannabis greenhouse nears completion and signs first tenant

GrowCo, Inc. announced that GrowCo expects to receive a certificate of occupancy for its first greenhouse facility within 45 days. The facility has a 91,000 sq. ft. greenhouse and 15,000 sq. ft. processing warehouse. Upon completion, the project will be the largest modern cannabis greenhouse growing…

Philips stops selling lamps to cannabis growers: employees threatened at home

Staff of Philips Netherlands are daily harassed and threatened by a buyer of the greenhouse lamps, used for cannabis cultivation. Philips stopped supplying these lamps and the buyer is not amused. The harassment and threats have been going on for months now and aren't only addressed to the company…

US (CO): Aspen cannabis greenhouse near Basalt wins county approval

The Pitkin County Commissioners on Wednesday approved an application for a 25,000-square-foot marijuana greenhouse complex outside of Basalt that will supply the Silverpeak Apothecary, an Aspen-based medical marijuana dispensary. The commissioners gave applicant Jordan Lewis and his Cooper Mason Ventures…

US (MN): Maplewood greenhouse switches from vegetables to medicinals

For Dave Roeser, it's not just about salad anymore. St. Paul's award-winning hydroponic gardener will still grow vegetables but is adding medicinal plants. He plans to raise 100,000 genetically modified plants to produce medicine for cancer, flu and - potentially - Ebola. "This is exciting," said Roeser,…

Canada moving towards legalization of cannabis

The Government of Canada has introduced legislation to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis. The proposed Cannabis Act would create a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada. Following Royal Assent, the proposed…

Majority of Dutch parliament backs regulated cannabis cultivation

A majority of the Dutch house of representatives voted in favor of legislation of cannabis cultivation for recreational use. The plan is that the coffee shops can buy their regulated cannabis from growers with permits, similar to the current situation in some US states. But the legislation of cannabis…

Aurora to construct advanced cannabis production facility in Alberta

Aurora Cannabis announces that it has completed the design, engineering and tender process for the construction of the first phase of a 600,000 sq. ft. fully automated greenhouse to be built in Alberta, Canada. Aurora has engaged veteran project developer, Thomas Larssen Greenhouse Engineers, and has…

US: Terra Tech forms team to focus on medical cannabis opportunities in the Northeast

Terra Tech (TRTC), through their subsidiary GrowOp Technology, has announced the formation of a team that will focus on medical cannabis opportunities in the Northeast. The team will be headed by Evan Nison, the Executive Director of NORML New Jersey and Co-Founder and Director of New York Cannabis…

Medical marijuana in greenhouses: Weigh-in on the Cannabis Debate

As marijuana production and use continues to top news stories, GGS Greenhouse's Leigh Coulter is curious to know what the greenhouse community thinks of these new marijuana trends. He shares some top marijuana growing topics with us in the following blog: 1. Ganjapreneurs : I first read this term in an…


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