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Mexico: Supreme Court allows first cannabis company to cultivate and process cannabis

Last week, we reported on the pending decision of the Mexican Supreme Court regarding Xebra becoming the first company allowed to cultivate and process cannabis. We can now report that the Mexican Supreme Court has voted in favor of Xebra's subsidiary Desart MX, SA de CV becoming the only company in…

Dr. Max Edgley on Tasmanian Botanics and the Australian market

AU: An 11,000 square meter expansion to increase the domestic supply

As one of the first companies in Australia to get their license, Tasmanian Botanics knows the challenging process it takes to start cultivating GMP-certified medicinal cannabis in the country. Yet local production is important, explains Dr. Max Edgley, cultivation manager of the company. “It is important…

Companies collaborate to construct growing facility in Barbados

AgriFORCE has signed a contract with Humboldt Bliss, an agriculture and aquaculture company in Barbados. Through this contract, AgriFORCE's foundational IP, which includes a…

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US (IL): Cannabis lab expands into Illinois

Steep Hill, the first commercial cannabis testing lab in the US, is expanding into Illinois with a new licensee partner. Steep Hill CEO Nigel Stobart commented: "We are pleased to partner with Steep Hill Illinois' team. With their success in serial business ventures and commitment to patient and consumer…

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Synbiotic SE:

"This is the most important cannabis merger in Europe"

Now that Germany is close to legalizing cannabis, it is no wonder companies are preparing for this newly emerging market. One of them is SynBiotic SE, a European hemp and cannabis group. In order to strengthen its position on the soon to be opened German market, it has merged with Daniel Kruse's group of…

US (WI): Hannah Ball joins Rayn Growing Systems

The RAYN Growing Systems team grows with the addition of Hannah Ball as a technical salesperson. In this new position, Ball will develop new business opportunities in the research-based and commercial production horticultural lighting markets. “At RAYN Growing Systems, we work with plant physiologists to…

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Cannabis distribution platform used by over 400 growers

"In every industry, data is king"

Operating in California, one of the largest legal cannabis markets in the world with projected sales reaching $7.2 billion in the state by 2024, Thrive Society is a membership-based cannabis distribution platform aiming to deliver a more effective farming life cycle and route-to-market by leveraging…

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US: Michigan company harvest 40.000 pounds of cannabis

Lume Cannabis Company produced nearly 200,000 cannabis plants this year between an indoor cultivation facility in Evart and an outdoor cultivation area near Tawas. Together, that equates to around 40,000 pounds of usable material that was harvested for medical and adult-use products.  “We are licensed for…

NZ: cannabis company acquires balance of stake of cultivation joint venture business

Cannasouth is purchasing the balance of the stake it does not already own in its cultivation joint venture business. The agreement is with Aaron Craig and his family…

Continuous monitoring of processes with the aim of optimization

After an intensive assessment process, which started in 2011, Hoogendoorn Growth Management was awarded the HortiQ certificate in 2012. The certificate serves as a quality mark for organizations that supply installations, systems, and services to the greenhouse horticulture sector for transport, CO2,…

Hawthorne

CAN (BC): New indoor cannabis cultivation R&D facility completed

The Flowr Corporation and Hawthorne Canada Limited have completed their research and development facility dedicated to advancing cannabis cultivation techniques and systems. The center is located in Kelowna, Canada. Located on Flowr’s cultivation campus in Kelowna, Canada, the R&D Center includes laboratories,…

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US (NV): Partnership for cannabis blockchain verification services announced

EVIO and Chroma Signet will partner to offer their customers blockchain verification services for cannabis, hemp, CBD, and related products. Chroma Signet has developed a platform that "allows cannabis and hemp companies to safeguard their products with fast, reliable product authentication and…

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US (TX): Plans for a partnership to construct cannabis extraction lab announced

Puration and PAO Group have made plans to partner with UC Asset LP to construct a cannabis extraction lab. A letter of intent outlining the terms to finance the construction on PURA's 72-acre property in Texas has been entered by UCASA and Pura. Furthermore, UCASA has also stated that they plan to…

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US (CA): Harborside plans on acquiring two companies to expand reach

Harborside Inc., has entered into agreements to acquire Urbn Leaf and Loudpack. After the transactions are completed, Harborside is expected to be renamed StateHouse Holdings. Ed Schmults, the current CEO of Urbn Leaf, is expected to be appointed as CEO of StateHouse upon completion of the Urbn Leaf…

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Dispensary donates over 600 turkeys to families in need

HAVEN Dispensaries, with 6 locations throughout Southern California, is teaming up with several local organizations to feed more than 600 families this Thanksgiving. Through its efforts with the 'HAVEN Giving Thanks Donation Event', which ran from November 3rd to November 15th, HAVEN has raised enough…

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Agricultural technology company expands into African cannabis and blueberry market

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies is expanding into Africa through a Letter of Intent with irrigation company Cherry Irrigation SA. Under the deal, Roots will provide exclusive marketing, sales, and installation rights to Cherry Irrigation for its Root Temperature Optimisation (RTZO) and Heat…

DNA Genetics

CAN: Medcolcanna Organics partners with DNA Genetics

Medcolcanna Organics Inc. has entered a Strategic Alliance Agreement with DNA Genetics. The terms of the agreement will allow Medcolcanna to benefit from DNA Genetics's experience in breeding, growing, and phenotyping activities, and to use DNA Genetics' proprietary high-quality strains, brands, and name…

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US (PA): Cresco Labs acquires three retail locations

Cresco Labs has acquired Cure, a company with three operational dispensaries in Lancaster, Phoenixville, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for $90 million. "Our focus heading into 2022 is on tailoring our strategy to the dynamics of each state to maintain a dominant market position and increase…

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Cannabis software company expands into West Virginia

Simplifya has expanded into the West Virginia medical cannabis industry. Among the tools in Simplifya’s compliance suite is its Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which the company says is designed to help ensure cannabis businesses are running legally, effectively, and efficiently. "Creating the…

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US (OK): Cannabis company and law firm donate wigs for children

A local cannabis business and a McAlester law firm have teamed up to hopefully make things a little better for children undergoing hair loss due to medical treatments or conditions. Buds Craft Cannabis Co. in downtown McAlester and members of the Wagner & Lynch Law Firm donated $500 each to purchase 10…

VertiKit:

Everything a grower needs, including guidance

“Vertikit aims to offer a solution to the issue of access to technology, which can be challenging in the CEA sector," says Dr. William Stiles, director of Vertikit, a one-stop-shop for growing technologies. "There are numerous companies that offer bespoke or turnkey solutions, but it is possible to buy…

First locally-produced cannabis product approved in Denmark

Little Green Pharma has been granted a product registration for its 16% THC “Billinol LGP” cannabis flower medicine by the Danish Medicines Agency. The grant represents the culmination of a 2.5-year application process, with Billinol LGP being the first locally produced cannabis medicine in Denmark to…

Nextevo

Eco startup works with farmers to process coconut husk waste into sustainable alternative to peat moss

Following the launch of its sustainable textile products made from pineapple leaf waste, NEXTEVO announces its development towards processing coconut husk waste into sustainable materials by Q2 2022. NEXTEVO has formed an exclusive partnership with Sambu Group, a coconut products manufacturer, to process…

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Mexico: Supreme Court to vote on allowing grower to cultivate cannabis regardless of legalization

The Mexican Supreme Court will convene on December 1st to deliberate and vote on a claim by Desart MX, SA de CV - a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xebra - which would allow Xebra to import cannabis seeds into Mexico and cultivate and process cannabis, regardless of when, or whether, the country will legalize…

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US (MI): Common Citizen donating turkeys to those in need this Thanksgiving

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Common Citizen will donate more than 2.000 frozen turkeys to those in need in Michigan. The donation is part of the company's commitment to giving back to the community. “At Common Citizen, we are committed to serving the communities we call home, and our turkey giveaway is…

MedMen

MedMen wins lawsuit against former CFO

MedMen has won the lawsuit brought against them by former CFO James Parker. Parker filed suit against MedMen in 2019, alleging wrongful termination and breach of contract. He sought $20 million in damages, but the court has decided in favor of MedMen. "The jury agreed with us, ruling in our favor on all…

Light for the South African cannabis industry

Fluence and White Lion Holdings are partnering to provide LED lighting solutions in the developing South African cannabis market. As the cannabis industry continues to gain traction throughout the country and continent, White Lion Holdings suggests growers will not only need technology at their…

Phylos

Ralph Risch, CEO of Phylos

"We have a responsibility to improve the sustainability of this industry"

In partnership with its dedicated research and cultivation partner Progressive Plant Research, Phylos is projecting a reduction of total energy use by 36% due to the significant improvements and automation made to the facility since the conversion to a cannabis and hemp greenhouse cultivation operation.…

Competitive California cannabis market pushing growers to go high-tech

Pressure on cannabis prices is pushing California greenhouse cannabis cultivators to adopt supplemental lighting technology. At the same time, cultivators must also grapple with the impending California Title 24 Energy Code, which requires high-efficiency lighting for new indoor and greenhouse…

New sensor to monitor development of algae

"Our new sensor provides insight into the number of algae in water streams and sources," the Sendot team shares. Algae are a source of organic matter and the cause of bacterial growth and the development of unfavorable oxygen situations and pollution in pipes.  The algae sensor works on the basis of light…

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New cannabis product line of which 100% of profits to go back to communities

Common Citizen is launching a new cannabis product line, Principle, of which 100% of profits will go back into the communities the company serves.  Creating tangible impact through cannabis ventures requires action, sustained engagement, and collaboration with partners. To help advance these efforts, Common…

Etain

US (NJ): Women-owned cannabis company receives approval for 30.000 sq ft growing facility

Etain Health, a family-run, women-owned cannabis company, has been granted a recommended selection for a vertically integrated permit in New Jersey. This award allows Etain to move forward with plans to open a cannabis growing and processing site and medical dispensary in the state. The company was…

SIPCO Innovations

SIPCO Innovations increases production capacity by 5 times

Sipco Innovations Inc., the manufacturer best known for its signature brand Hygrozyme Enzyme Formula, has announced the addition of a new filler line that will substantially increase its production capacity to meet the growing demand of the industry. The Mass Flow Meter Filling Line — or the “PF 01” as…

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US (CO): Cannabinoid manufacturing company awarded safety certification

TreeHouse Biosciences has been awarded with ASTM's CANNQ/HEMPQ Certification Program by the Policy Center for Public Health & Safety (PH&S) and global standards organization ASTM International. The certification program received input from state Attorneys General and law enforcement upon its creation,…

The Valens Company

CAN (BC): Micro-processing license for Greater Toronto Area facility

Pommies has been issued a micro-processing licence from Health Canada for its manufacturing facility located in the Greater Toronto Area. With this licence, Valens' active manufacturing platform now extends from Western to Eastern Canada, increasing speed-to-market capabilities while optimizing…

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Kannaway expanding into South Africa

Kannaway, a subsidiary of Medical Marijuana Inc., is expanding into South Africa. The cannabidiol (CBD) market in South Africa has seen tremendous growth over the past year as South Africa de-scheduled CBD and made it possible for citizens to buy CBD products without a prescription in 2020. Recent…

MedMen announces new Interim CEO

MedMen has appointed Michael Serruya as Chairman and Interim CEO. He will be the company's third CEO in just two years' time.  Before joining the company, Serruya has previously served as CEO of Coolbrands…

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US (CO): Pure Harvest Group partnering to expand foothold

Pure Harvest Group is entering into a letter of intent with Green Farms to assist with identifying acquisition targets for a roll up of Colorado cannabis businesses under Pure Harvest Colorado, LLC. "Our goal is to combine multiple Colorado cannabis businesses under a single, publicly traded entity to…

TILT Holdings

US (MA): 2-acre Taunton facility receives licenses to commence operations

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has awarded final adult-use cultivation, manufacturing, and retail establishment licenses to TILT's Commonwealth Alternative Care’s Taunton location. Retail and wholesale sales of adult-use cannabis will commence upon final inspection by the CCC. Operating…

Thailand establishes International Medical Cannabis Research Center

Thailand's Public Health Ministry and RxLeaf World Medica will be establishing the International Medical Cannabis Research Center, which will aim to be a knowledge hub for genetic research on medical cannabis, bringing together doctors, researchers, experts from Canada, the Netherlands, and other…

Signify

Virtual Center of Excellence launched for smarter farming in Asia

Signify is launching its first global virtual horticulture knowledge center. The center will provide research insights and advanced lighting solutions for growers in Singapore and the region that will help Singapore and Asia produce local, pesticide-free vegetables grown in a sustainable way.  The center aims…

New irrigation unit is to be released on GrowTech Antalya

One of the problems generally experienced in irrigation systems in the market is that water and fertilizer cannot be sent to the root zone of the plant at the desired values ​​and thus unbalanced fertilizer distribution is experienced between irrigation periods. The newly developed Pride Irrigation Unit,…

TGOD

The Green Organic Dutchman acquires Galaxie Brands

The Green Organic Dutchman has acquired Galaxie Brands Corporation.  TGOD will now be able to use Galaxie's 26,000 sq. ft. Ontario production facility, which is fully licensed by Health Canada and operational with 2.0 production capabilities. The Galaxie Facility will provide TGOD with additional cultivation,…

Tyson 2.0 launches first products in Colorado

"Having a strong identity that captures market share is essential"

Branding is becoming increasingly critical in a cannabis industry that shows no sign of slowing down. As the sector matures, companies in the US are constantly competing to launch new products and gain a market share leading position. Several businesses have partnered up with celebrities to better…

Gavita and Agrolux strengthen cooperation

The Hawthorne Gardening Company will intensify collaboration efforts between its Gavita and Agrolux brands with the aim to build the optimal product portfolio for the Horticultural lighting industry and enhance customer service. Hawthorne, a provider of HPS and LED lighting products for horticulture…

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US (FL): Tallahassee-based greenhouse to grow patented genetics

Neon Bloom has executed a licensing agreement with Floresta, LLC to manufacture Panakeia plants, Bazelet’s US plant patent cannabis genetics, at its greenhouse and breeding facility in Florida’s capital city. Panakeia plants produce 0.00% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), making it the first and only federally…

Vext

CAN (BC): Cannabis company receives license for 25.000 sq.ft. expansion

Appalachian Pharm Processing, LLC has received a Level I Cultivator provisional license to be co-located at the APP facility at 16064 Beaver Pike, Jackson, Ohio. "The license will enable Appalachian Pharm Processing to build out an initial cultivation area of up to 25,000 square feet, with the potential…

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US (KY): 151 acre hemp greenhouse complex for sale

AgTech Scientifc Group is selling its 1.87 million-sq.-ft., 151-acre greenhouse complex based in Lexington, Kentucky. The assets, which are being offered separately, were previously used as part of AgTech Scientific's large-scale hemp-growing and CBD-production operations in Kentucky.  Although there is no…

Tania Humphrey, PhD, Vineland's VP, R&D

"This cannabis license allows us to provide LPs with results-based solutions for cannabis production"

Vineland continues to add to its research services portfolio with a newly acquired Cannabis Research Licence under Health Canada’s Cannabis Act. The licence allows Vineland to conduct research, analysis and trials in a number of disciplines including biochemical studies, plant production, genetic…

Aurora

CAN (AB): Occo is the name of the new Aurora's genetics licensing unit

Aurora's new genetics licensing business unit, focused on the scientific discovery and commercial advancement of novel cannabis cultivars, will be called Occo.    "With the largest catalogue of high-quality genetics available for licensing in Canada, Occo is aptly positioned to reach its goals of further developing the scientific…

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US (CT): Company for cannabis seed-to-sale tracking software has been found

Forian has been chosen as the track and trace system for Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection Drug Control Division. The state plans to use the BioTrack inventory tracking system to monitor the movement of cannabis products in the state’s medical and adult-use cannabis markets, while providing…

TerrAscend

Jason Wild, executive chairman of TerrAscend:

US (MD): "Scaling our cultivation and processing capabilities will allow us to support this underserved market"

TerrAscend has acquired a commercial property located at 273 East Memorial Boulevard, Hagerstown, Maryland for approximately US$2.8 million plus certain costs and expenses. TerrAscend currently produces and sells dried flower and oil products for the Maryland wholesale medical cannabis market from its…

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CAN (QC): Village Farms gains new 55,000 sq ft cultivation facility with 70% acquisition of ROSE LifeSciences

Village Farms has acquired 70% of Québec-based ROSE LifeScience. Through this acquisition, ROSE becomes the Québec operational unit of Village Farms' Canadian cannabis…

NZ: First key ‘Cannabis for pets’ study conducted

A New Zealand company that’s set to be among the first in the world to register cannabis medicines for pets has successfully completed its first study involving dogs. Hale Animal Health’s Managing Director, Leila de Koster, says while the research is commercially sensitive, and the findings will be…

Aurora

Miguel Martin, CEO of Aurora

CAN: "Canada's adult-use market is completely irrational"

"At least for the moment, Canada's adult-use cannabis market is completely irrational," said Aurora Cannabis Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer Miguel Martin. "When you have situations where, with 28-gram discount flower, people are losing money, you've got to choose: do you want to be profitable or do you…

New patent filed for automated vertical farm technology

Affinor Growers announces it has filed for patent protection with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for new automated, vertical farming technology targeted for…

EU: Florian Pichlmaier was elected to the European Hemp Industry Association board

Florian Pichlmaier, founder and managing director of the hemp wholesaler "Signature Products" was elected board member of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) on November 10th, 2021. He will support the board of directors with his many years of experience and his network from the finance and…

Flora Growth

Flora Growth building international pipeline for cannabis products

Flora Growth is building an international pipeline for downstream cannabis products that begins with its cultivation facilities in Colombia and ends with commercial outlets in nations ranging across the Americas, to the European Union, and Australia.  The company is preparing to commence the operation of its…

US (CA): Grower commences tissue culture protocols

Pharmagreen Biotech has commenced developing tissue culture protocol for each of the top Cannabis Strains sold and grown in California. This cannabis market is estimated to be over $6 Billion annually.  The cannabis strains targeted for protocol development (scientific process for plant reproduction where…

Surna Cultivation Technologies

Grant Wilkerson, project manager at Surna Cultivation Technologies

"Our customers can feel confident that their systems will operate at peak performance"

Surna Cultivation Technologies was awarded preventative maintenance contracts for HVACD systems from facilities in Arizona and Michigan, which operate a combined 75,000 square feet of cultivation space. “Surna Cultivation Technologies is excited to sign our first preventative maintenance contracts,” said…

Charlotte's Web

CAN (ON): Grower harvests first patented hemp cultivars

Charlotte's Web has completed the harvest of its international hemp crop, in Canada.  In April of 2021 Charlotte's Web proprietary hemp cultivars were approved for registration on Health Canada's List of Approved Cultivars for outdoor cultivation in Canada. The early flowering and maturing hemp cultivars were…

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US (NY): New cannabis program allows sales tracking

Surfside has developed a new solution for cannabis brands looking to drive and track sales at dispensaries that stock their products. Their Cannabis Co-Op Program allows brands to activate dispensary-level consumer data for personalized digital media campaigns and track sales from 1,000+ dispensaries.…

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CAN (ON): Buildout of Toronto-based production facility completed

Glow LifeTech has completed the buildout of its first production facility, located in Toronto, Canada, thus increasing their production capacity. In addition, they have begun…

Water Ways Technologies

Ohad Haber, Chairman and CEO of Water Ways Technologies

"The orders for our know-how are on the rise"

Water Ways Technologies has received three new orders for its Medical Cannabis Internet of Things Water & Control systems. "We are going to deliver irrigation and computerized control systems for a quarantine structure designed to validate the importation of new cannabis genetics. The irrigation and…

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EU: Cannabis company receives €2.7 million grant

Somaí Pharmaceuticals has received a €2.7 million grant from the Portugal 2020 committee. Portugal 2020 is a partnership agreement between Portugal and the European Commission to fund programs that help achieve national and continental economic, and social and territorial policy objectives aligned with…

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Bryson Guyer, founder of E3:

CAN: “Commercial-scale cannabis growing is a sophisticated discipline in which data is an extremely valuable resource"

SpotLite360 has been contracted by E3 Service Group to provide services relating to the development and integration of technologies including Internet-of-Things sensors as well as corresponding software applications to gather and leverage data collected on a continuous basis.  E3 has recently incorporated…

ALPS

ALPS and Priva have joined forces

ALPS, AUDACIOUS's subsidiary, and Priva have joined forces. The partnership will focus on the joint marketing of ALPS' advanced compliance and maintenance service solution, APIS, across the global horticulture industry. Compliance and risk reduction are increasingly becoming standard requirements for the…

15th anniversary for Havecon

Recognize this greenhouse builder?

On November 9th 2006, Havecon Kassenbouw was founded by Aad Voorwinden and Henk Verbakel. 15 years later, Havecon has grown into an international top player in the realization of Turn-key horticultural projects. This article, written by Havecon, takes you through a piece of history about the origin and…

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US (NY): "There's no guarantee we'll get a state license to grow cannabis for adult-use, but we like our chances"

Wheatfield Gardens is hoping to supply adult-use cannabis to retailers by this time next year. As far as any timeline for a decision about the licenses to grow adult-use…

NL: Selected license producer looking to buy land to set up cultivation

Last week, Minister of Justice Grapperhaus has stated that the government has officially selected seven companies for the closed cannabis supply chain experiment.  One of these companies is Cannamax, which is looking now looking to get a plot of land in Lingerwaard to set up their cultivation. Lingewaard's…

Hexo

Hexo shuts down 3 facilities, lays off 155 staff

Hexo is shutting down 3 of its facilities, laying off more than 150 staff.  The announcement came only a couple of weeks after founder and former CEO Sebastien St-Louis was ousted allegedly after a shareholder expressed utter dissatisfaction with the company’s recent performance.  Hexo shared in a corporate update…

urban-gro

urban-gro named exclusive partner for vertical farm expansions in Europe

urban-gro has been selected by Urban Health Farms as the exclusive architectural design, engineering, build, and equipment integration partner to construct their indoor…

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US (CA): "Our certifications are geared towards those with strict adherence to Best Practices and environmental awareness"

Envirocann is the first approved certifying agent in California to certify comparable-to-organic cannabis with the OCal program. The program will ensure that cannabis products bearing the OCal seal have been certified to consistent, uniform standards comparable to the National Organic Program.  Envirocann’s…

Curaleaf

US (MA): Curaleaf acquires multi-state cannabis operator Tryke

Curaleaf Holdings is to acquire Tryke for approximately US$286 million.  Founded in Arizona in 2014, Tryke has focused on growing and producing cannabis products. "The company has…

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CAN (BC): The Valens Company to acquire Citizen Stash

The Valens Company has acquired Citizen Stash. "As we enter the premium flower category, Valens now boasts a manufacturing and brands portfolio that focuses on two high growth…

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US (CO): Full Colorado hemp testing laboratory certification awarded for the first time

Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs's hemp testing certification has received approval to test products produced in Colorado, making it the first testing lab in the US to be certified for all Colorado-specific requirements.  The Hemp Testing Laboratory Certification Process regulations are arguably among the most…

Canopy Growth

Canopy Growth reports wider losses, closes Tweed Farms greenhouse

It doesn’t seem as if Canopy Growth would get any respite anytime soon, after sharing the recent quarterly results. Indeed, the cannabis giant hasn’t yet achieved profitability, and recent losses have been even wider than in the previous quarter. Last quarter, the company’s EBITDA loss amounted to…

Aurora

Aurora reaches agreement with Growery B. V.

NL: Aurora to acquire stake in one of selected growers for the controlled cannabis supply chain experiment

Aurora Cannabis has entered into an agreement to invest in Netherlands-based Growery B.V. one of the selected participants in the Controlled Cannabis Supply Chain Experiment (the “CCSC”).  "Aurora’s investment in Growery is structured such that the Company intends to invest an immaterial cash amount of which…

Improve greenhouse efficiency with adaptive lighting controller technology

Located approximately 10 miles north of Buffalo in North Tonawanda, Wheatfield Gardens is a 550,000 square feet hydroponic indoor agricultural facility producing high-value crops with energy-efficient technology. Since 2015, Paal Elfstrum, the CEO and founder of Wheatfield Gardens, has worked to…

Fluence Bioengineering

David Cohen, CEO of Fluence

"Growers are seeking the most advanced, efficient cultivation strategies to better serve their communities"

Fluence has launched “Fluence Unfiltered,” a conversation platform for horticulture science and technology. Hosted by Fluence CEO David Cohen and available through the company’s YouTube channel, each “Fluence Unfiltered” episode features Cohen in conversation with global horticultural leaders discussing…

US (MI): Marengo-based greenhouse receives additional funding for transitioning from pepper to cannabis

Power REIT has finalized a lease amendment to fund additional improvements to its greenhouse cultivation facility in Marengo Township, MI. Power REIT’s capital commitment is approximately $4,100,000 which increases the straight-line annual rent by approximately $830,000. "Including the additional funding…

Red White & Bloom

US (FL): Apopka-based cultivation to install 30 Grow Pods

Red White & Bloom has officially entered Phase 2 of its Florida expansion plan. "The plan is ahead of schedule with this week’s delivery of 30 modular grow pods to us, at our Apopka, Florida cultivation location," the RWB team explains. "Phase 2 started with the commissioning and OMMU approval of five…

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CAN (ON): Avicanna's new GACP certification allows Columbian expansion

Santa Marta Golden Hemp has met global conformity standards of Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) for its 360,000 square foot cultivation project in Santa Marta, Colombia. "The certification will allow for the expansion of the Company’s raw materials supply business to include organic and…

Dual Draft

Dual Draft airflow and drainage solutions demo at MJBizCon draws industry praise

The Dual Draft Integrated Airflow System received a positive reception at the recent MJBizCon 2021, the largest cannabis and indoor cultivation tradeshow. Demoing their product for the first time at MJBizCon, the Dual Draft team set up a fully functional two-tiered system. It allowed conference attendees…

US (FL): LeisurePay partners with minority businesses

LeisurePay is entering a partnership with the first wholly owned Black Acquiring bank. "There are only 19 Black-owned banks in America and LeisurePay is paying it forward by…

Livewire Ergogenics

US (CA): Formation of San Luis Obispo Cannabis Growers Alliance announced

"After over two years of complex and sometimes confusing experiences, coupled with a mixture of support and resistance, Livewire has formed the San Luis Obispo Growers Alliance, SLOGrow.org," LiveWire stated. The group provides a platform to share experiences, encourage discussion, and create an…

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US (NJ): Medical cannabis business has secured governmental approvals

Of all the New Jersey applicants to the Cannabis Regulatory Commission to obtain a “vertically integrated permit” to open an Alternative Treatment Center at the Shoppes at Flemington, the top-point earning application was from Altus New Jersey LLC, receiving a total score of 785. With governmental…

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US (NV): Audacious to enter Asian-Pacific cannabis market

AUDACIOUS has formed a strategic partnership with Golden Triangle Health, a subsidiary of NR Instant Produce PCL, a southeast Asian food manufacturer and distributor based in Thailand, producing its own signature brands, private label products, and co-packaging lines. Through this partnership, the…

Brazil: Pindstrup Group acquires large supplier of growing media Brazil

Pindstrup announces the acquisition of Carolina Soil do Brasil, which is the largest supplier of growing media to the horticultural sector in Brazil. Yesterday, documents were…

Cannatrek

Tommy Huppert, CEO of Cannatrek:

"Sustainable cannabis is transforming the industry"

Australia’s new policy of net zero emissions by 2050 is not just a moral ambition but a seismic economic and cultural shift. All industries will have to adapt previous practices to the new world order which will have a high emphasis on circular economy, innovation for sustainability as well as ethical…

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Lume Cannabis hires 1,000th employee in the midst of 'explosive growth'

Lume Cannabis Co. announced the hiring of its 1,000th employee. The company just opened its 26th Michigan adult-use store, making it one of the fastest-growing privately-owned companies in the state, according to President and COO of Lume Doug Hellyar. In fact, Lume remains on track to have as many as 40…

US (NV): Plans for 1M sq. ft. of indoor cultivation and processing space to move forward

In a meeting between MJ Holdings and officials from the Town of Amargosa Valley, Nevada, on October 28, the company's 5-year plan to develop The Farm was approved. "The Farm…

NL: Xebra commences pre-trial cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands

Xebra Brands has commenced its pre-trial cultivation of cannabis in the Netherlands.   As 1 of 5 companies to be selected by the Dutch government to participate in trial medicinal cannabis…

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US (IL): Verilife cannabis workers joins Teamsters Local 777

Cannabis Sales Consultants and Dispensing Inventory Specialists at the River North and Arlington Heights Verilife dispensaries have voted to join Teamsters Local 777 – the first locations at the company to do so. "Congratulations to the newest members of our Teamster family," said Jim Glimco, President…

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US greenhouse research facility likely to be built elsewhere due to uncertainty over greenhouse sale

The likelihood that NatureSweet’s greenhouse Site 1 will be turned into a world-class research and development Innovation Center gets less and less every day due to the uncertainty of the viability of its pending sale of two greenhouses to Bayacan Inc. for the purpose of establishing a commercial…

Dutch Passion

Auto Cinderella Jack by Pure Healing tested with 28% THC

Auto Cinderella Jack could be the world’s strongest autoflower strain after a recent 28% THC level was found by licensed medical cannabis producer Pure Healing of Portugal. CBD levels were below 2%. This is the highest THC level yet seen by Dutch Passion on Auto Cinderella Jack and illustrates the…

Columbia Care

Columbia Care completes $42 million acquisition of Colorado’s Medicine Man

US growing company Columbia Care Inc. announced it has completed its acquisition of Medicine Man, a Colorado-based cannabis company that has been serving the Denver metro area since 2009. This acquisition adds one cultivation facility and four dispensaries to Columbia Care’s Colorado operations,…

The Green Organic Dutchman to acquire Galaxie Brands Corporation

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. announces it has entered into a share purchase agreement under which it will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of…

Curaleaf executive chairman participated in a Ask Me Anything on Reddit

Curaleaf’s Executive Chairman Boris Jordan has participated in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit last Thursday. Many users got into the thread to ask their questions, and the majority seemed to be less about Curaleaf and more about the cannabis industry as a whole. More than one user indeed asked Boris…

US (LA): LSU AgCenter MMJ program expands to new facility

LSU's AgCenter will soon grow and sell smokable medical cannabis to Louisiana pharmacies as a new bill goes into effect early next year, prompting the university's cannabis operation's expansion to a new facility in Ruston on October 20th. The university is partnering with Good Day Farm Louisiana.  Governor…

Entourage Health

CAN (ON): Entourage Health closes acquisition of CannTx Life Sciences

Entourage Health has closed the acquisition of CannTx LIfe Sciences. “In finalizing this transaction with the CannTx team, we are thrilled to emerge as a cannabis operator widely recognized for consistently producing award-winning cannabis products and brands,” said George Scorsis, Interim CEO and…

Hexo

Hexo auditor raises 'substantial doubt' about company's future

Hexo Corp.'s auditor raised serious concerns about the company's future, as it reported a $67.9 million net loss in its latest quarter. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said its recent review of the Ottawa-based cannabis business showed that Hexo "did not maintain, in all material respects, effective internal…

US (MN): NASS Minnesota office conducts first-ever hemp survey

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service sent out its first Hemp Acreage and Production Survey last week to 569 Minnesota producers. The national hemp survey will collect information on the total planted and harvested area, yield, production, and value of hemp in the United States. “The Hemp…

Cannabis Strategic Ventures

US (CA): MOU signed for the acquisition of a Sacramento-based indoor cultivation

Cannabis Strategic Ventures has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Devine Solutions for the acquisition of an indoor cannabis cultivation facility in Sacramento, CA. According to the terms of the MOU, the Company intends to purchase 10% of the Facility at a valuation of $15 million for the entire…

US (CA): Santa Barbara becomes the newest member of the California Cannabis Authority

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has voted in favor of joining the CCA to improve insight and management of the county's licensed cannabis businesses. CCA…

US (NJ): Expansion completed at Egg Harbor-based indoor cultivation

Acreage has completed the expansion at its Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey cultivation facility. "The expansion maximized the cultivation and manufacturing footprint of the ~85,000 square foot facility, which ultimately increased capacity output fourfold," the Acreage team explains. Acreage completed the…

How this California company is drawing parallels between wine and cannabis

Oenophiles may recognize California’s Santa Ynez Valley for its syrah and pinot noir wines, but budtenders celebrate the region for its cannabis extracts from Raw Garden. Founded in 2011, Raw Garden is now reputed for producing California’s most trusted cannabis extracts, using organic techniques to…

Aurora:

"As grow facilities developed, the need for physical security became paramount"

Aurora Cannabis is a pioneer in global cannabis, serving 13 markets internationally. They have created a diverse portfolio in both the consumer and medical markets which have increased access to safe, high-quality cannabis worldwide. As Aurora’s grow facilities were developing, their need for robust…

US (NY): Cannabis workers at Orange County-based cultivation and processing facility ratify new union contract

Local 338 Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union (RWDSU)/United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced that workers at PharmaCann, which operates as Verilife in New York, have ratified a new three-year union contract. The bargaining unit covers approximately sixty workers who work at the…

Kaya Holdings

US (OR): Grower to sell Eugene-based facility for more than $1.3M

Kaya Holdings has completed the sale of its Eugene, Oregon cannabis facility for gross proceeds of $1,325,000.00.  "The Kaya Kannabis Greece Facility, together with Kaya Farms Israel, is configured to produce approximately 600,000 pounds of GMP Certified, Premium, Medical-Grade Cannabis annually for potential…

Culta

US (MD): Grower successfully completes Croptober harvest

Culta has announced a successful Croptober harvest. Each year, Croptober marks the time of the year when sun-grown cannabis is ready for harvest and new strains are introduced to the market. "As one of the largest outdoor cultivators east of the Mississippi, Croptober is one of the most important times…

Sonoma Hills Farm

US (CA): Two cannabis farms receive the "Comparable-to-Organic" certification

Two California cannabis farms are now certified as the first “comparable-to-organic” cannabis farms in the state, as well as in the United States, by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). OCal is a new certification program through the California Dept. of Food and Ag (CDFA). The certification was…

US (PA): "Our success in the indoor growing market is rooted in our premium quality products"

Hydrofarm has entered into an agreement to acquire Illinois-based Innovative Growers Equipment (IGE), for approximately $58.0 million. The transaction is expected to close in early November 2021. “With their manufacturing capabilities and strong line of customized CEA solutions for commercial growers,…

US: GrowBoxCo changes name to Box4Grow

GrowBoxCo has announced that it has changed its name to Box4Grow. The name change comes in conjunction with a significant expansion of its business that services the…

Driven by Stem

US (CO): Letter of intent signed for acquisition of Denver-based vertically integrated operator

Driven by Stem has entered into a letter of intent to acquire Colorado Harvest Company (“CHC”), a Denver-based vertically integrated operator with two delivery permits, three retail dispensaries, and two cultivation facilities. “The Colorado cannabis market has been an area of strategic focus for Stem.…

Berner, Co-Founder and CEO of Cookies:

"There’s no doubt the Emerald Triangle made American cannabis culture what it is today"

International cannabis brand Cookies has launched its Humboldt Grown Initiative, a line of cannabis products from the heart of California’s historic Emerald Triangle. Cookies debuted this line in time for "Croptober," the season during which a vast majority of sun-grown cannabis is ready to harvest.…

MMJ company wins court case to legally import CBD oil in Finland

Medical Marijuana, Inc.'s subsidiary Kannaway has won a historic court case in Finland proving the legality of the importation of the company’s cannabidiol (CBD) oil. “We knew that our operations and sales were legal in Finland, but receiving this ruling from the Finnish High Supreme Administrative Court…

LiveWire Ergogenics

US (CA): Estrella Ranch expands cultviation area to over 130,000 sq. ft.

LiveWire Ergogenics' Estrella River Farms has begun to expand the cultivation area on Estrella Ranch by two acres of additional cultivation area, raising the total canopy to over 130,000 sqft. Bill Hodson, CEO of Livewire Ergogenics, states, "While Estrella River Farms continues to deliver its first…

Government helps sharpen the competitive edge of New Zealand’s medicinal cannabis industry

The Government is backing a research and development program to help accelerate the establishment of New Zealand’s medicinal cannabis industry and boost export potential, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) is contributing nearly…

Tilray to supply Luxembourg with GMP medical cannabis

Tilray has been selected by the Luxembourg Ministry of Health as a supplier of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certified medical cannabis products for the country’s medical cannabis program. Following this selection, Tilray will supply a variety of its pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis products,…

US (CA): Med-X, Inc. receives patent on Nature-Cide insecticidal soil

"What started as a soil application for the cannabis industry in 2016 has blossomed into a multi-use soil blend for all types of cultivation, from greenhouse and agricultural applications to cannabis/hemp operations," the Med-X team explains. Med-X has received Patent No. 11,147,266 B2 for its…

US (NY): South Buffalo cannabis facility gets green light from city

Western New York's first proposed legal cannabis farm and production facility got the green light from city planners on October 25th as developer Rocco Termini's son pursues the initial phase of his $200 million high-tech cannabis campus in South Buffalo. Brad Termini's Zephyr Partners wants to construct…

US (IL): Cresco Labs' social justice initiative raised $250,000

Cresco Labs' “Summer of Social Justice” nationwide initiative raised over $250,000 for social justice-focused community organizations and supported the expungement process for…

Flora Growth

US (FL): Grower receives GACP certification

Flora Growth has received the Good Agricultural and Collection Practices certification by the Control Union Medical Cannabis Standard (“CUMCS”). Paired with the recent Colombian law change, Flora may now export its dry flower to international GMP active pharmaceutical ingredient (“API”) producers or to…

Launch of a new non-toxic, environmentally friendly irrigation line cleaner

SIPCO Innovations, the manufacturer of Hygrozyme, is excited to announce the launch of its new product HYCLEAN in the North American market this fall. HYCLEAN is a chelating agent for cleaning and preventing salt, mineral, and fertilizer buildup in driplines, irrigation equipment, and grow media. When…

US (CA): Central Coast cannabis business owner pleads guilty to federal tax evasion, bribery charges

The owner of a Central Coast cannabis dispensary pleaded guilty to federal charges related to an investigation into tax evasion and bribery of a former San Luis Obispo County supervisor in exchange for votes favoring his business. Helios "Bobby" Dayspring, 35, appeared via Zoom before Judge Andre Birotte…

Mexx Holweg, from intern to cultivation consultant at Cultivators

"I will focus in assisting my colleagues in cannabis and hydroponic lettuce"

Cultivators, a Netherlands-based consulting company, has always been investing in young talents through internships for students from the Wageningen University (WUR), for instance, and other institutions. “This provides valuable new insights for the interns, Cultivators and our partners in the industry,”…

Stenocare

DK: Indoor facility completed, grower starts production

In early September, Stenocare went into formal production. The project which was started in 2017 as a plan to provide medicinal cannabis to needy patients in Denmark and abroad. The company was the first to receive permission to grow, import and distribute medicinal cannabis in Denmark. Since then,…


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