Marijuana Cultivation News


Hemp Farmers Wanted in Oregon

Attention, Oregon growers: If you’re looking to expand your crop base, you might want to consider hemp. The state’s Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for business licenses to sow hemp. A three-year license will cost cultivators $1,500, and planting could begin as early as spring. Industrial hemp, which hasn’t made as many waves […]

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20 Applicants, Including Rapper, Win Dispensary Licenses in Santa Ana

The city of Santa Ana, California, has awarded 20 dispensary licenses, including one to Cypress Hill rapper Louis Freese, better known by his stage name B-Real. The move comes just two months after voters approved a measure legalizing and taxing MMJ, which will make Santa Ana the first city in Orange County to have legal […]

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Business Licenses Issued in IL Before FBI Checks Completed

In his hurry to get permits issued to medical marijuana businesses, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner overlooked a key step in the vetting process: conducting criminal background checks. None of the companies awarded licenses have been through the requisite checks, according to the Associated Press. Federal background checks – which involve running the names of the […]

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Week in Review: Illinois a Launchpad for MJ Companies With Eye on National Expansion

By John Schroyer The cannabis industry has been abuzz since Illinois unexpectedly issued 70 business permits to medical marijuana companies earlier this week, allaying concerns that the licensing process would be delayed indefinitely. “I’ve got phone calls coming in almost 24/7 now,” said Joseph Friedman, chief operations officer at PDI Medical, which was awarded a […]

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Grower Uses Classical Music to Enhance Potency

Chopin, Beethoven and plenty of other classical composers are played on a daily basis to dozens of cannabis plants in a grow room owned by the Denver medical marijuana dispensary chain Sticky Buds. Why? Because the company’s master grower, Elias Tempton, believes it helps boost THC content. Tempton said he’s seen a “surprisingly high” increase […]

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Over 100 Tribes Exploring Marijuana Business Opportunities

Native American interest in the marijuana industry is accelerating quickly. Over 100 tribes have contacted FoxBarry Farms, a management firm working to construct the first marijuana cultivation facility on Native American land, to explore business opportunities, according to the Huffington Post. FoxBarry has already signed one deal with a northern California tribe, and it reportedly […]

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Illinois Issues MMJ Business Licenses

In a surprise move, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner approved dozens of medical marijuana business licenses on Monday, ending a period of uncertainty over the future of the state’s MMJ program. Rauner, who has been critical of the program and previously indicated he might delay the entire licensing process, issued 52 of the 60 available dispensary […]

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Increased Demand for Organic Cannabis in SF

Growers and dispensaries in San Francisco are seeing a spike in demand for organic cannabis from medical marijuana patients worried about pesticides. To meet this demand, one local dispensary – the San Francisco Patient Resources Center (SPARC) – began selling a line of cannabis last year that’s grown outside using only organic nutrients and zero […]

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California Tribe Inks MMJ Deal

It’s official: Native Americans are getting into the marijuana industry. The Pinoleville Pomo Nation announced that it has solidified a deal with FoxBarry Development Company to build a 90,000 square foot indoor cultivation center for medical marijuana on its land north of San Francisco, in Mendocino County. Construction is slated to begin next month, and operations […]

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Former Illinois Gov’s List of License Finalists Revealed

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who left office earlier this month without granting medical marijuana business licenses as initially planned, had a shortlist of companies ready to go. The list of several dozen businesses was released by newly-inaugurated Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, and includes scores for […]

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1,600+ Applicants for 10 Rec Licenses in Colorado County

How popular is the marijuana business in Colorado? Here’s one indication: A single county that plans on issuing a total of 10 business licenses received roughly 1,608 applications in a three-week period in January. Adams County officials accepted applications between Jan. 2 and 22 for three retail marijuana shops, three cultivation facilities, three infused products […]

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