Marijuana Cultivation

California marijuana enforcement continues: Humboldt busts illegal grow

A California county’s drug enforcement unit raided an unlicensed cannabis cultivation operation this week, dealing another blow to the state’s thriving illicit market, which has been stealing market share from legal marijuana businesses. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit – in partnership with multiple county and state agencies – served a warrant to […]

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Medical marijuana demand, imports continue to climb in Germany

While Germany is on track to become one of the largest federally legal medical marijuana markets in the world, a lack of publicly available data on consumption makes it difficult for companies to assess the actual market opportunities. Unlike Health Canada, German authorities don’t publish centralized statistical information of the number of patients or amount […]

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Oregon regulators revoke cannabis grow license for seed-to-sale violations

Oregon marijuana regulators canceled the license of a grower with an operation linked to a butane honey oil explosion that burned two people. According to The Bulletin, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC ) announced that High Cascade Farms in Deschutes County is having its recreational marijuana producer license canceled for 13 violations. Seven of […]

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Some outdoor marijuana growers finding success using all-natural, ‘closed-loop’ approach

There are many ways for indoor and greenhouse marijuana growers to be sustainable, but few types of grows are more environmentally friendly and inexpensive to run than an outdoor, closed-loop farm. On a closed-loop farm, everything on the premises goes back into the land. For example, plants are grown on the farm to be used in nutrient mixes, composts and pest repellents, and excrement from farm animals, say, alpacas are used in compost.

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Navy Capital leads $6 million funding round for Los Angeles cannabis firm

Los Angeles-based marijuana extracts firm Field is poised to expand into new markets after closing a $6 million funding round. The raise was led by: Cannabis investment fund Navy Capital under managing partners Sean Stiefel and John Kaden. MedReleaf executives Eitan Popper, Igor Gimelshtein and Tarik Ouass, who earlier this year sold the company to Aurora Cannabis for 3.2 billion Canadian dollars ($2.5 billion). […]

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MJardin buying Nevada cannabis cultivation facility for $22 million

MJardin has agreed to buy a licensed cannabis cultivation facility in Las Vegas for roughly $22 million in cash and stock, allowing the Denver company to extend its geographic footprint into the Nevada marijuana market. MJardin – which operates cultivation, processing and retail facilities in North America and has an office in Toronto – said […]

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OR county gets grant to battle marijuana growers harvesting more than license limits

An Oregon county’s sheriff’s office will use state grant money to go after legal growers that harvest more than their license allows as well as black-market marijuana producers. The nearly $600,000 grant from a new program will pay for three detectives, one crime analyst and a part-time prosecutor in Jackson County, the Mail Tribune reported. […]

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Marijuana officials warn MA pesticide crackdown could stymie MMJ industry

Massachusetts medical marijuana industry officials cautioned that a crackdown by state regulators on their use of pesticides, including natural compounds used by the organic food industry, could hamstring cultivators and curb MMJ supplies. The Boston Globe reported that state health department inspectors shuttered Colorado-based medical cannabis firm Good Chemistry’s growing, processing and retail operations in Massachusetts […]

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A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana program back on track

One year after a hurricane devastated the island of Puerto Rico, medical cannabis businesses are reporting a remarkable turnaround from a storm that is believed to have left nearly 3,000 people dead. The U.S. territory’s medical marijuana patient pool is increasing and prices for cannabis flower are leveling off after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico’s […]

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Increased desire for high-THC products a hazard for some Alaska cannabis cultivators

Consumers in Alaska are willing to pay higher prices for more potent cannabis, but that trend could threaten to bankrupt some cultivators, according to an article in the Anchorage Daily News. Growers whose marijuana tests below 20% THC struggle to recoup their costs because their product won’t sell for a premium price, a lab director […]

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How ‘thousands of pounds’ of California cannabis may be left out of the legal supply chain

The regulatory whirlwind that swept through California’s marijuana industry since the newly regulated market launched in January continues to fan many companies’ anxieties – especially those smaller farmers that are more focused on cultivation than mainstream business savvy.

In particular, the state requirement that all growers use licensed distributors as middlemen to get their product to market has resulted in a bottleneck in many rural marijuana farming areas, especially Trinity County, which is famously remote and therefore was a perfect stomping ground for illicit cannabis growers for decades.

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Aurora Cannabis to acquire Uruguay-based ICC Labs for CA$290 million

Aurora Cannabis has agreed to acquire Uruguayan marijuana producer ICC Labs in a deal valued at 290 million Canadian dollars ($220 million) and would establish the Alberta-based company as a leader in South America. Reports of the deal surfaced a few weeks ago, though the companies declined to comment at that time. Under the deal, […]

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