MMJ grower plans $160M greenhouse on tribal lands

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A proposal to build a $160 million greenhouse on tribal land in New Mexico would create the largest grow operation in the United States.

The Associated Press reported that Delaware-based Bright Green Group of Companies is joining with Acoma Pueblo to build a state-of-the-art cultivation and research facility on a patch of tribal land in western New Mexico.

The project is slated to include a research facility for medicinal plants. The entire project would span some 6 million square feet, with space for 40 million medicinal plants – not all of it MMJ, according to the AP.

The business will focus largely on growing MMJ, but its owners want to shore up the operation by growing other plants with medicinal benefits, such as pennywort and Indian ginseng, the AP reported.

According to the AP, only licensed nonprofit businesses can grow MMJ in the state; but Bright Green isn’t seeking a state license because the owners intend to grow on tribal lands, which fall under tribal and federal jurisdictions.