How Cannabis Production is Becoming More High-Tech

Cannabis production in commercial greenhouses was a hot discussion topic during the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association’s (NGMA) Spring Meeting in Savannah, GA, in April. One of the speakers at the event was Damian Solomon, Director of Cultivation at MedMen, which is nearing completion on a new cannabis production facility in Nevada. Solomon designs high-tech growing solutions […]

Sensible cannabis policies in Yolo County

It is time for the Yolo County Board of Supervisors to take the next step forward on sensible cannabis regulation. Residents of Yolo County have consistently voted in favor of legalization of cannabis. In the November 2016 election, more than 60 percent of Yolo County voters said yes to Proposition 64: California Marijuana Legalization Initiative. […]

Law Enforcement Raids Rogue Grow on Indian Land

WILLITS, 7/27/17 — Tuesday, July 25, a joint team of local and federal law enforcement officers raided the eastern property of the Sherwood Rancheria, in the Willits-Little Lake Valley, arresting six people and cutting down 2,421 plants. Interviews with neighbors give the impression that a very large grow had been operated for some time on […]

Biodynamic Growhouse in Sonoma Valley

An old turkey ranch near Glen Ellen is the site of a very new business model, applying biodynamic principals that have worked well in grape production and other agricultural practices to the rapidly-growing field of legal cannabis cultivation. SPARC, a medical cannabis cultivator started in San Francisco (as the San Francisco Patient and Resource Center), […]

The Poetry of Plants

INTERVIEWER: Tyler Mentel, Head of Design, Hybrid Tech INTERVIEWEE: Nelson Lindsley, Poetry of Plants Q: Can you tell us how you got into cultivation consulting and some background on yourself? In mid 2000s I was signed recording artist for Geffen Records. Cannabis was part of my creative expression. I was working a lot of audio and sound […]

Cannabis Conundrum

Growers want to grow, and residents want to open their windows. In its ongoing discussions about how to regulate the cannabis industry, Santa Barbara County Supervisors and staff convened on July 11 to receive public input and set priorities. Starting July 12, the county opened the 30-day scoping period for its Environmental Impact Report on […]

To Talk of Cannabis

Over the last 50 years, thanks to scientific achievements made in the field of cannabis research, the language we use to discuss our favorite plant has undergone a revealing transformation. In the ’60s and ’70s, my generation referred to it as grass, pot, weed, herb, sinsemillia, and, of course, marijuana. When it came to strain […]

Preparing for Recreational Marijuana in California

Three cannabis businesses discuss how they are preparing for recreational and licensing in 2018! Hear from a Cultivator, a Dispensary and a Product Brand to find out what they are doing to get ready, what discussions they are having internally and with partners, and how they plan on preparing for 2018. Speakers include: Dave Holmes, […]

From Flask to Field

See article at Walk into your typical U.S. or U.K. grocery store and feast your eyes on an amazing bounty of fresh and processed foods. In most industrialized countries, it’s hard to imagine that food production is one of the greatest challenges we will face in the coming decades. By the year 2050, the […]

Yolo County Cannabis Raid

Two cannabis cultivators sought and received every California license and permit to grow. Then came the raid that shows how arbitrary the law can be.

California's New Marijuana Era

At the heart of California’s Emerald Triangle is Humboldt County, a legendary locale in the world of weed, as prized by marijuana aficionados for its cannabis as Napa Valley is for its wine. “Humboldt is the absolute, undisputed leader in cannabis,” said Luke Bruner, a local resident who has advised state and local officials on […]

Small Growers Face Future at Emerald Cup

SANTA ROSA, CA., 12/17/16 — Farmers of outdoor cannabis from around the Emerald Triangle came by the hundreds to showcase their craft this past weekend at The Emerald Cup — California’s premiere outdoor organic cannabis competition and conference — which attracted around 30,000 people to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Many of these cannabis cultivators have […]

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