Announcements

Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Colombia's MMJ industry takes shape

For years, Blanca Riveros has had the same routine: After fixing breakfast and taking her son to school, she heads home to a large plastic trash bag filled with marijuana.

She trims the plants and gets them ready for Colombian drug traffickers. After school, her son helps cut more.

The business was long overseen by the country’s largest rebel group, which dominated this region, taxed its drugs and became internationally notorious for trafficking in billions of dollars in illicit substances. But when the government signed a peace deal with the fighters last year, the state swept in and reclaimed this remote mountain village, threatening to end the trade.

“How am I supposed to feed my family?” Ms. Riveros asked.

She now has an unlikely option: growing marijuana with the government’s blessing instead.

A Canadian company called PharmaCielo, with the government’s approval, is working to produce the drug legally in Colombia and is looking to hire.

Colombia has received billions of dollars in American aid to eradicate the drug trade. But in the coming weeks, the government says, it will begin processing licenses for a small number of companies, including PharmaCielo, under a 2015 law that allows the cultivation of medical marijuana.

Read more at The New York Times

Publication date: 3/14/2017

 


 

Other news in this sector:

8/22/2017 CAN(QC): Havecon to build 250,000 sq. ft. greenhouse for Hydropothecary
8/22/2017 US: 10 states most likely to pass recreational marijuana next
8/22/2017 Video: This is what you call 'protected cropping'
8/22/2017 US (CO): Special forces veteran sues police for MJ greenhouse raid
8/22/2017 US (OH): GreenGro sells 25,000 sq. ft. vertical farm to MMJ grower
8/18/2017 "NFL warms up to marijuana"
8/18/2017 Canada (ON): Enniskillen Pepper Co. makes transition towards marijuana
8/18/2017 CAN (ON): Aphria invests $11.5 million in Scientus Pharma
8/18/2017 US (WA): Oroville MMJ farm approaches first harvest
8/17/2017 Video: James West of Midas letters visits Aphria
8/16/2017 Arkansas: Strict rules prevent companies from applying for cultivator permits
8/16/2017 US (NY): New MMJ licensee to be acquired by investment firm
8/15/2017 Australian government provides update on export of MMJ products
8/15/2017 Canadian company ships first MMJ to Brazil
8/15/2017 US: Maryland regulators approve eight new MMJ growers
8/14/2017 CAN (ON): Aphria teams up with Nuuvera on MMJ greenhouse
8/14/2017 US (OH): Approval for Toledo MMJ operation
8/11/2017 US (NJ): State gives OK to grow medical marijuana in Secaucus
8/11/2017 "Maryland is mired in a medical-marijuana morass"
8/10/2017 US (CA): MedMen featured in CNBC documentary