Medicinal production

Sustainability and the cultivation of quality cannabis

Tantalus Labs grows at SunLab, one of the first commercial-scale cannabis greenhouses in North America. Since their inception in 2012, they’ve shared detailed information about their methodologies, unique growing processes and the resulting reduced environmental impact. "This commitment to transparency…

Canopy Growth to inject 30 million CDN in additional capital into Canopy Rivers

Canopy Growth intends to increase its total investment in Canopy Rivers by $30 million (CDN). The investment will be made through a private placement of subordinated voting…

Humidity in cannabis cultivation

Cannabis in the modern era is grown in completely controlled spaces, constantly monitored and adjusted, in order to maintain a consistent quality of product, while attempting to maximize yields. by Rom Meir This highly technologized world of cannabis cultivation emerged from the underground indoor growing operations of the pre-legal world, converging with the…

US (CA): Cannabis Research Center to explore environmental, social impacts of legalization

Cannabis is unlike any other agricultural crop. Because of its circuitous history — once illegal to grow, and now legal but heavily regulated — cannabis has cast a unique footprint on the environment and the communities of farmers who grow it. UC Berkeley's new Cannabis Research Center, announced by a multidisciplinary team of…

MMJ exports get approval from Israel cabinet

The Israeli cabinet approved medical cannabis exports, opening up a new market for producers. The cabinet's move is expected to lead to increased investment in agriculture, research and production…

US: Cannabis company files bankruptcy

A Denver-based company that builds greenhouses for marijuana growers and has raised more than $15 million from investors, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, BusinessDen.com reports. Denver-based GrowCo Inc, a majority owned subsidiary of Two Rivers Water & Farming Company, said in the filing last week that…

Inside a Colombian open-air cannabis greenhouse

In a vast open-air greenhouse thousands of sweet-smelling marijuana plants are being grown for doctors rather than dealers. This immense plantation in the lush green mountains above the Colombian city of Medellin is the heart of the world's foremost fully-licensed medicinal cannabis farm. Here at PharmaCielo, leading scientists and horticulturists are…

Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes:

"Victoria is the medicinal cannabis capital of Australia"

Cronos Australia will call Victoria home for its Asia-Pacific headquarters and establish a state-of-the art research and development centre, expecting to create around 120 new…

Denmark: TGOD and Knud Jepsen complete cannabis joint ventures

The Green Organic Dutchman has entered into a definitive Agreement with Queen Genetics/Knud Jepsen to establish two 50/50 joint ventures; the first for the purpose of producing commercial cannabis and cannabis oils and the second for developing and patenting innovative and commercially valuable elite…

Sativa Grow constructing MMJ greenhouse in the UK

Saliva has progressed plans to construct dedicated plant cultivation facilities in the UK, where industrial hemp and cannabis plants can be grown and high-quality CBD wellness…

Large scale cannabis cultivation in Odense, Denmark

The Danish horticulture company, Gartneriet Nældebakken, used to cultivate pot plants. Recently, however, cannabis plants have been placed in their 23,000 m2 greenhouses near Odense, Denmark. This company was purchased by Spectrum Cannabis after the legalization of cannabis in Canada. Spectrum Cannabis is a…

390,000 instead of 600,000 square feet

CAN (ON): CannTrust to proceed with Phase III construction

CannTrust has obtained the necessary permitting from the Town of Pelham to proceed with its Phase III expansion with the construction process set to commence immediately. The revised Phase III expansion is permitted for a footprint of up to 390,000 square feet, compared to the 600,000 square feet in the Company’s initial…

CAN (ON): Tilray buys 662,000 sq.ft. greenhouse in Leamington

Tilray has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Tilray, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, will acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities of Natura…

Green Growth files bid to take over Aphria

Green Growth has filed its Offer to Purchase and Circular and related documents with the applicable securities regulatory authorities in Canada and the United States and will…

Village Farms files for NASDAQ listing

Village Farms has filed an application to list its common shares on NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “VFF”. Village Farms’ common shares will continue to be listed on…

Zenabis appoints Andrew Grieve as new CEO

Zenabis has appointed Andrew Grieve as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Rick Brar, Zenabis’ Co-Founder and former CEO, will continue to contribute and join fellow Co-Founder Mark…

Canadian cannabis company invests in 108,000 sq. ft. greenhouse in Australia

Aleafia Health is announcing its global expansion with the closing of its previously announced investment in CannaPacific, a federally licensed Australian medical cannabis…

Earl Connors, RMMI:

"With this system, we can maximize production yields and product quality"

AEssenseGrows, an AgTech company specializing in automated precision aeroponic platforms for high-yield plant production, announced that Alberta-based Rocky Mountain Marijuana has selected its AEtrium grow system to enter Canada’s blossoming cannabis market. RMMI chose the AEtrium system, including the recently introduced AErix grow lights,…

Chief Innovation Officer to develop research strategy at HEXO

HEXO is strengthening its commitment towards research and innovation by appointing Veronique Hamel as its Chief Innovation Officer. With global experience in new product development Ms. Hamel is well positioned to develop research strategy and oversee HEXO’s research and innovation pipeline.  “I am pleased to welcome Veronique to our leadership…

US (AZ): Cochise County approves medical marijuana expansion

Cochise county will be creating 50 new jobs thanks to one of the state’s largest wholesalers of medical marijuana. The Phoenix-based Pharmacy will be planting 87,000 square feet of cannabis plants at a 99-acre property on 8251 N. Ingram Lane, Willcox. The company has already invested more than $15 million at nearby West Greenhouse Drive,…

CAN (BC): Aurora to acquire Whistler

Aurora Cannabis has entered into a letter of intent to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of privately held Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation, in an all-share…

US: Canopy Growth receives New York State hemp licence

Canopy Growth has been granted a licence by New York State to process and produce hemp. Thanks to the work of key state and federal government officials from the State of New…

International Cannabis to acquire 49.9% of Wayland Group's international portfolio

International Cannabis has entered into a Letter of Intent, pursuant to which the companies will complete a Definitive Purchase Agreement on or before March 1, 2019, to…

Canadian firms invest in European cannabis companies

Two Canadian cannabis investors – SOL Global Investments and LGC Capital – have made investments in separate European cannabis companies. As European nations witness the benefits of marijuana legalization occurring in North America, momentum for legalization is building across the continent. Over the course of the…

US: Green Thumb Industries enters Connecticut market with acquisition of Advanced Grow Labs

Green Thumb Industries, a cannabis consumer packaged goods company and owner-operator of retail chain RISE, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Advanced Grow Labs and…

Canada: AgraFlora and Blox to form cannabis operations management company

AgraFlora Organics International, a growth oriented and diversified international cannabis company, and Blox Labs announced a letter of intent to negotiate in good faith a…

Medical cannabis starts operating in Colombia

Pideka expects to have five 1,200 m2 warehouses by the end of this year, after investing nearly US $15 million. Pideka, a Colombian company that is a pioneer in indoor medicinal cannabis cultivation, will start its first phase of operations in the country this month with the construction of its first five warehouses and…

"Germany delays roll-out of medical marijuana"

The production and distribution of medical marijuana in Germany will be delayed once again, according to a report by publisher Funke Mediengruppe on Thursday. The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices has said it needs more time to decide the rules for awarding licenses to cannabis producers. Medical marijuana…

CAN (ON): Aleafia completes Phase One construction and retrofitting of Niagara greenhouse facility

Aleafia has completed Phase I construction and retrofitting of its Niagara Greenhouse facility located in Grimsby, Ontario. The company expects to complete Phase II of the construction and retrofitting on the balance of the facility in late Q1 or early Q2 2019. The company has also submitted the facility's Evidence Package…

Canada: Universities and colleges growing marijuana on campus

Marijuana, long snuck on to college and university campuses for use in bongs and joints, is now being grown legally at several academic institutions across the country. Eight academic institutions have obtained licences from Health Canada to cultivate cannabis for scientific purposes, allowing them to closely study the…

CAN (BC): UBCO plans greenhouse on university-owned farm

A new greenhouse at UBC Okanagan could help researchers improve a variety of crops, including cannabis, university officials say. Marijuana could not be grown inside the greenhouse, as that…

CAN (ON): Canopy Rivers secures funding to acquire 1.3 million sq.ft. greenhouse

Canopy Rivers' 49%-owned joint venture PharmHouse has entered into a syndicated credit facility with the Bank of Montreal, as agent and lead lender, and with Canadian Imperial…

CAN (ON): 7ACRES on track for all 25 flowering rooms to be completed in March 2019

As of calendar year-end, 7ACRES has 19 completed flowering rooms and is on track for all 25 flowering rooms to be completed in March 2019. Once completed, 7ACRES will have a greenhouse footprint of approximately 300,000 square feet, with the total facility reaching over 440,000 square feet. Supreme…

"we grow chili's at first"

Ground broken on German cannabis project

Nuuvera, the German daughter company of Aphria, is building an indoor farm for growing medicinal cannabis in Neumunster, Germany. Since the company doesn't have the right papers yet, the growing facility is to be used for medicinal chili at first - but the end goal is to have a 8,000 square meter…

Thailand approves medical marijuana in New Year's 'gift'

Thailand approved marijuana for medical use and research on Tuesday, the first legalization of the drug in a region with some of the world’s strictest drug laws. The junta-appointed parliament in Thailand, a country which until the 1930s had a tradition of using marijuana to relieve pain and fatigue, voted to amend…

US (CO): Voluntarily recalls of retail marijuana

A Denver marijuana business, Doctor’s Orders LLC, doing business as Doctor’s Orders, is voluntarily recalling all retail marijuana plant material due to the presence of…

Canadian cannabis company expands in Australia and Portugal

Flowr, a Canadian Licensed Producer of cannabis products, has acquired a 19.8% interest in Holigen Limited (Holigen). Flowr will provide, among other things, its cultivation,…

In 2018 we visited 30 trade shows and shot 5,595 pictures!

Despite the fact that we will not publish any newsletters till January 2, we won't give you an excuse to bore yourself to death. Here is an overview with all the pictures that we took in 2017; together with our Dutch veggie colleagues of Groentennieuws.nl, international floral publication FloralDaily and…

New Zealand to vote on recreational cannabis in 2020

Justice Minister Andrew Little of New Zealand has confirmed that the referendum on recreational cannabis use will be at the 2020 election and will be binding. "There is a bit of detail still to work through, but we are telling the electoral commission that's when it's going to be," Little told media. A referendum on recreational…

Tilray goes international with medical cannabis

Tilray has signed a global partnership with a division of Swiss drug giant Novartis to develop and distribute its medical marijuana in legal jurisdictions around the world. The Canadian pot firm said Tuesday it’s reached an agreement with Sandoz to boost the availability of medical cannabis products globally, building on…

Canada: AB InBev and Tilray join forces to develop cannabis beverages

AB InBev, one of the world’s biggest brewers, and Tilray, active in cannabis production and distribution, announced a partnership to research non-alcohol beverages containing…

International Cannabis provides update on Danish operation

International Cannabis controls a medical cannabis production and manufacturing licence in the Kingdom of Denmark. The company’s Danish assets mirror industry peers such as…

US (MD): MMJ grower fined for using unauthorized crop protection agents

After investigation, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission concludes that ForwardGro used unauthorized crop protection agents, failed to ensure employees used adequate personal protective equipment and failed to have appropriate security measures in place as required by the Commission’s regulations. Responding to…

Aphria expands operations in Argentina

Aphria's subsidiary ABP has signed a Letter of Intent with the Argentinian state-owned Cannabis Avatãra Sociedad del Estado (CANNAVA) to enter into a cooperation agreement regarding the cultivation of cannabis that will expand the company's strategic Argentinian operations into the Province of Jujuy. Under the terms…

Aleafia to buy Emblem in $173M all-stock deal

Aleafia is acquiring Emblem in an all-stock deal worth $173 million, a deal that marks the first significant cannabis industry takeover since Canada legalized recreational pot in October. ​The deal will combine two mid-tier cannabis producers into a significant player in the medical marijuana space while providing Aleafia…

Retail executive Michael Kramer joins MedMen as CFO

A veteran finance executive with more than three decades of experience in the retail industry, Michael Kramer has a proven track record at retailers such as Apple Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch, and Forever 21. Now he will bring that knowledge to MedMen, where he is tasked with advancing the company’s growth plan, focusing…

"Efficiency is key in medicinal cannabis cultivation"

The worldwide demand for medicinal cannabis increases and production facilities become larger and more automated. Efficiency in the cultivation of medicinal cannabis is key and this starts with automation and process planning. Codema has been providing automation to a few of the top 10 cannabis growers…

Jamaican cannabis facility gears up for expansion

Weekend Unlimited announces that its previously announced acquisition target, R & D Pharma in Jamaica, has advanced its breeding program in anticipation of further…

"Marijuana ban will stay in UN treaties"

The World Health Organization said Friday in Vienna that it needed more time to decide if marijuana should be removed from international drug treaties. The WHO was due to report on cannabis…

CAN (ON): Aquaponic cannabis grower expands with two new facilities

To meet the demand of a growing patient-base, Green Relief, a licensed producer of medical cannabis, has officially acquired possession of a new facility in Stoney Creek, Ont., that will significantly boost the company's production capacity. The 100,000-square-foot facility is located at 565 Seaman St., and is…

How Lesotho is cashing in on marijuana

Lesotho is aiming to make money from the booming medicinal marijuana industry, but the BBC's Vumani Mkhize says the southern African nation already has an unheralded illicit trade in the drug for recreational use. Green dust swirls around Mampho Thulo as she uses her hands to scoop dried marijuana leaves from a…

Italian CBD greenhouse ready for 2019 growing season

CROP's large Italian CBD greenhouse facility has been upgraded and is ready for the start of the 2019 growing season. The joint venture facility, which covers 87,120 square feet and is co-owned through XHemplar S.R.L, now has a perimeter security fence being erected as well as a comprehensive CCTV security system that…

CAN (ON): JWC continues large scale expansion at second facility

James E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation has received a main building permit from the City of Kitchener – Building Division for the second phase of the construction of its second facility, which is located at 530 Manitou Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, N2C 1L3. The corporation estimates that Phase 2 will include the construction…

UK: BBC's Countryfile visits cannabis grower

Adam Henson of BBC Countryfile was granted rare access to the biggest single glass house in the UK where a controversial crop is now being grown. Here, on this East Anglia site, they used to grow food. But now the glasshouse has been converted to become one of the world’s largest producers of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis. The…

CAN (SK): Herb grower talks about switch to marijuana

If everything goes according to plan, Brian Bain will convert his Saskatoon market garden to a marijuana nursery by next year.  He said it's a matter of economics. "All of a sudden, you have a crop that comes along, that you can pay your employees better, you can pay yourself better and the business itself will do better," he told…

Village Farms responds to farm bill

US: "Significant demand for both greenhouse-grown and outdoor-grown hemp"

Village Farms International, following the passage by U.S. Congress of the 2018 Farm Bill, will aggressively pursue opportunities to become a vertically integrated leader in…

Houweling's Group JV to focus on cannabis flowering in 2,200,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

CAN (BC): "We have discovered the cannabis industry is not quite ready for outsourcing plant propagation"

AgraFlora Organics (formerly PUF Ventures), announces its joint venture company Propagation Services Canada is to focus on the cultivation of cannabis flowering plants and conduct propagation for its own internal needs. "and therefore will move to cultivate cannabis flowering plants due to the superior economics," said…

New Zealand passes medical marijuana bill

New Zealand’s government has passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time, after years of campaigning by chronically ill New Zealanders who say the drug is the only thing that eases their pain. The legislation will also allow terminally ill patients to begin…

Altria invests 1.8 billion USD in Cronos

Cronos Group has entered into a subscription agreement with Altria, pursuant to which Altria has agreed to make an approximately C$2.4 billion equity investment in Cronos Group on a private placement basis in exchange for common shares in the capital of the company. “Altria is the ideal partner for Cronos Group, providing…

CAN (ON): Suntech says no to cannabis

Cannabis producers in Ontario are looking to gobble up greenhouse space including one in Ottawa. But the owner of Suntech Greenhouses has so far said no thanks. Suntech Greenhouses has a massive operation growing tomatoes and other vegetables in Manotick on Doyle Road. For 20 years, the greenhouse has been Bob Mitchell's…

60,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

US (NV): Development starts at 1,000-acre cannabis farm

CROP is beginning Phase 1 development covering 1,729,000 square feet (40 acres) of outdoor cannabis and 60,000 square feet of greenhouse at its 1,000-acre cannabis farm in Nevada. It will be protected by an eight-foot-high block wall topped with razor wire and an interior chain link razor wire fence with a guard tower and…

CAN (BC): Village Farms expands licensed cannabis production area to 687,000 sq.ft.

Village Farms' 50%-owned joint venture for cannabis production, Pure Sunfarms, received from Health Canada the fifth amendment to its cultivation license for its 1.1 million square foot greenhouse in Delta, BC. This amendment permits Pure Sunfarms to expand its cannabis production area by approximately…

Hemp: A new crop for you?

Horticulture has seen many trends over the decades, some small and some large. As states come on board with programs allowing cannabis production, the impact to horticulture is incredible, affecting growers and suppliers in many ways. Many traditional horticultural growers see these changes and welcome the opportunity to be a…

Canadian cannabis company enters Asia-Pacific market with Australian acquisition

Wayland Group is expanding into Australia, through entering into an agreement to acquire 50.1% of Tropicann, a newly formed, privately owned Australian company located in…

"California cannabis lab director caught faking pesticide tests"

As the California cannabis industry prepared for a rigorous, state-mandated testing regime that took effect on July 1, the laboratory director at Sequoia Analytical Labs in Sacramento allegedly went rogue. According to officials with Sequoia and California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), Sequoia’s lab director—unbeknownst to…

MYM announces $25,000,000 CDN equity investment

MYM Nutraceuticals has signed a term sheet for a $25 million equity investment by Alumina Partners, a New York based private equity firm that has made substantial investments…

Aphria share price plummets

Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. is investigating potential claims against Aphria. The investigation concerns whether Aphria has violated the federal securities laws and/or engaged in other unlawful business practices. On December 3, 2018, Hindenburg Research released a report titled, “Aphria: A Shell Game with a Cannabis Business on the…

South Africa: Cannabis trade not yet legalized, but cultivation is booming

Next week, The Cannabis Expo will open in Menlyn, Pretoria, for three days of "industry, health, and agriculture" exhibits. Early ticket sales, at R150 a pop, point to a visitor attendance of around 20,000 people, organiser Silas Howarth told Business Insider South Africa, double what exhibitors had been promised. And…

High time to heighten the greenhouse

Cannabis cultivation benefits from a high greenhouse. Vincent van den Dool of Dool International knows what he's talking about. Increasing the height of greenhouses is his bread and butter. "By increasing the height of the greenhouse, the climate can be controlled better. Because the volume above the…

The importance of Daily Light Integral (DLI) for indoor cannabis cultivation

Daily light integral (DLI), represents the number of photosynthetically active photons that are delivered to a given space over the course of a day. Considering not all wavelengths of light can be utilized by plants, it’s important to distinguish between PAR light and visible light. PAR stands for…


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