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Schwazze completes $72.3 million acquisition of 13 Colorado cannabis stores

Schwazze, a Denver-based vertically integrated cannabis operator, said it has acquired the five remaining Star Buds retail outlets in Colorado for $72.3 million, including $27.5 million in cash. With the acquisition, Schwazze, formerly Medicine Man Technologies, now owns and...

Marijuana cultivators should rethink how they measure water use, new report says

As demand for water increases and the supply remains limited, marijuana cultivators might need to change the way they think about and measure their use of this precious resource, according to a new report compiled by three organizations. Early...

Planning, genetics, pot size, timing and ground transfer key to successful outdoor cannabis

Outdoor cannabis cultivators have little to no room for error. “We get one shot,” said Michael Johnson, chief operating officer of Siskiyou Sungrown in Oregon. “We plant in the late spring and harvest in the fall. “It’s a little bit...

Hemp, marijuana growers provide strategies for success in producing field-grown cannabis

We’ve all heard the idiom, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” But the sentiment is especially true for the spring outdoor planting season. Whether producing industrial hemp or outdoor-grown marijuana, growers can take steps to prepare themselves—and their...

Cannabis companies use experimentation, contract labor and technology to plant efficiently

Planting is among the most labor-intensive parts of the cannabis growing process—and arguably one of the most crucial to get right. While larger, commercial agriculture operations including those in hemp can use traditional equipment such as tractors and row...

Indoor marijuana grower keeps strict schedule to maximize output, avoid bottlenecks

Perhaps the most important tool that Chris Ball, owner of Ball Family Farms in Los Angeles, has in his cultivation toolshed is database software Microsoft Excel. “Our best friend is that computer program,” said Ball, explaining that he depends...

Dialing in flower cultivation is at the center of booming marijuana business

Innovation in the cannabis industry is accelerating, with creative entrepreneurs developing emulsions, fast-acting formulas and other delivery enhancements for an ever-expanding universe of products. All this is happening while pharmaceutical chemists are preparing cannabis-based medicines for U.S. Food and...

Ascend Wellness acquires most of MedMen’s NY cannabis operation for $63 million

Massachusetts-based Ascend Wellness Holdings is acquiring an 86.7% interest in financially strapped MedMen Enterprise’s cannabis operation in New York for $63 million, according to a definitive agreement announced Friday. Multistate operator Ascend Wellness Holdings (AWH) has an option to...

Marijuana trimming machine maker sues Border Patrol for impeding parts

(A version of this story first appeared at Hemp Industry Daily.) A company that produces agricultural equipment for marijuana and hemp businesses filed a lawsuit in Seattle charging the U.S. Customs and Border Protection with wrongly blocking imports from Canada...

Two Missouri medical cannabis applicants win permits after court battle

A pair of medical cannabis license applicants in Missouri will be able to do business in the state after winning a protracted court battle. The Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission awarded Heya Kirksville and Heya Excello medical cannabis cultivation licenses...
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