Existing Greenhouse Growers Taking Big Interest In The Cannabis Market

An increasing number of growers in traditional horticultural markets are looking into the burgeoning cannabis industry and deciding whether or not they want to take part.

20.7% of North American greenhouse growers stated they are either already planning on growing cannabis or plan to investigate growing it in the next few years, according to a 2017 survey conducted by Greenhouse Grower magazine.

With the promise of legal recreational marijuana in Canada by July 2018, greenhouse growers who are already equipped with crop growing knowledge are now educating themselves on both the profit potential and the considerations that need to be made in order to compete in the ever-expanding cannabis market.

Old Mining Town Turns To Marijuana After Prison, Factory Close

COLORADO:  A developer’s plan to build hundreds of cannabis greenhouses could make this tiny southern Colorado town one of the nation’s largest producers of legal marijuana.

The town sold 330 acres of municipal land for more than $1 million to create a campus for growing, processing and distribution, with the marijuana to be trucked 160 miles north to consumers in metro Denver. Walsenburg is a former coal mining town that never recovered when the mines closed by the 1960s, and its population has dropped to fewer than 3,000 residents. In Huerfano County, which is home to Walsenburg, 20% of the population lives below poverty level.

Today, the town’s main street is filled with vacant buildings offered at cheap rent. Most people drive through the historic downtown without stopping, often headed west to Great Sand Dunes National Park or Wolf Creek Ski Area. The marijuana project envisions pumping $1 million monthly into the local economy, giving town officials funds for road and infrastructure repairs, and also offering as many as a 1,000 direct and related jobs.