The FDA has found a genetic match to the E Coli strain they were investigating and found that it was present in Chicago Indoor Garden products containing red clover sprouts. The products with the “best buy” dates of 12/1/19 to 3/12/20 may be affected by E Coli. You should return them or throw them away instead of using them. Chicago Indoor Garden says that they believe the seeds were the cause of the E Coli and is now growing seeds from a different supplier.

Key Takeaways:

  • E Coli was found in Chicago Indoor Garden products specifically ones containing red clover sprouts. 
  • Products with the “best by” dates of 12/1/19 to 3/12/20 may be affected and should be discarded or returned from which they were bought for a refund.
  • The company says that they believe that the seeds they used are the culprit and are growing their produce from different suppliers.

Quote: “If you have purchased any of these products with those best by dates and in those package sizes, don’t eat them. Throw them away in a sealed container in a secure garbage can, or take them back to the place of purchase for a full refund. The company has held the are material that may be contaminated, and is growing their sprouts with seed from a different supplier.” (Larsen, 2020)

Link to article:
foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2020/chicago-indoor-garden-red-clover-sprouts-recalled-for-e-coli-o103/

The City of Medford has had concerns over the growing of hemp in its city. The City Council has heard these complaints and is mulling over making hemp illegal to grow in the city. The code already states that growing marijuana is illegal within city limits. The article gets a little unclear as it states there is indoor cannabis grows in the city. It states there are no indoor grows of hemp in the city.

Key Takeaways:

  • Medford City Council is looking at code changes that would make growing hemp in the city limits illegal.
  • It already has a code that says that growing marijuana in city limits is illegal.
  • The concern seems to stem from the strong odor emitted by the flower according to the article.

Quote: “The city doesn’t have any language in its ordinance that restricts hemp production or processing, though the city passed a number of ordinances from 2015 to 2018 related to marijuana, with councilors expressing concern about the impact on neighbors, particularly because of the flower’s strong odor.” (Mann, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.journal-news.com/business/inside-the-change-how-hamilton-acres-works-the-front-lines-farming-tech/s7mXWc1IzHelM3g3jFWrQN/

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Scotts Miracle-Gro experienced a great increase in sales. However, COVID-19 has also affected the business and taken away some of the growth. It has, however, managed to regain some of that momentum by garnering a 1.6% rise as of March 12, 2020.

Key Takeaways:

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro segment, Hawthorne Gardening Company, focuses on indoor growing operations and also experienced a 41% increase in sales.
  • COVID-19 accounts for some of the downturn as it became apparent that the virus would take root and affect many industries.
  • Scotts Miracle-Gro has experienced somewhat of a rebound with a 1.6% gain as of March 12, 2020.

Quote: “There are certainly companies that are going to take a significant hit — at least in the near term — from the coronavirus outbreak, but Scotts is arguably not one of them.” (Samaha, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/03/12/why-scotts-miracle-gro-fell-136-in-february.aspx

InFarm managed to raise $100 million and has parlayed that money into partnerships with Kroger, Irma, and M&S. They are slated to bring their indoor farms to Sobeys, Thrifty Foods, and Safeway Canada. They hope to provide a way for consumers to get their fresh produce faster than if it was shipped from a farm.

Key Takeaways:

  • InFarm raised $100 million and has deals in place with Kroger in the USA, Irma in Denmark, and M&S in the UK.
  • The indoor farms will begin appearing in Empire related stores this spring.
  • The stores include the following places: Sobeys, Thrifty Foods, and Safeway Canada.

Quote: “InFarm will launch a range of herbs at two Safeway stores in Vancouver this spring, according to the press release, and Empire will also put farms in stores across seven Canadian cities.” (Marston, 2020)

Link to article: 
https://thespoon.tech/infarms-high-tech-vertical-farms-head-to-canadian-grocery-stores/

Forbes recently ran a piece for International Women’s Day on eight women who it believes are leaders in the field of cannabis. The people were picked because they created something out of nothing. They range from CEOs to people trying to teach people how to build successful cannabis businesses with a program partnered with Oaksterdam University and Hood Incubator.

Key Takeaways:

  • Forbes recently ran a piece on 8 women who are leaders in the cannabis industry.
  • The list included: Julia Jacobson of Aster Farms, Liz Jackson-Simpson and Angela White of Success Centers SF, Chrissy Hadar of Oregrown Industries, Marie Montarquet of MD Farms, Shelby Hartman and Madison Margolin of DoubleBlind, Sally Nichols of GirlVentures and Bloom Farm Distribution/Bloom Farms CBD.
  • The author says they were selected because they created something out of nothing.

Quote: “In honor of this day, even if I am a day late, I’m lucky to be able to share the enthusiasm and verve of the following women in cannabis who have faced adversity during their climb to success.” (Bobrow, 2020)

Link to article:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/warrenbobrow/2020/03/09/international-womens-day-celebrate-eight-female-leaders-in-cannabis-2020/#4daa7f5332b1

New Mexico, despite its smaller size, ranks highly in several areas in the US for the marijuana industry. It also has the 9th highest revenue generated from taxes on marijuana according to the article. The article is quick to state that only cities with at least 50,000 people were part of the survey. Therefore, the numbers could be skewed for smaller cities. 

Key Takeaways:

  • New Mexico is the seventh of the states with the most dispensaries per capita.
  • The ratio is 5.2 dispensaries per 100,000 people.
  • Santa Fe is in the 5% of US Cities with dispensaries per capita. It has 5.9 shops per 50,000 people.

Quote: “Just three other New Mexico cities met the population threshold. Albuquerque was measured at 3.3 dispensaries per 50,000 residents. Rio Rancho and Las Cruces came in at 2.3 and 2.4, respectively.”(Last, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1428613/nm-ranks-high-in-new-cannabis-study-ex-state-is-7-in-dispensaries-per-capita-and-9-in-tax-revenues-from-pot-sales.html

The argument is over the topic of whether or not hydroponic growers should be allowed to use the term, “organic”. Soil growers say that the ruling by the US Department of Agriculture has weakened the label “organic”. Soil-based farmers say that the term, “organic” also means that methods should be used that improve the fertility of the soil which hydroponics does not do. They contend that the ruling by the USDA was illegal based on that fact. The article also mentions that the movement may be spurred on, in part, by the fact that farmers growing in the soil are having a hard time competing with hydroponically grown products because of the lower prices they can charge while maintaining the label of “organic”.

Key Takeaways:

  • The USDA is being sued over the use of the term “organic”.
  • Soil-based growers believe that the USDA violated the law when it allowed hydroponic growers to use the label.
  • Soil-based farmers say that there is confusion in the marketplace because customers cannot tell which products nurture the soil via growing methods and which are hydroponically grown.

Quote: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture was sued March 2 in a civil action brought by organic interests that use soil to grow their crops. They claim the USDA decision allowing hydroponics to be sold under the organic label puts dirt growers at a disadvantage.” (Flynn, 2020)

Link to article:
www.foodsafetynews.com/2020/03/organic-growers-say-it-is-in-their-economic-interest-to-stay-grounded-in-soil/

An official from the Ohio Department of Agriculture warns new and experienced farmers that growing hemp could be a mistake if they are not prepared for the realities of growing the crop. James Belt, an ODA hemp inspection manager, ran down the points that make it difficult to grow hemp successfully. The points were numerous and included THC levels being too high because a selection of seeds was not properly vetted before growing them, harvest time differences between inspection and the window to harvest can cause too much THC to be produced, also that hemp needs to be moved often as to not develop mold, amongst other issues in the article.

Key Takeaways:

Hemp can be extremely difficult to cultivate as it needs to be moved often so it does not produce mold.
Farmers are required to report their harvest time 14-15 days before they intend to do so. If the grower harvests 14-15 days after the sample is taken then the crop will exceed the allotted .3% THC content rule according to the article.
The article also mentions that farmers have to be extremely careful of who they buy seeds from to make sure that they are not buying plants that produce high levels of THC.

Quote: “Belt believes it would be very risky for an inexperienced producer to attempt to grow the crop. He said he did not want to deter anyone from growing hemp but rather make sure potential cultivators know what they’re facing.” (Gartrell, 2020)

Link to article:
https://www.dailystandard.com/archive/2020-03-06/stories/39997/official-hemp-growers-face-obstacles

Canopy Growth Corporation was forced to announce cost-cutting measures in order to reach profitability. The company will release 500 jobs and close two facilities. It is another one of the publicly traded growing companies to do so. The market has been down because supply has out-paced demand also dispensaries have not opened as quickly as most thought they would.

Key Takeaways:
The cannabis industry in Canada and in the US continues to reel as another one of the publicly traded firms announced cost-cutting measures.
Canopy Growth Corporation announced the closing of two facilities and that they would cut 500 jobs.
CEO, David Klein, said that the move was to help focus on, “aligning resources to the needs of our consumers.”

Quote: “After the market closed Wednesday, Canada’s Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE: CGC), the world’s largest cannabis company by market cap, announced plans to shutter two cultivation facilities and cut 500 jobs. ” (Furnari, 2020)

Link to article:
https://thcnet.com/news/canopy-growth-to-shutter-2-indoor-growing-facilities-cut-500-jobs

A truth of the industry that you have realized already, just by searching for this product, is that there is a lot of vertical cannabis shelving. The difference in the products is who the product is made for and, by extension, should be using it. A lot of the products, or most of them, are meant for beginner growers. They are meant for people who just realized they want to try to grow a product and want to take the plunge. It is also made up of people who live in places where it just became legal to grow cannabis as a product. There are very few of these shelving units that are scalable for future endeavors. If you have the green thumb for growing and the knack for making a profitable living off the business then you might want to avoid these products.

“A truth of the industry that you have realized already, just by searching for this product, is that there is a lot of vertical cannabis shelving. The difference in the products is who the product is made for and, by extension, should be using it.”

More of this truth is that you see more or less of the scalable vertical cannabis shelving units depending on whether you search for shelving or racking. If you search for shelving then you are going to see more consumer-level products. If you are searching for racking then you are going to see more of the scalable vertical cannabis growing products. Of course, there is a difference in price because of the capacity difference between the two types of products. A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.

You may be thinking that another difference is the mobility of the shelving or racks. You are only partly right. The fact is that most of the pallet racking, or industrial cannabis racking in your business, can have wheels installed on them even though they hold up to 2500 lbs per level. They can be just as mobile as the consumer versions which is a good thing if you have a large grow operation or you like to save time. If you like the idea of spinning the product so you can work on the other side of the rack or shelf then making your racking mobile is a good idea.

“A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.”

Another thing to consider is the legality of the rack. If you have industrial level racking in your business then it needs to conform to the standards set forth by your local government. If you live in an area with any type of seismic activity at all then you probably have seismic calculations guidelines you have to adhere to and show for your rack or shelving unit. If this is all new to you then you probably want to deal with a company that has dealt with this before and can help you get what you need in your business. You can have your racks or shelving units and have them be legal from the moment you open instead of waiting for someone to come and inspect your place of business and possibly shut you down.

The real question, as you can see, is how big of an operation you want or can sustain. If you are just a beginner then there is no shame in getting a smaller system until you prove to yourself that you have the chops to make it in this business. The cannabis business is a tough business and most businesses fail. In fact, they fail even though they may have backing money in large amounts. If you do find that you have the acumen and your business will stand the test of time then considering a vertical cannabis shelving unit, that can grow product on an industrial level, is a good thing.

If you are ready to get vertical cannabis shelving in your business then make sure that you are dealing with a reputable company that can handle the permitting process. If you need that in your business then give us a call at 503-714-3917. You can also take a look at this vertical grow rack or mobile grow rack by clicking the links. If you need a consumer-level product then look at this grow light shelving unit.