(Legal) Open Air Crop?!

A crop in the cannabis industry may literally be planted in open-air for the first time in Canada this spring. This week, 48North Cannabis Corp. announced their looking into Health Canada's permission to plant 40 hectares around (100 acres') in Ontario, south of Brantford, by late May or maybe early June.

According to company co-head Jeannette VanderMarel ''Cannabis is a plant that was meant to be grown outdoors.'' ''The only reason it moved indoor was because of the illegality of it.''

By growing indoor, there is a lot of expensive materials to obtain first. Heating systems, lighting arrays, a location (rent) those of some of the stuff needed to grow plant in a commercial approach. But all those have a heavy cost and damaging our beloved earth, says VanderMarel. When you think outdoor growing, it cuts the cost of a lot but buying lands are far less expansive than buying a greenhouse or buying the plants it self.

In the market, the estimation for a greenhouse space are around 1.5 million an acre, ''I just bought 100 acres for the same price'' says VanderMarel.

There is a multitude of reasons to choose outdoor growing over indoor growing but either way has their own problems as well. An indoor grow will provide multiple crops a year while outdoor can only produce once a year according to University cannabis expert Youbin Zheng.

While indoor growing can limit plants size, outdoor allows for towering cannabis jungle. Certain strains can grow all the way up to 15' feet tall and provide all the way up to 10 pounds of usable buds in one plant says VanderMarel.

With a crops this size, security may be one of the main concern. VanderMarel says the company is working on the security measure by implanting chain-link and barbed-wire fencing, patrolling security guard, cameras and the cherry on the sundae a vibration sensor around the perimeter. 

While the prohibition days, a lot of people in the south of Ontario were given licences for personal marijuana grow. And lots of them experienced breeding and came up with strains that can survive the bipolar weather in Canada.  

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