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State-by-State Cannabis Legalization in 2023: A Comprehensive Overview

Introduction: In the dynamic year of 2023, the American cannabis legalization landscape experienced a significant rebuild as state legislators embraced many, rather-large changes. Responding to the ever-loud voice of the public, lawmakers across numerous states embarked on multifaceted reforms that transcended mere legalization. These comprehensive shifts encompassed a spectrum of initiatives, from the groundbreaking strides...

Agriculture Drones: A New Frontier in Farming Efficiency and Productivity

Introduction The seamless integration of cutting-edge technology into agriculture has birthed a groundbreaking tool, agriculture drones. Initially met with skepticism, these aerial marvels have undergone rigorous scrutiny. But after testing these are emerging triumphant as it underscores their pivotal role in revolutionizing agricultural practices. No longer just airborne gadgets, these drones have swiftly transformed into...

Black Market Cannabis vs. Legal Cannabis: A Persistent Battle on Two Fronts

Introduction The campaign to legalize cannabis in various U.S. states was driven promises of an end to the “War on Marijuana”. An opportunity to redirect taxpayer dollars toward community healing, and undermine the illegal cannabis market. However, reality does not always align with the vision. While legalizing cannabis usurping the illegal market made sense on...

Critical Considerations To Make Before You Start An Indoor Vertical Farm

Vertical farming has garnered significant attention in recent years as a potential solution to the pressing challenges of traditional outdoor farming. So, what is exactly is vertical farming? Vertical farming is a method of cultivating crops in stacked layers or vertically inclined surfaces, indoors, in controlled environments, using artificial light and precise environmental controls. This...

Cannabis May Move from Schedule I to Schedule III – How Reclassification May Impact the Industry

In a monumental step forward, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has put forth a recommendation for the rescheduling of cannabis, moving it from the restrictive Schedule I category to the more accessible Schedule III category. This recommendation, which comes almost a year after President Biden requested the evaluation, has the potential to...

New York’s Cannabis Legalization Rollout Faces Setbacks and Delays

What’s Happening with New York’s Cannabis License Rollout? New York State’s journey to establish a thriving Cannabis industry since its legalization two and a half years ago has been fraught with challenges and delays. Initially envisioning over 150 licensed dispensaries, the state currently has only 23 retail locations. A recent court order further complicated the...

Propagation Bench – Albion Strawberry

FreshAF cofounder, Jonah Helmer, Researcher in the Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Group, shows off the root growth of day neutral ‘Albion’ strawberry runners after seven days in the Deep Water Culture (DWC) root propagation stage. The strawberry runners are still attached to living mother plants, which are irrigated daily with Jack’s 21-5-20 General Hydroponics...