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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...

USDA Approval Paves the Way for Genetically Engineered THC-Free Hemp: A Deep Dive into the Future of Hemp Cultivation

Introduction: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has greenlit a groundbreaking development in the hemp industry by approving a genetically modified hemp plant engineered to produce lower levels of THC and cannabichromene (CBC). The plant, created and submitted by Growing Together Research, an Indiana-based biotechnology firm, marks a significant step forward for American hemp...

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...

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...

CEA Strawberry Runner Propagation for Deep Water Culture

CEA Strawberry Runner Propagation for Deep Water Culture   By: Jonah Helmer, Dr. Michael B. Timmons, Dr. Neil Mattson, Cornell University   The objective of this bulletin is to describe a method to propagate strawberry plants from runners in deep water culture (DWC). Propagating strawberry plants in deep water culture will reduce grower reliance on...

Propagation Bench: Operational Tour

Quick pan over operational Deep Water Culture (DWC) Strawberry Propagation Bench in the Kenneth Post Laboratory of Cornell University. The strawberry runners are still attached to living mother plants, which are irrigated daily with Jack’s 21-5-20 General Hydroponics Fertilizer at 150ppm N. The runners are clasped in a GrowGrip and secured in a hole in...