When Sarah Stuive first got into the natural pest control business – which uses predatory insects, or “good bugs,” to weed out pests – she never expected to be working with cannabis plants.
But thanks to Health Canada regulations that limit the use of chemical pesticides on medical marijuana in order to make sure the plants are safe for consumption, the biological control specialist says she’s seeing an uptick in business.
“I have seen a lot of growth in demand since the start of the cannabis industry,” said Stuive, who works for Global Horticultural and also provides her services to vegetable farmers and plant growers. “It’s a new alternative to chemicals.”
Although certain chemical pesticides are permitted on medical cannabis- Health Canada currently has a list of seven products that have been appro...
Near the heart of the remote Round Valley in Mendocino County, a back-to-the-land father and cannabis farmer is trying to get in on the ground floor of an industry that could skyrocket if recreational use of marijuana is legalized in California next year.
From his home office on a 20-acre pear ranch in Covelo, Joshua Artman launched what he calls a “farm-to-table” toolbox of smartphone applications designed to link small-scale marijuana farmers with patients, dispensaries and delivery services.
His free Loud Cannabis marijuana delivery app, voted “Best New Marijuana App” by CannaNews last month, links patients to delivery services in the Sacramento area, a market that has about 1,000 current users and, Artman said, was less saturated with startups than cities like San Francisco.
Recently, a CBS News report that put a spotlight on the big players entering the rarefied air of corporate cannabis. “
Delivery apps are part of a growing push by the cannabis industry to bring technology to bear on everything from growing and testing to selling and delivering their product,” CBS reported. “With marijuana legal in 23 states and big business in places like California, where sales reached $1.1 billion last year, there is no shortage of entrepreneurs and investors interested in getting in on the action.”
Rapper Snoop Dogg invested in the marijuana delivery service EAZE, while Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, put money into Leafly – “A Yelp-like app that works like a marijua...
World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic had just won the first set of his semifinal against France’s Jeremy Chardy at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada — a match he would go on to win comfortably before losing Sunday’s final against Britain’s Andy Murray — when he complained to the chair umpire that someone was smoking marijuana in the stands.
“Someone is smoking weed, I can smell it, I’m getting dizzy,” Djokovic said, according to the BBC. The 28-year-old later told reporters that it wasn’t the first time in the tournament he had detected traces of the drug’s distinct smell in the air.
“Yesterday in the doubles match, today again. Somebody’s really enjoying his life around the tennis court,” he said jokingly, referring to his doubles encounter alongside fellow Serbian Janko Tipsarevic.