MJBizMag March 2021 - 8

FromtheEditor | Kate Lavin
Set the Stage
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Plan ahead today to enjoy an efficient, unrushed growing season in the months to come
arch is the sweet spot for farmers of sun-grown
cannabis. The growing season has started, but
we've not yet reached the labor-intensive days
of plant transfer, training, harvesting and trimming.
What better time to check in with experienced marijuana
growers and get their tips for making the growing season as
fruitful and efficient as possible?
For this issue, we spoke with a variety of cannabis
cultivators about everything from how to choose the
perfect outdoor growing site to pairing genetics with
climate, applying mainstream farming technology to a
marijuana grow and more.
Outdoor growers aren't the only cultivators who will
benefit from Marijuana Business Magazine this month.
Chris Ball, owner of Ball Family Farms in Los Angeles,
shares why he employs someone to oversee the
growing schedule at his 20,000-square-foot cultivation
facility-from when to clip mother plants to scheduling
maintenance and how many hours of light each of the
strains requires per week.
Staff writers Laura Drotleff, Bart Schaneman and Omar
Sacirbey all pitched in on " From the Roots Up, " our cover
story starting on page 40. They created a comprehensive
package that can serve as a cannabis grower's to-do list for
planting season each year-whether that begins once in the
spring under a blue sky or once a week under LED lights.
Off the Farm
Also in this issue, staff writer John Schroyer checked
in with Congressional marijuana booster and U.S. Rep.
Earl Blumenauer of Oregon about whether the industry's
optimism for legalization is warranted now that Democrats
control the executive and legislative branches of the
U.S. government.
Additionally, Ivan Moreno wrote about legislation
sneaked into the U.S. budget that has broad implications
for producers of vaping hardware. It's a must-read if
your company is involved in the production or sale of
vape products.
New York-based business reporter Adrian D. Garcia
spoke with marijuana companies that have started their
own social equity programs to discover how other firms can
follow in their footsteps. Among his findings: Companies
with capital reserves can make tax-emempt contributions
or use their knowledge of the cannabis licensing process to
help social equity applicants win licenses of their own.
Amber Senter, CEO of Breeze Distro and co-founder of
Supernova Women, recommended partnering with existing
nonprofit groups to learn where financial assistance and
mentorship would be the most useful before diving into a
project. Poll your network to find these groups in your area
and consider asking employees what initiatives they would
like to participate in.
No matter where your business fits into the industry,
we hope you are faring well one year into this COVID-19
pandemic and that the season ahead is safe and profitable.
Kate Lavin
Marijuana Business
Magazine Editor
This month's cover package
can serve as a cannabis grower's to-do
list for planting season each year.
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