Gardening Companies Jumping on Homegrown Cannabis Bandwagon with New Products – LPC
As growing season hits Canada this year, some gardeners are trying their hand at homegrown cannabis. One of those is a botany student at the University of Guelph, Matt Soltys. The father of two said he’s excited to grow it.
“I’m not even a big user of cannabis,” Soltys said, who also runs workshops on homegrown cannabis. “But I’m excited to have it in my garden without the stigma or the illegality.”
Soltys planted four seeds indoors in February. They’re now a half-metre high and ready to be transferred outside. “They’re pretty healthy,” he said. “They could easily get to six feet tall, six feet wide.”
Now that homegrown cannabis is legal (except for in Manitoba – where you need a medical licence – and Quebec, which opted out), many companies are at the ready to help. Alex Rea of the family-owned Homegrown Hydroponics, said many people are looking for advice on how to grow.
“Outdoor production is definitely cheaper (than indoor),” Rea said. But indoors or out, you’ll still pay much less than buying cannabis from a store. “If you’re paying around $10 a gram… at the store, you might be only paying fifty cents per gram or less for a variety you grow yourself at home.”
Even Scott’s Miracle Gro is developoing products to help the homegrown cannabis gardener.
Supply Shortage Hitting Seed Market – LPC
However, all is not rosy in the homegrown cannabis garden. The same supply chain cannabis shortages the industry has experienced seem to be affecting the seed market too. Alberta has a “very limited” supply according to the CBC (please see link below). Ontario’s online government store has one brand and costs $58 for four seeds. It is unclear if Health Canada’s recent changes to its cannabis licensing process will reduce these shortages. Both Canopy Growth and Flowr have stated they are trying to get more seeds and more varieties on the market.
CBC also reports that enforcement of the four-plant rule for homegrown cannabis will likely be loose in provinces where it’s legal. The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has stated they do not have a protocol in place for homegrown cannabis, focusing on larger illegal operations instead. VPD suggested they would investigate complaints. This may not be the case though for every law enforcement agency in the country.
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