As California legislators bicker and argue about regulations for the state’s impending recreational cannabis industry, the companies tasked with supplying that market are already treating marijuana like they would any other crop – as big business.
We told you a few months ago about how cut flower farms in California’s central valley were being bought up by canna-businesses, and now, according to a new report from the New York Times, those farms have already established cannabis as a normalized part of life in the nation’s agricultural capital.
“California is destined to do with cannabis what we’ve done with every other fruit and vegetable,” Steve DeAngelo, the executive director of the massive Harborside dispensary and farms, told the times. “And that’s take half of the national market.”
Harborside’s 47-acre farm in Salinas, California is just one of many proving that big agriculture and cannabis can co-exist, even in the tenuous legal grey area caused by federal prohibition and unclear state regulations.
Monterey County, which houses the Salinas Valley, has received 73 applications for cannabis farms, and out of those, 40 have already started growing…