California: S.F.'s First Boutique Style Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens


Harvest, which is calling itself "San Francisco’s first boutique-style cannabis dispensary and private member lounge," opened in January, and according to its owners, the shop "offers a new style of shopping experience for those who are seeking a wide variety of high quality, chemical-free, tested medical cannabis products."

Harvest, which is located on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond District, offers, according to management, "expertly curated artisanal products sourced from California’s craft cannabis artisans."

The retail store and members-only lounge interiors "were imagined by top designers from San Francisco and Chicago, reflecting a completely innovative approach to cannabis merchandising and consumption," we learn from a Wednesday press release.

"Harvest serves a growing number of San Franciscans who are seeking a retail experience that transcends the counter-culture industry reputation," the prepared release reads. "With windows open to Geary Boulevard, the bright and airy atmosphere features modern wood detail, contemporary lighting, polished concrete floors, and open shelving.

"Customers can freely interact with cannabis consultants and carefully chosen selections of cannabis flowers, concentrates, cosmetics, edibles, accessories, pet supplies and other products," the release reads.

Tennessee: Hemp Harvest Leaves Farmers Disappointed


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Bureaucratic regulations and a late start hampered hemp farmers in Tennessee this year. The underwhelming return on the first legal hemp crop in 70 years has left them reconsidering their involvement in the state's pilot hemp project.

Legal red tape delayed delivery of the seeds, and then restricted what they can do with the seeds they harvested this year, leaving both Wayne Smith and Randall Ledford feeling like they paid for Tennessee's industrial hemp experiment, reports Nathan Baker at the Johnson City Press.

Smith, after finally receiving his seeds in June, planted three pounds. He harvested 10 pounds of seeds this month, but said he'd likely have had a much bigger yield if he'd gotten the seeds in April, when crops are normally planted.

Smith paid the state $254 for the permit to grow hemp. A buyer he contacted offered 70 cents a pound for the seeds -- a total of $7.

"I'm still pretty floored," he said. "I'm going to use the harvested seed to make oil and maybe sell it as a novelty item."

Ledford said he planted all 27.5 pounds of seeds he got from the state. He harvested 42 pounds of seeds, and said he believes one of his plants, at 7.5 feet tall, was the tallest in the state.

"Everybody's so depressed," he said. "Unless something drastic happens, there's no way I'll do it again next year. There are just too many regulations, too much B.S."

Colorado: First Legal Marijuana Harvest Underway


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

About four months after planting, Colorado's first modern legal outdoor marijuana crop is reaching maturity.

Much of the legal marijuana sold in the state is grown indoors under lights, but the niche occupied by outdoor sun-grown marijuana seems secure; some consumers prefer organic, outdoor cannabis. Outdoor growers usually can only harvest one crop a year, compared to three or four harvests indoors under lights, but outdoor plants typically have a higher yield.

Each plant in Colorado, even outdoors, is tagged with an RFID chip, allowing growers and state regulators to track its path from seed to sale, reports Live Trading News. The plants are weighed after being cut down, again after being trimmed, and again when packaged for sale.

Ryan Griego owns one of the largest outdoor grows in the state, based on a 40-acre compound patrolled by guards and watched by wireless security cameras, reports Trevor Hughes of USA Today. Each three-foot, bushy plant is worth $4,000 to $6,000, depending on yield.

Griego's 12-man crew will be harvesting at least $4 million worth of marijuana, and he's just one of hundreds of licensed growers across the state. He owns two marijuana stores, operating under the Cannasseur name, selling both recreational and medical marijuana in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

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