The amazing ‘croportunities’ that will be forthcoming as the legalization of Marijuana for recreational use pushes forward in Canada will be monumental. For those seeking to expand their horizons of cultivation, a path to outdoor field grown production may be worth seeking.
The latest recommendations released by the Health Canada’s Task Force – A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada – brought up quite a few interesting points surrounding the cultivation of cannabis.
One item that stands out from a Licensed Producer ‘s (LP’s) or applicant’s perspective is that outdoor field production could be a real possibility.
Could it finally be that cannabis other than industrial hemp is finally being accepted as an agricultural crop? Agricultural crops grow best in the natural environment. I have developed a passion for horticulture through my interactions with this unique plant and all the dreamed possibilities that cannabis could offer if it were to someday exist on a legal platform both medicinally and recreationally. My passion for all plants and nature led me to pursue an education in Horticulture and Environmental studies. I have been involved in the commercial Horticulture industry for over 20 years. I was head grower for Tweed Farms since their inception in 2013-2016, producing medicinal cannabis in a 350,000 ft2 glass greenhouse facility under Health Canada’s MMPR/ACMPR regulated regime.
The first thing most people compare when talking outdoor production would be the question of quality. Mainly, could cannabis produced outdoors be comparable in quality as cannabis being produced in an indoor controlled environment. It is thought to be the case for the most part in the medicinal sense.
For some recreational users, they may prefer the outdoor product being produced with mother nature providing much of the resources regarding sunlight and water; a more environmentally sustainable method of production. The truth is, when it comes to quality, outdoor grown cannabis can be as potent or possibly higher concentrations of THC and CBD can be achieved. The bud quality has all the same attributes in relation to terpene and trichrome development. The quality is determined by how much work and effort you put into perfecting your craft, the handling, trimming and curing of the finished product. The more you put in the more you get out, is usually the case with cultivation.