California cannabis company Glass House Brands announced last week that it has begun marijuana cultivation operations at its new 5.5 million square foot greenhouse in Southern California after receiving approval to open the facility from state and local regulators. The company received licenses from the California Department of Cannabis Control and Ventura County on March 11 and began cultivation operations at the massive facility the same day with the transfer of thousands of young plants from an existing site in Santa Barbara. A video shared by Glass House depicts the ceremonial transfer of the first clone to the facility by drone.
Glass House chairman and CEO Kyle Kazan says that the initial offerings from the new cultivation facility, which are expected to be ready for harvest in the third quarter of this year, include genetics representing several varietals popular with breeders and consumers.
“We’re thrilled to have delivered some of our favorite strains from some of the industry’s best breeders in our inaugural 30,000-clone delivery to the SoCal facility: First Class Funk, Jealousy x Kush Mints, Zkittlez x Kush Mints, and MAC1,” Kazan writes in an email. “As production ramps up, we’ll continue to explore new technologies and modalities of enjoying cannabis, which we believe in the long run will be the reason that the regulated marketplace outpaces the legacy market.”
Glass House is one of the fastest-growing, vertically integrated cannabis companies in the U.S., with cultivation, processing, distribution and retail operations in California, where voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2016. Late last year, the company expanded its presence into the cannabis edibles sector with the acquisition of Plus Products.
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