The New Marijuana Service Industry
From "cannabis college" to pot crop insurance, ganja spinoff companies are growing fast.
California's "green rush" has inspired a slew of above-ground businesses that cater to marijuana growers. Here's where budding hempreneurs can...
LEARN HOW TO GROW. With campuses in Oakland and L.A., Oaksterdam University ("America's first cannabis college") teaches everything from Horticulture 101 to Patient Relations (formerly called "Budtending").
SET UP A GROW HOUSE. Good Green Builders, "the first licensed, commercial grow room contractor in the Bay Area," assures clients that "the whole process will be completed with the utmost discretion." If your indoor harvest fails to thrive, get advice from pros like Green Thumb Consulting and See Your Green.
STAY VIGILANT. Monitor your grow with temperature sensors and motion detectors sold by Ecoview Systems; in the event of a fire or a break-in, you'll get an email alert.
MAINTAIN QUALITY CONTROL. Labs like Oakland's CW Analytical Laboratories will sample your product for harmful biological or chemical agents. And while the USDA won't go there, Clean Green will certify your crop as organic.
FOLLOW THE SHOP TALK. Check out Rosebud, "your one source for everything hydroponics from wickedly effective growing info to the lifestyle and freedom that surrounds it," a glossy dedicated to indoor "crop" cultivation. If you want a magazine that's not afraid to mention pot, there's West Coast Cannabis.