“We can quadruple our capacity,” Cohen says during a tour of the facility. “We are ready to go as soon as we think the market can absorb more product. Plus we have another couple of acres of land out back.”
As Cohen says, contemporary cannabis cultivation is a bit more complicated than simply throwing a seed in a ground. At the Taneytown facility, where specially measured nutrients are mixed with water in 5,000-gallon tanks and pumped throughout the building to feed and irrigate hundreds of plants, it’s downright industrial.
Here is how it works:
Grassroots Cannabis will eventually grow about 100 different strains of cannabis, each with its own characteristics, in Taneytown. To maintain those characteristics, Cohen says, each new cannabis plant begins its life as a clone, a cutting taken from a “mother plant,” a large exemplar of the strain kept for just that purpose.
Those little cuttings stay in the genetics