Room to grow: Grassroots brings cannabis and jobs to Taneytown


Growing cannabis

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 room, where Cohen read off the names of different strains, until they form roots in a soil-less growing medium composed of coconut husks. At 4 inches in height, after about 10 to 14 days, they are transplanted to

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