Farmers Turning Vineyards into Cannabis Grows
In Oregon and California, farmers growing grapes are starting to grow cannabis as well. Since they have similar growing requirements, similar seasons, require irrigation and land that is ready to grow, the transition isn’t that hard.
Oregon has already legalized marijuana sales and consumption, and Californians will enjoy legalization of recreational cannabis next year. So many farmers are planning ahead to get a jump on the latest trend in agriculture.
Farmers will have to compete with indoor grows and many will opt for more secure grow ops in greenhouses. Success will depend upon how the marketplace develops. California is encouraging small to medium sized startups, rather than enormous industrial growing, so hopefully this will level the playing field.
Of course the Federal government is still a wild card, as businesses still have a tough time dealing with banks and other regulations that discriminate against cannabis businesses.