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Growing marijuana 101: How your pot is being produced ahead of legalization

pod has become big business and

producers across Canada are getting

ready for legalization we roll it we

smoke it we vape it but do you ever

wonder how marijuana is made I'm here at

canopy Grove the world's largest medical

marijuana producer it's five hundred

thousand square foot facility in Smith

Falls Ontario used to be a Hershey's

chocolate factory now it houses hundreds

of millions of dollars worth of cannabis

products let's take a look so it all

starts in what producers call a mother

room Maude plants are grown from seeds

and they give life to hundreds of other

marijuana plants as they grow clippings

of the mom plants are dipped in a

routing solution and planted in small

soil pots it will live and like a

beautiful environment where it's always

you know 18 or 19 degrees the lights are

almost always on it's like t-shirt and

pants weather's beautiful a mom plant is

cloned more than six hundred times

before it retires once the clones are in

soil pods the leaves are trimmed to

ensure all water nutrients go directly

to the root it is then placed under a

dome and move to the clone room this is

a high humidity environment you

definitely don't want to be caught in

the humidity is roughly at 70% to

enhance root development since the roots

are very small they're not able to take

in much water without drowning so high

humidity instead of watering allows the

clone plants to slowly absorb small

drops of water the plants are then

transferred to a vegetation room where

they enjoy springtime conditions

temperatures ranging from 20 to 25

degrees in this stage producers are

focused on developing healthy foliage in

a strong structure that will be able to

support flowers more commonly known as

buds they strictly control the light

temperature carbon dioxide and nutrients

throughout the stage of growth once the

plants are large enough they're moved to

the flower room where they will

experience hot summertime conditions 12

hours of light followed by 12 hours of

darkness this is essential to allow the

plant to produce buds

and those buds are the holy grail of

this whole process it's where you'll

find CBD known for its therapeutic

effects and THC the compound known for

getting you high there are more than 700

different pot strains the plants genetic

makeup acts as its blueprint but its

environment plays a major role too and

everyone has their own preferences such

as purple cush Girl Scout cookies

pineapple express to name a few so when

people are going into a store are they

buying cannabis because they're going to

go home and they're gonna play video

games with their friends or they're

gonna go to a dinner party or a comedy

club or something like that so really

you want to be able to match the

occasion with the product itself once

the flowers or buds have matured the

plants are then harvested and sent to

the trimming room

the plants are trimmed by hand and then

placed in a machine called the twister

the name speaks for itself

it literally twists and trims away any

access leaves and stems leaving the

perfect bud once it's done the buds are

ready for drawing then we have the most

important step quality control the

marijuana is brought into a lab for

testing to make sure it is safe after

that the refine butts are ready for

packaging at this stage a group of lucky

staff members smoke Vee or ingest the

product to figure out exactly its

effects does it make you feel like

you're on a cloud does it give you a

body but this info is used for the

product description once it's legalized

it's expected there will be a big demand

for legal pot so canopy growth has three

eight-hour shifts producing 5 to 10 gram

packages or filling bottles and soft gel

tablets with oil once packaged it is

sent to the Volt it's built like Fort

Knox housing more than 15 million grams

of cannabis worth over a hundred and

fifty million dollars this vault is more

secure than most national banks it has

18 inch thick concrete walls more than

30 cameras motion sensors and floor

sensors so we're gearing up you know

recreational legalization is going to be

a total game changer for us from a

market size perspective it's gonna

you know 20 times the size that it is

right now and that means that we've got

to get growing we had to get growing

about four or five months ago to make

sure that the the shelves weren't gonna

be bare Justin Trudeau has promised a

recreational marijuana legalization

would come October 17

that means facilities such as canopy

growth are prepping for the big day

their products at just tweet or Leafs by

Snoop will be coming to a store near you

but canopy growth isn't the only

producer getting ready producers across

the country are working at full throttle

producing millions of dollars worth of

pot to meet the new demand so next time

you light up besides pondering the

meaning of life or the world's greatest

mysteries remember that your buzz is a

result of a lot of hard work

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