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The tedious process of planting cannabis

A cannabis farm in Williams begins planting this week, and it all happens by hand.

Posted: May 29, 2019 6:28 PM
Updated: May 30, 2019 2:43 PM

WILLIAMS, Ore. — Farmers are digging; hole after hole, row after row.

This is what Siskiyou Sungrown does on its farm every year.

"The cannabis fields are limited to a maximum size of an acre each," said Cedar Grey. He is the founder and CEO of Siskiyou Sungrown.

Grey explained that cannabis still has a strict system — each acre has to have its own processing facility.

Armando, the farm manager, showed NewsWatch 12 how the farm actually splits into two, with two barns and two drying rooms for each acre.

"Then in the middle there's the fence there, so the rest of that side is another recreational license," said Armando. The farm has a total of 2 acres of cannabis. 

With such a small plot of land, machines are not used. Each row at this farm is measured by hand, then dug and planted by hand. Grey says it's one of the reasons that it's so difficult for Oregon cannabis farmers to profit.

"It's very difficult to employ the large-scale processes which allow hemp farmers and corn farmers and wheat farmers to produce at a much lower cost," said Grey. 

Now these plants will be harvested in September. They will be processed and dried on-scene, then used as raw materials for their product line.

Grey told NewsWatch 12 that if cannabis becomes federally legal, the remaining companies and farmers will have smooth sailing and an easier time making money.

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