Nick Hofmeister: Avoiding looming cannabis supply-chain challenges in Canada

There’s a pioneer-like enthusiasm around the fast-approaching recreational legalization of marijuana in Canada, and with good reason. The now-legal cannabis business has quickly become a billion-dollar industry in places like Colorado, which recorded US$1.09 billion in adult-use sales in 2017, and California, which showed revenues of $339 million during its first two months of legalization.

Cannabis will be legal federally and across all provinces, giving the Canadian market more freedoms and fewer nuances than its southern neighbour, and providing huge advantages for rapid growth. As cultivators look to scale production to meet increased demand, the stakes get even higher to ensure consistency in quality and vigour of their crops.

The harm that pests and diseases pose to the health and wellness of crops is considerable. Nothing diminishes profits like a crop-devouring disease. Marijuana and hemp are highly susceptible to threats by insect, fungal and bacterial pathogens. This threat causes growers to use

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