EDITOR’S CHOICE — SCOTT SUTTELL
Blog Entry: April 14, 2015 11:10 AM | Author: SCOTT SUTTELL
One more reason to be in favor of marijuana legalization: It fosters innovation in the lighting industry, including at a Cleveland company called iGROW.“Each time a new state legalizes marijuana, entrepreneurs jump in to fill niches that can play a part in cannabis growth or sales there,” according to Forbes.com. “With new greenhouses and growing spaces come purchases of new grow-lights, an essential tool for a robust cannabis crop, and startup lighting companies are responding to the need with innovative products.”New companies developing alternative technologies “are gunning for lower heat output, lower cost and best light spectrum emission,” according to the story, which is written by Julie Weed. (As her bio notes, that is her real last name.)Ari Seaman, an owner of iGROW, an agricultural lighting manufacturer company that began operations in 2009, tells Forbes.com, “The right light can make a cannabis crop mature ten days faster, and that means more money for growers who can get that investment sold faster.”Forbes.com notes that iGROW agricultural light “delivers the full spectrum of colors of the sun, fine-tuned to the needs of cannabis plants.”iGROW posted sales of $500,000 in 2012. This year, the company says, it expects to sell $20 million worth of lights. iGROW’s customer base has also changed over the last three years.“Eighty percent of our first-year sales were to non-marijuana growers,” Seaman tells Forbes.com.Now more than half of all sales go to marijuana growers.
Bend, don’t break
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Youngstown is helping make politicians in Washington a little more flexible.Literally.The New York Times’ First Draft blog reports that Rep. Candice S. Miller of Michigan, the Republican chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration, has granted approval of the first Congressional Yogi Association.On May 1, members of Congress and their staffs will be able to work on their poses on the West Lawn of the Capitol.“The extremely high levels of stress Americans deal with on a daily basis is an important issue facing our country,” says Ryan, who is hosting the event and, The Times notes, already runs a weekly meditation session for his staff.According to its mission statement, the …Read More