The Hit List: What are the Differences Among Indoor, Outdoor, and Greenhouse Grown Cannabis?

If you have some experience buying cannabis from a dispensary, then you're probably familiar with the outdoor versus indoor cultivation debate. Cannabis can be grown not only outside under the sun, or inside in a highly curated environment, but also in a controlled greenhouse, where some practice the technique of "light-deprivation," to manipulate the plants' exposure to sunlight. Each cultivation methodology has its benefits and drawbacks, with concerns about sustainability, exposure to environmental inconsistencies, and more. But at the end of the day, it's all about personal preference, price point, and how much you want to buy top-shelf bud. 


I've been covering cannabis for nearly five years, and by now I'm all too accustomed to the impersonal cannabis conference at a stuffy, generic hotel or expo hall, brimming with white guys in suits, and generally lacking in the spirit of well, cannabis. (The woes of legalization, I suppose.) So it was a breath of fresh air when I walked into what felt like a giant atrium in downtown LA for a new kind of cannabis conference. Located in what's called the Valentine Grass Room in an industrial area past the hustle and bustle of the DTLA skyscrapers, Microscopes & Machines (M&M) boasted a diverse array of speakers, from doctors and lawyers to chemists and cultivators on the frontlines of the cannabis industry.

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