Whether it's legal (think California, Colorado and a few other states) or illegal (think most other states) marijuana is a huge business with massive demand.
And that means plants. Lots and lots and lots and lots of plants...whether they're technically legal or not.
Colbin, Chile, is home to the largest legal marijuana field in Latin America. Opened in 2016, the farm, run by the Daya Foundation, is expecting its first harvest to bring in 1.5 metric tons of marijuana.
Daya Foundation President Ana Maria Gazmuri has said the farm has nearly 7,000 plants. And although the production, sale and distribution of cannabis is illegal in Chile, authorities have allowed patients to use pot for certain chronic conditions.
Park Lane Farms, based in Ontario, Canada, operates a 350,000-square-foot, legal medicinal marijuana greenhouse. Park Lane Farms' sister company, Tweed Inc., sells the weed online, direct to consumers. Of course, Snoop Dogg (pictured at left) is a fan.
Northern California's Emerald Triangle, widely known as the largest marijuana-producing region in the nation, is home to Ganja Ma Gardens. Run by the "Cannabis Couple" Swami Chaitanya and Nikki Lastreto, this 190-acre farm has "99 plants, in a variety of 19 strains," per a Dope Magazine interview.
Americann, based in Colorado, plans to open the country's largest marijuana grow facility in 2017. Breaking ground in Freetown, Massachussets in March, the canna-business park is expected to be 1 million square feet, including energy-efficient greenhouses for cultivation and plant-processing spaces on a 53-acre tract.
Based in eastern Washington, the Buddy Boy Farm has been cultivating cannabis for 40 years. The 30,000-square-foot farm run by Steve Walser and his wife, Margaret Ann, produces more than 100 varieties.
The Kent-based GW Pharmaceuticals has two greenhouses holding 30,000 marijuana plants. Since it opened in 1998, GW has produced more than two million plants. The cannabis is used for research on a medicinal drug, Sativex, that helps those suffering from multiple sclerosis.
In 2016, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department seized nearly 2,700 marijuana plants being grown in a Compton, California warehouse. According to a sheriff's spokesman, the cannabis had a street value of $6.1 million.
Published:Caption:Lance CartelliPhoto:Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
3.3 tons of marijuana seized, Indonesia
In 2015, Palmerah police in Indonesia seized 3.3 tons of marijuana in Tangerang. But what the police did with the confiscated drugs might have you giggling uncontrollably.
Back in 2011, the Mexican army uncovered what they called, at the time, the largest marijuana plantation in the nation. The Baja California farm, spanning 300 acres, is roughly 168 times larger than the soccer field in Mexico City's famous Azteca Stadium. The seized marijuana was valued at $153 million.
Pueblo County, dubbed by locals as the "The Silicon Valley of Marijuana," is home to a number of cannabis collectives, including Los Suenos Farms. The farm has 36 acres of outdoor marijuana plants and a 34,000-square-foot warehouse for growing the state-legalized drug.
GFarmaLabs will build Southern California's first marijuana cultivation farm in Desert Hot Springs in 2017. The 100,000-square-foot compound will have three greenhouses, a packing facility, and a guard house. Desert Hot Springs officials believe the farm could bring in an estimated $800,000 in tax revenue.
Pictured is a Northern California GFarmaLabs operation.
According to the Patrick County Sheriff's Office, Virginia's biggest outdoor marijuana farm was discovered in 2015. The sheriff's seized 30,255 marijuana plants found in 35 different grow areas. The cannabis had a street value between $30 million and $105 million.
In Alberta, Canada, Aurora Cannabis Inc. is building an 800,000-square-foot warehouse expected to produce 100,000 kilograms of legal marijuana per year. The Leduc County facility is expected to open in October.