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How One Cannabis Cultivator Eliminated The Skunk Smell

It's hard enough to hide the "bouquet" of a joint, but acres of cannabis plants? Good old Febreze doesn't cut it. Here's what does.

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This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Carpinteria, Calif., once blossomed with chrysanthemums, lilies, and hydrangea, but the market for American-grown cut flowers started to wither under the spell of cheaper imports.

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Then, when marijuana was legalized in California, the area found a new cash crop. The same climate that flowers thrive in turns out to be ideal for cannabis cultivation. According to data compiled by the Associated Press, since 2016 the state has granted 800 licenses in Santa Barbara County alone, many of them in Carpinteria. One of the farms to pivot was B and H Flowers, owned by a family originally from Holland who'd been growing tulips for more than 100 years. In late 2015 those farmers, whose last name is Brand, switched to cannabis and -- partnering with B and H's CFO, Autumn Shelton -- called the new operation Autumn Brands. It launched last year.

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