There’s a new start-up that’s trying to make growing weed at home easier and more efficient. Their product is called LEAF, and it’s an electronic growing case that looks like a mini-fridge, as Forbes reported.
Someone who uses LEAF can change the humidity and temperature of the growing case, water it and more with their smart phone. Users can also buy nutrient cartridges separately (from the same company) for a more healthy plant that the machine can disperse when you tell it to, also using your smart phone. You can also dry your buds in the machine.
It’s not cheap, coming at a cost of around $3,000, so it may be a little too pricy for the casual weed smoker. You can easily fit two marijuana plants in the device.
“Growing cannabis yourself is not easy—it’s very time-consuming and requires a lot of knowledge and daily upkeep,” Yoni Ofir, who developed LEAF, told Forbes. “As I learned more about growing, I came up with the idea to automate it with smart home technology.”
“The biggest challenge I’ve faced with LEAF is dealing with federal regulations. Although cannabis legalization is happening (and has already happened both medicinally and recreationally in many states), there are still many issues on a federal level,” Ofir told Forbes.
“For example, the legal cannabis industry is currently worth billions of dollars, but state law-abiding businesses do not have access to bank accounts or credit card processing due to federal banking regulations. Even though we are a company that doesn’t “touch the plant” or sell the actual cannabis in any way, it took us a while to get approved for credit card processing for LEAF, which delayed us in getting units to our customers.”
“Hopefully, as time goes on and cannabis becomes more mainstream, these unnecessary regulations will disappear.”
If you’re looking for a cheaper version of this product, a device called the Grobo sells for about half the price of the LEAF.