Written by Alexandra Posadzki for CTV News.
A startup based in Waterloo, Ont., is looking to take cannabis cultivation high-tech, but the success of the mobile app-controlled system may hinge on whether new regulations will allow Canadians to grow medical marijuana at home.
Growing your own medical marijuana can be a time-consuming endeavour, says Bjorn Dawson, the co-founder of Grobo and a recent mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo.
Patients typically spend an average of eight to 10 hours a week making sure their plants have the appropriate amount of water, nutrients and light, Dawson says. Plus there’s all that cumbersome equipment, the skunk-like smell wafting through your home and hours spent sifting through online forums trying to figure out what to do, he adds.
“Most people create these DIY systems in a large black tent and they just use timers like you would use on your Christmas lights to automate pumps, lighting, whatever,” says Dawson.
Enter Grobo, an indoor gardening system pioneered by Dawson and co-founder Chris Thiele, a fellow Waterloo engineering graduate, that promises to give patients their time back by automating the process of growing cannabis.