More than half of states have now declared weed legal, either for medical or recreational use. Seven states plus the District of Columbia have now legalized recreational cannabis, and 21 others allow it to be taken as medicine.
But there is one thing this industry is lacking big time and that is tech innovation. Introducing LEAF.
LEAF, a smart, self-contained, single-purpose grow-chamber that enables anyone to grow cannabis (or food and herbs) in their own home. The modern-futuristic machin, designed to be the size of a small fridge, launches today with an asking price of close to $3,000 (pre-orders being accepted with a $300 deposit). The price tag fits the sophisticated nature of this “plug-n-plant” system: LEAF has smart-phone-operated humidity and temperature controls, automatic nutrient dosing, and a smell-dampening carbon filter. It also offers a drying mode to turn fresh leaves into something … a little more useful.
LEAF, which announced it had raised a $2 million seed round ahead of a new product launch, was founded in April of last year by Yoni Ofir, an Israeli military veteran who uses medical marijuana to treat his anxiety. He started growing his own pot to be assured the stuff he was using was free from chemicals and pesticides, but found he could really use some automated help with the cultivation.
“Growing cannabis yourself is not easy—it’s very time-consuming and requires a lot of knowledge and daily upkeep,” he says. “As I learned more about growing, I came up with the idea to automate it with smart home technology.”