This recent election cycle was a very big deal in terms of marijuana legalization. More than half of all U.S. states have now declared marijuana legal, either for medicinal or recreational use. 21 states allow medicinal use, and 7 states plus Washington D.C. now allow recreational usage.
This is the perfect time for a device like the one pictured above to hit the mainstream. You’re looking at LEAF, a grow chamber that automates all of the processes like temperature control and light cycling which are integral to growing marijuana. It even has a drying mode which drys plant material once fully grown so you can put it to good use.
All of the key features of the machine can be operated from a smartphone app anywhere in the world as long your grow box is connected to your WiFi network.
The grow box is the size of a small fridge and recently was made available for pre-order. What will it cost you? It’s definitely not going to be cheap to get your hands on this new marijuana tech. The asking price is $3,000 (with a $300 deposit).
The company was launched by Yoni Ofir, an Israeli military veteran who was actually profiled on Viceland’s show Weediquette as a marijuana migrant. He moved to Colorado in hopes of finding investors to back the full-scale production of his grow box idea and he succeeded in doing so.
“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.”