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Costa Rica Sees Growth in Hydroponic Marijuana Production

Costa Rica has seen an increase in cannabis growing operations that use more sophisticated cultivation methods, a possible result of increased demand fueled by foreign visitors looking for higher-quality marijuana.

According to a report by La Nación, in the last 13 years Costa Rican authorities have dismantled 41 laboratories where marijuana was being cultivated with hydroponics.

In contrast to that grown outdoors, hydroponic marijuana is cultivated in a controlled environment, resulting in greater yields and enhanced capability to manipulate the concentration of psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The result is a more potent strain of marijuana which Costa RicaSecurity Minister Gustavo Mata said has even displaced Jamaican marijuana from the local market. 

This demand for better quality marijuana, and the profits on offer -- Jamaican marijuana might cost $50 per ounce whereas the hydroponic variety can fetch over $400 -- have incentivized marijuana producers in ...

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