2016 has seen some big leaps forward when it comes to marijuana reform. In particular, the legalization of recreational marijuana in 4 more states, including California, has made it so that 1/5 of the country now has a legal recreational marijuana market. On top of this, 28 states and D.C. now have legalized medical marijuana. With the onset of these new laws, growing marijuana has become legal in so many places that tech companies have been lining up to offer services which brings us to LEAF; a brand new device that connects to a smart phone and automates the process of growing marijuana.
Home Growing in the Modern World
LEAF is a Plug-N-Plant™ grow system that involves placing seeds in the sleek device, closing the door and letting the machine automate the rest. It regulates climate, lighting, water, pH balance, nutrients and more. You can also connect the device up to your home’s water and sewage system for automated watering. The entire process can be monitored with your smart phone and the device just looks like a small, sleek, attractive fridge, so it can go anywhere in your home and still look good. It grows any kind of food or cannabis with it’s easy to use, automated system.
An Easy Way of Growing Marijuana for Personal Use
The company was started in 2015 by Yoni Ofir and Eran Mardechay. Ofir became frustrated with the time, money and energy it took to grow a personal stash of medical marijuana. He created LEAF for personal use and soon was inundated with requests from family and friends for him to create devices for them. The high demand for his invention caused him to launch the company and give people a way to easily and effectively grow their own weed without pesticides or other contaminants. Ofir said, “We are thrilled to finally launch a beautiful, smart home device that allows people to grow cannabis within their own homes, easily and conveniently. With 8 states recently passing laws that allow more widespread cannabis usage, the cannabis industry is undergoing a revolution and we’re excited that LEAF is a part of it.”
Smart Growing with a Smart Phone
Another interesting aspect offered by LEAF is a built-in camera so you can watch your plant grow from you smart phone. It has carbon filters that neutralize the smell of the weed so it can grow privately, undetected. LEAF users can also personalize the grow by creating or using different recipes which can be shared between users. Basically, growing marijuana has never been this easy. Using the device can generate an average of 4 ounces of marijuana every 3 to 4 months. The LEAF unit costs $2990 and will become available for sale and shipping to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. You can pre-order a unit online with a deposit of $300.
With so many states allowing residents to grow marijuana from home, LEAF seems to be the next step in normalizing home growing. As the 6th largest economy in the world, California has great influence over other states and if the trend keeps up, LEAF may just become an ordinary household item.