Marysville-based Scotts investing in Canadian cannabis research facility

Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Hawthorne subsidiary and Canadian marijuana grower Flowr are building an RD center in British Columbia.

Scotts Miracle-Gro is investing in cannabis in Canada.

The Marysville-based lawn and garden giant, which has spent more than $1 billion in the past few years on a wide variety of companies that produce items connected to the cultivation of cannabis, has broken ground on a joint venture with a Canadian company that grows marijuana. Flowr, based in British Columbia, will work with Scotts’ Hawthorne Gardening division on a research and development center.

The 50,000-square-foot facility is being funded by Scotts and will help develop and test new techniques for growing and harvesting cannabis. Hawthorne began a research partnership with Flowr in March.

“We chose work with Flowr due to their ability to grow quality, consistent plants,” Chris Hagedorn, general manager of Hawthorne, and son of Scotts CEO James Hagedorn, said in a press release.  ”Dedicated

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