Hemp cultivation by SoCal Hemp on Cadiz Inc.’s Mojave Desert land.

Long Beach-based cannabis company Glass House Group had been looking for a place to grow cannabis without the residential opposition it has periodically encountered with its major cultivation operation near Carpinteria.

And 18 months ago, it found that location: in the middle of the Mojave Desert, miles from civilization. The land is owned by downtown-based water infrastructure developer Cadiz Inc. and sits atop an aquifer.


Glass House and Cadiz formed a joint venture in late 2019 to grow hemp on the property, with an eye toward turning the hemp into an…



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