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Indoor vs. Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation: Which is Better?

Originally aired: January 18th, 2023 at 12pm CST 

Cannabis fans know that indoor cultivation produces some of the highest-quality, picture-perfect flower on the market. And when it comes to outdoor cannabis cultivation, there is a lot to be said for flower grown under the warm glow of natural sunlight. 

But both methods have their pros and cons, and for many cannabis cultivators, there isn’t a single right or wrong answer regarding which is the better fit for their operation. 

In this on-demand Rootwurks webinar, you can hear a panel of cultivation experts discuss the benefits of each method, as well as the safety, compliance, and quality issues inherent in both.

About this Webinar

According to Leafly’s 2022 Harvest Cultivation Report, cannabis is now the country’s sixth-largest cash crop, with more annual production than potatoes or rice.

Altogether, the report state that there are 13,297 indoor and outdoor cannabis farming licenses in the United States and that legal cannabis farmers produce 2,834 metric tons of cannabis flower per year, 

But how much of this is grown indoors vs. outdoors? And should more of these indoor cultivators consider growing outdoors or vice versa?

Indoor cultivation allows cultivators to exert significant control over the growing environment. They can also grow multiple harvests throughout the year, as they aren’t reliable on seasonal changes in sunlight.  

But outdoor cultivation has much lower energy costs and allows cultivators to use the sun's unrivaled solar output. 

Both methods have safety risks and compliance concerns that can be unique. In legal cannabis jurisdictions where the climate allows either form of cultivation, does one of the two stand out as a better option for growers?

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Who Can Benefit?

Without cannabis cultivation, there would be no cannabis industry or cannabis at all. The safety, compliance, and quality assurance issues that cultivators face have a major impact on the industry and the cannabis products that we all know and love. This on-demand webinar will provide valuable insight for anyone trying to understand what cannabis cultivation involves and the everyday concerns of professional cannabis farmers.

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Viewers will gain expert insight on:

  • The pros and cons of indoor and outdoor cannabis cultivation
  • What it takes to ensure safety in outdoor and indoor cannabis cultivation 
  • The environmental impact of indoor and outdoor cannabis cultivation
  • The startup and operating costs of both types of cultivation
  • The differences between cannabis flower grown indoors vs outdoors
  • What consumers should look for when purchasing cannabis

Meet Your Speakers


Wendy Kornberg - CEO and President | Sunnabis

Wendy Kornberg is a second-generation Humboldt County regenerative farmer. She grows cannabis at her family-run farm Sunnabis: Humboldt’s Full Sun Farms. She is also an international speaker on cannabis cultivation and sustainability and a member of the council of Ganjier.

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Jay Bouton - Senior Director of Cultivation | Culta 

Jay Bouton is the senior director of cultivation at Culta. Based out of Cambridge, Maryland, Culta is a vertically-integrated craft cannabis company that cultivates, extracts, processes, distributes, and retails cannabis and cannabis-related products. 

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Shawn Cooney - Co-Founder | Sustainable Cannabis Coalition

Shawn Cooney is the co-founder of the sustainable cannabis coalition and the founder of CloudFarming / Corner Stalk Farm, an urban farm in Boston. Cooney is also the vice chair of the facility design of the National Cannabis Industry Association. 

Our Webinar Partners

This event would not be possible without our partners’ insight and years of experience in the cannabis industry.

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Hosted by Rootwurks

Rootwurks is a cannabis e-learning and compliance management platform built through the know-how of some of the leading experts in food manufacturing compliance and cannabis law. The centerpiece of the company is the Rootwurks Learning Experience Platform (LXP), an online cannabis education and compliance tool that was designed to help companies meet their compliance needs and receive educational guidance to build a culture of safety in their daily operations.