AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 07: A cannabis plant grows in the Amsterdam Cannabis College, a non profit charitable organisation that gives information on cannabis and hemp use on February 7, 2007 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The city council in Amsterdam has recently voted in favour of introducing a citywide ban on smoking marijuana in public areas. A successful trial ban in the De Baarsjes district of Amsterdam has been declared a success after a reduction in anti social behaviour. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
SPARKS (AP) - A state-of-the-art marijuana factory in northern Nevada's high desert is up and running after being in the works for nearly two years.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the opening of the $15 million MedMen facility east of the Reno-Sparks area marks a goal of the company to change the conversation surrounding marijuana.
MedMen CEO Adam Bierman says he hopes the factory will demonstrate how the industry has transformed and legitimized.
The 45,000-square-foot facility resembles more of a research lab than a factory as it features a greenhouse with advanced machinery and lighting.
The facility also includes an analytics lab, rooms for extracting the plants' active properties and a tissue culture lab.
The company is building similar facilities in Desert Hot Springs, California, and Utica, New York.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal