San Francisco (CNN Business)The US cannabis industry is flush with fledgling companies and many unfamiliar brands.
In that mix, however, is a 154-year-old company that is a household name: Scotts Miracle-Gro ().
Over the past decade, the lawn and garden giant has quietly entrenched itself in the young and fast-growing industry. Its Hawthorne Gardening Company subsidiary has scooped up the biggest players in hydroponics, lighting and other supplies used for growing.
Now, Scotts is ramping up its involvement by throwing its lobbying weight behind legalization efforts, and funneling money into investments that eventually could enable the company to sell cannabis directly to consumers.
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