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Some Consider 2015 The Dark Ages When They Talk About Cannabis…

I still have my copy of a Time Magazine Special Edition called “Marijuana Goes Main Street…” The sub-headlines were “A Booming Business” & “Legalization Marches On.” I reference the edition and date for validation purposes only.

Some people in this industry today can’t even remember what they were doing in July of 2015. I’m a little different in that regard. In July 2015 I bought the Time Magazine issue in the gift shop of an airport on my way home from a small conference I attended on the topic of cannabis grow house design. I was in the process of designing my first of many commercial grow houses and thought it might be a good read on the long flight home. What was a good read at the time has been rewritten as the science and needs of this young industry has virtually exploded.

I also had no way of knowing that I was about to submit the first ever set of plans to the City of Sacramento for a commercial level grow facility. I certainly didn’t have a clue that submitting those plans would lead many people to consider me as a cannabis pioneer. While I was initially uncomfortable being called a pioneer I noticed my phone rang more than ever and the callers were people who needed my help. They got my help. Many of them went on to form very successful grow houses. I’m still doing that today. How can I help you?    

Cannabis Grow Builders have been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Cannabis Building Success Creates Demand For Your Building Services

The majority of the most motivated and serious building professionals we’ve worked with and trained to participate in the cannabis industry have a variant of the same complaint. The nature of the beast is the cannabis entrepreneur they help becomes reliant on their services and as a result they often find it difficult to schedule and take vacations! While most happily accept the new reality and not searching for work and still a few forget what life was like before working in an industry in the middle an extreme growth curve where minimal educated talent is available.

These building professionals have also learned and have come to enjoy cannabis that entrepreneurs have a desire to remain hands-off with their facilities to the greatest extent possible. Their desire to remain hands-off creates an additional stream of income for those builders willing to assume a Senior Project Management role. The role of Senior Project Manager comes with high degrees of responsibility and this becomes a lower barrier to entry after they helped to design and build the project from the beginning.

Many cannabis entrepreneurs have multiple business interests and their cultivation facility is critical to their long term strategy. These owners have become accustomed to hiring professionals with the expectation they will do their job in the most effective manner possible. Smart owners go to great lengths to retain smart help when they find it for other projects and for referrals. The profit potential in cannabis is such that owners expect they will need to pay for expertise and loyalty. If this sounds like something you’d like to get involved with let us know. We Can Help!

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

The Many Ways Legal Cannabis Is Shaping Construction In California And Nationally

Now that cannabis has become legal in many areas the impact is being felt on both construction companies and their workers. The rapid increase in building opportunities come with a steep learning curve. This has become a serious issue in California and other states and it requires, even demands that anyone involved stay up to date on current laws and the rapidly changing body of knowledge available.

The demand and requirements as they pertain to cultivation facilities since cannabis has been deemed legal in many areas means more room and more demand for educated builders. This increase in demand brings with it unique challenges. In one scenario a builder may be contracted to build a cultivation facility that requires greenhouses with both artificial and natural lighting. Any facility that calls for this will also demand an eye focused on the increased power requirements, water use, ventilation and heating demands. Most every cultivation facility builder may be requested to address security and that will require compliance with state laws along with local ordinance compliance. Cannabis Grow Builders knows that building in these spaces can be a challenge because many of these spaces are repurposed warehouses and abandoned retail spaces.

Another issue is cannabis continues to be listed as an illegal Schedule I drug by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Even though cannabis is legal in California, the federal government can seize property related to cannabis at any time. This rule applies nationally due to the fact that Federal Law supersedes state law and the fact that tax laws prohibit businesses from deducting expenses related to marijuana, which can result in exorbitant taxes and profit loss. This all makes financing a cannabis construction project difficult as banks aren’t usually willing to invest in a project that is possibly unprofitable and subject to forfeiture.

The laws governing legal cannabis are a moving target at best and constantly changing. Given that total cannabis production and consumption will near $10 billion in California it’s important to be able to navigate this ever changing industry and participate. Partnering with Danny Stevenson and Cannabis Grow Builders gives you and your company the inside track on best practices and changes in the cannabis industry. As our current partners learn quickly We Can Help!.

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

As Cannabis Moves Into The Mainstream, Illicit Market Endures

With the dramatic increase in access to cannabis, most users still aren’t using legal methods to obtain it. According to New Frontier Data, just 1 in 3 users are buying from established brick and mortar stores. For the balance of people consuming cannabis the most likely source remains the user’s friends.

These facts illustrate how strong the illicit market remains and shows the opportunity for companies to convert people to legal sales. New Frontier Data also found that consumers spend upwards of $89 billion dollars on both legal and illegal cannabis in the U.S. and this number includes cannabis consumed for medical uses. The study was concluded in September 2020 and since that date we’ve had a dramatic increase in the number of states with legalized cannabis for adults due to the election.

A portion of the reason consumers continue to consume illegal cannabis is many users live in medical-only states. “Most mid to heavy consumers will switch to shopping at brick-and-mortar stores very quickly after sales begin” the study says and many of the numbers are already heading in that direction. Those who have purchased from a physical store jumped from 27% in 2018 to 41% in late 2020 while the number of users purchasing from friends declined in a similar manner.

The overall numbers show the illicit market remains strong even as total sales outpace those of wine or spirits. New states deciding on the regulatory portion of cannabis are aware that tax levels, licensing fees and other factors must be kept in check in order to prevent a return to buying from friends and it appears that is happening both in California and Nationally. As more money is invested in eliminating the illegal market look for a dramatic rise in brick-and-mortar sales and an even greater increase in control and product quality. Quality is where we come in and we need partners who want to learn about how to build cannabis cultivation facilities.    

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Industry Report… LivWell Is Running Colorado’s First Televised Marijuana Retail Ad

LivWell Enlightened Health, a Colorado cannabis retailer is preparing to run a television advertisement on Denver NBC affiliate KUSA later this month. This marks a key step toward cannabis promotions in mainstream media. The commercial is a first for Colorado, according to the Denver Business Journal. LivWell CEO Michel Lord told the Denver Business Journal “We’ve been interested in getting our brand awareness in traditional media since Day 1.”

The testimonial based ads show a positive portrayal of the Denver-based LivWell by paid spokespeople. The spokespeople avoid the use of the words “cannabis” or “marijuana” and no images of cannabis products or LivWell stores are included in the marketing. “LivWell Enlightened Health have the most educated and professional staff and helped me navigate through what could have been a very overwhelming process,” a spokeswoman says in one advertisement. The paid spokesperson goes on to say “I even joined the rewards program.”

The promotion complies with Colorado marijuana regulations and ensures that no more than 28.4% of the broadcast audience will be younger than the legal age to purchase cannabis, according to the Business Journal. Lord went on and told the news outlet that the promotion was an attempt to build LivWell’s brand and reach consumers in the fast-growing, 55-and-older segment. A similar 2015 attempt to air marijuana advertisements on a Colorado ABC affiliate failed after the TV station decided not to broadcast the commercials because of legal concerns.

The introduction of loyalty programs along with $500 million dollar mergers and acquisitions are strong indicators of the trajectory of the cannabis industry. More people consuming both recreational and medical cannabis will drive demand for years to come and cannabis entrepreneurs will become more in demand. Volkswagen uses the advertising language “Drivers Wanted” and perhaps it’s time to use the language “Cannabis Builders Wanted.” If you’d like to get involved We Can Help!

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

California Cannabis Firm Glass House Group Being Purchased In $567M Deal

If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines wondering if this cannabis thing is for real, a blockbuster deal is happening right now worthy of your attention. Glass House Group is set to be acquired by a special acquisition company (SPAC) in a blockbuster $567 million deal. The goal is to create California’s largest marijuana business. The owner of Glass House Group is Toronto-based Mercer Park Brand Acquisition Corp. This SPAC referenced was founded in 2019 with the ultimate goal of establishing a national marijuana brand.

Before the end of the first quarter of 2022 Glass House is expected to add an additional 17 retail locations by merging with Element 7 and plans to add to its cultivation footprint by another 5.5 million square feet through the acquisition of Southern California Greenhouse. Jonathan Sandelman from Mercer Park said that as a result of this deal, “Glass House Group is poised to become the largest, vertically integrated brand-building platform in California.” Sandelman also is CEO of Ayr Wellness, a multistate marijuana operator with offices in New York and Toronto.

This acquisition, among others, is just the latest example of the power of SPACs and shows how they are expected to impact the cannabis industry. SPAC’s have emerged and have become drivers of mergers and acquisition deals in many different sectors. Glass House already manages more than 500,000 square feet of cannabis cultivation and controls four retail shops. The company plans to expand its wholesale cannabis business and is aiming to have products in roughly 700 California cannabis stores.

One of the critical factors being largely ignored is where these new found mega-companies will find the skilled manpower to build and convert the cultivation facilities to feed a rapidly growing market. Many builders with the expertise to do this specialized work successfully are already scheduling into 2023. They know where they’ll go to work for the next two years, the money is great and when they talk people listen. Want in? Let’s talk.

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

The Tiny Details Concerning Cannabis And Why Those Details Matter

We’ve received a lot of feedback regarding our article about the difference between a grow house and a cultivation facility. Cannabis Grow Builders decided early on to focus our efforts on the more specific aspects of cultivation since so much of the research is moving toward Cannabis as medicine. Whenever the term medicine is applied it brings with it definitions that matter. Medical cannabis is a term for a derivative of the cannabis sativa plant used to relieve serious and chronic symptoms. Cannabis sativa contains many active compounds, but two are of interest for medical purposes: THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

Medical cannabis is prescribed by physicians for their patients. As with any compound prescribed for medical use, the ingredients must be of the highest quality with specific and predictable concentrations. Imagine a diabetic sourcing their insulin and getting a wildly different product with different concentrations each time they fill a prescription. This is why predictability matters. This is also why mistakes during the cannabis cultivation process mean so much. The use of cannabis as medicine is being tested more rigorously than ever due to the promise researchers are seeing and the applications that appear on the near horizon. Accurate testing requires the production of an accurate product to test. Current clinical testing suggests cannabis has the ability to reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasms.

Contractors entering this arena quickly learn that cannabis cultivation is a unique skillset and the demand for their services and expertise is growing. We help by educating these professionals on the many aspects of heating, air conditioning, ventilation, darkness, lighting, timers, fail safe systems and how to install electronic monitoring systems. The goal is to create a highly profitable business that keeps the builder in high demand for long periods of time and a builder who has the ability to help their client produce a predictable crop. If what we’re doing is what you’ve tried to create then we should talk. Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Is There A Difference Between “Marijuana Grow House” And “Cannabis Cultivation Facility?”

The effective use of systems power the most successful companies in the world. Amazon uses logistic systems to efficiently deliver packages. Southwest uses hub systems to efficiently deliver passengers. Cannabis Grow Builders use building systems to efficiently cultivate cannabis. Each of these companies demand consistent results and controls within their systems to monitor success.

Successful cannabis cultivation comes down to combining experience, control, and fail safe monitoring. Systems incorporating heating, air conditioning, ventilation, carbon dioxide, lighting and airflow among others make a cultivation facility productive and profitable. Coordinating these systems establish a high level of both predictability and control for your client and increase the demand for your services. In the absence of these systems the best anyone can hope for is what is referred to as a grow house. Legal grow houses are great and serve a very useful purpose. Cannabis cultivation facilities serve a different purpose while typically producing between 5 and 6 harvests annually with consistent quality and on a predictable timeline.

Making sense of all the different systems and having the skill to install and coordinate them is critical when serving a cannabis facility. Our founder Danny Stevenson understands these systems along with knowing how and why they do what they do. He has invested thousands of hours into research and development and can help you enter the field with the confidence and knowledge a cultivator and cannabis entrepreneur demands. If you want to get involved we can help!        

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Cannabis Cultivation Facility Design

Cannabis Grow Builders currently works with a licensed contractor in Southern California. This contractor began the process of building a cultivation facility and needed some help. The builder realized something wasn’t right with the project and he was in search of the best solution possible for his client. The builder was a great designer and he didn’t understand many of the unique aspects of cannabis cultivation facility design. He reached out to Danny Stevenson for some advice.

When initially building or converting a space to a cultivation facility beginning with the end in mind contributes significantly to the final result. Understanding the unique characteristics of a cultivation facility is worthy of the investment of both time and money. A common factor when a cannabis cultivation business fails boils down to poor logistics and floorplan layouts that were doomed from the start. These are both difficult and expensive to change once the facility is operational.

A recent project included helping an owner who initially wanted to stay with the existing configuration of the space he had when the building was purchased. The conversion to indoor plant growth was easy… as soon as he added the complexity of indoor cannabis growth and production everything changed. Our client followed our guidance, made the suggested alterations and as a result he won’t pay additional wages every day to function in a logistically difficult workspace. We were able to prove the cost of the changes would pay for themselves within the first six months of operation.  

A cannabis cultivation facility is inherently labor intensive. Understanding and incorporating work flow and space design lowers the overall cost of operation. Cannabis cultivation logistics are crucial and is another area where our industry experience is a game changer. If your company has the desire to complete in the rapidly growing cannabis industry and you want insider information… We Can Help!

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Want To Join Us For A “Budding” Career In Cannabis Facility Construction

Cannabis Grow Builders is a division of Mountain Valley Facility Construction is looking for a few great contractors. We are local pioneers in the conversion, construction and licensing of cannabis cultivation facilities. President Danny Stevenson submitted and was awarded one of the first ever building permits for a cultivation facility in the Sacramento region in 2016. His most recent operation permit was issued less than 3 weeks ago. This is an overly brief list of what we’ve done yet there are storm clouds on the horizon. We’d love your help!

The storm clouds exist because the expanding cannabis industry cannot increase capacity as rapidly as demand suggests. In 2021 there aren’t nearly enough qualified, trained and licensed building professionals to service the demand. If you aren’t interested in commanding above after fees with an ongoing stream of work and actually getting paid quit reading now! Everyone at Cannabis Grow builders currently works in excess of what they signed on for and we are beyond capacity and scheduling into 2022. Other cities and states have the same issue and need your help as well.

As a result of the increased frequency of legalized medical and recreational cannabis nationally over the past four years there is a unique opportunity and need for qualified contractors to utilize their experience in this rapidly growing industry. We’ve designed and built cultivation facilities since 2016. We have the expertise required to train licensed contractors in this arena. At Cannabis Grow Builders we’ve worked in the areas of design, consulting, logistics, construction and the transformation of properties. Our promise to them includes working on projects as if they were our own.

The entrepreneurs who work with Cannabis Grow Builders choose us because we have the experience to help them achieve their goals. We demonstrate the ability to deliver projects on time, within budget and minimal disruption and we train you on how to convey this as well. When you communicate and understand that every day a facility remains closed the daily revenue loss is $10,000 or more and you know how to expedite their opening date they will choose you! The reality is when you position urgency with an understanding of the rest of the factors at work you become the obvious choice. If this is you we should talk soon!

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

New Mexico Governor Confirms Special Session On Cannabis Legalization

The Governor of New Mexico announced a special session to convene in roughly two weeks to allow lawmakers to attempt to pass recreational marijuana again. House Bill 12 was not heard on the Senate floor even after passing in its final committee with a majority 5-4 vote around 1 a.m. Thursday morning. The 60-day regular session ended Saturday at noon. “It’s not really goodbye,” Lujan Grisham said. “It’s take a rest and I’ll see you soon.”  New Mexico would be the 16th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

The governor stated that she feels “very confident” on getting the bill passed. Projections show that recreational cannabis sales in the state could total as much as $318 million in the first year alone. The special session is estimated to begin Wednesday, March 31. The Governor’s office issues the following statement… 

“Legalized adult-use cannabis is one of the best moves we can make in our work to build a bona fide 21st century economy in New Mexico. And New Mexicans are more than ready: Poll after poll has demonstrated that our state wants this opportunity.

But rushing through amendments in the final hours of a session, when there’s a mountain of other very important work to be done, is not the right way to do something of this magnitude. No doubt the remote nature of this session, with public health safeguards in place, has slowed some items, though I applaud the Legislature and staff for their incredible perseverance and productivity in the face of challenging circumstances. In short, we are very close. And we will finish the job.

https://424574b10aa036e08643ea60a60e82c9.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html I believe legalization will be one of the largest job-creation programs in state history, driving entrepreneurial opportunities statewide for decades to come. I look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers to get the job done and done right.”

Political leaders nationwide are adopting the will of the people on the topic of medical and recreational cannabis on both sides of the political aisle. Everyone at Cannabis Grow Builders applaud leadership no matter where it appears. We pray for her success and that the will of the people to be taken care of.

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

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