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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

Indoor Cannabis Cultivation During A Wildfire Season

There are divergent points of view on cannabis cultivation. As California enters what many have termed a potentially devastating wildfire season, indoor cultivation is looking better and better. As we’ve seen in previous years, wildfires are becoming more of an issue and an entire crop and the investment contained in that crop can be incinerated in a matter of minutes and leave a smoldering pile of ash and dreams.

Indoor cannabis cultivation has the potential to provide the level of control required to produce a product with a predictable level of quality along with a predictable yield. In the world of cannabis cultivation, quality and yield are two of the faces of profit. The quality of product produced allows the possibility of patenting a particular blend for use in the medical cannabis field and at a later date can be shown to address specific maladies. The ability to help certain issues as a result of control is an extension of the indoor aspect of cannabis and demonstrate how control and consistency matter in our industry.

As we design indoor cultivation facilities it becomes clear we have the ability to control every aspect of the growing process. This level of control is something outdoor grow facilities will never have. Just a few of the things beyond total control outdoors is weather, humidity, wildfires, poachers, infestation and disease to name just a few. One of the most significant aspects beyond the control of the outdoor grower is the amount of light allowed for growing. Those growing cannabis for the recreational market are far less impacted by sunlight than those entrepreneurs who focus on growing for the medical market. The recreational market offers the advantage of cash flow at a lower price per pound with extreme competition and those who grow for the medical market enjoy a higher price per ounce with less competition.     

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

Many Cannabis Entrepreneurs Tend To Pay On Time And In Cash

When we bring a contractor up to speed on the many unique aspects of working with cannabis entrepreneurs one area they are unprepared for is being paid in cash and on time for their services. The logistics of being paid in cash can take some time to get used to. Some view being paid in cash for their work to be burdensome while others love being paid on time and not waiting or worrying about the check to clear the bank. We also advise having a receipt book available and being paid weekly is another aspect that’s universally appreciated.

The reason they pay in cash is due to federal banking laws these entrepreneurs don’t currently have access to using banks in the traditional manner most businesses do. While cannabis remains illegal at the federal level more and more states like California and Colorado have legalized the production, sales and possession of both recreational and medical cannabis. This is a game changing difference and this exists due to something called state’s rights. State’s rights are rights and powers held by individual states rather than by the federal government. An on point example is your contractor’s license is issued by your state and not by the federal government.

Based on personal experience I can tell you being paid in cash is a wonderful experience. There is something affirming about someone give you a stack of $100 dollar bills and then thanking you for the work you do. The entrepreneur is later rewarded when they are handed a stack of $100 dollar bills after selling their first and subsequent crops. Working in a professional capacity with other professionals who value the work my team and I deliver is both gratifying and profitable. Wanna know more? Give me a call at 916-933-7333 today!     

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

Another Great Way To Make Your Customer Love You

I’ve been a licensed contractor for 30+ years. In that time I’ve worked with hundreds of happy customers. As a builder I know my customer is going to be happy when I complete a quality project on time and somewhere near budget. I know they will be very happy when I deliver a quality project on time and below budget. When I delivered this result my client hugged me and cried!

Cannabis Grow Builders are hired to design build the project our client has in mind and help to make it as profitable as possible. This is the result I helped my most recent cultivation facility client produce. This result will be repeated between five and six times per year. This is a picture I personally took of one third his initial harvest of high quality cannabis. This initial harvest was “only 150 pounds.” For a commercial cannabis facility harvest this is quite small. This small harvest will put approximately $315,000 into his bank account. Imagine his anticipation level knowing his next, larger harvest is 4 weeks away.

This is the sort of result motivated and smart cannabis build facility contractors learn how to produce for their clients. Cannabis Facility Construction is a rapidly expanding field. The field is expanding almost as fast as the demand for contractors and what those contractors are expected to know. The reality is there are a lot of cannabis entrepreneurs chasing what little build talent is available and cannabis grow builders are on a mission to change that. We are booked well into 2022 with clients who are willing to wait for us and pay us top dollar for our services. If you are motivated, smart and can handle the increase in knowledge and work 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

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

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