Cannabis Grow Facility Opens In Perry County, Pennsylvania

Someone once said “a rising tide lifts all boats” and we want to congratulate PA Options for Wellness opened their growing and processing facility in the Perry Innovation Park. Lending an additional aura of inclusion is the PA Options for Wellness shares its location with Mutzabaugh’s Family Market, Members 1st Federal Credit Union, Rite Aid and other local entrepreneurs.

Major construction on the outside of the facility was finally completed while some of the construction on the inside of the building was completed and additional indoor alterations continue. Thomas Trite the CEO founded PA Options for Wellness in 2014 and said that during each phase of construction the company plans to expand its growing operation. PA Wellness will provide funding to Penn State University over the next 10 years with a significant portion of that funding going to the College of Medicine. That funding will allow the study of health outcomes-based research and pre-clinical studies on the potential benefits of cannabinoids and medical marijuana.

The College of Medicine will also assist PA Options for Wellness to determine which types of marijuana extracts are optimal for various conditions. The research work will focus on pain management and anti-cancer activity initially. The company has been working with Penn State for about a year and now that it has opened its medical marijuana dispensaries, it has begun signing people up for outcome studies.

“There’s a lot of people interested in the research,” Trite said. Trite said the outcomes studies will involve thousands of people other more specialized smaller studies will involve less than 100 people. “Were really focus on the patients — certainly improving patient outcome and quality of life,” he said.

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

Essential Business Status And Growth In Demand Fuel Grow Operations

During the pandemic demand for cannabis products in states where cannabis is legal in any form has increased. Here in California sales have increased well over 8% according to industry sources and many other states have seen similar increases in demand and sales. This increase solves issues for the growers and government and long term strategy is worth a closer look.

Charlie Bachtell is the CEO and co-founder of Chicago-based Cresco Labs and he anticipates continued growth in our industry. As society in general becomes more accepting of the many applications of cannabis the demand is expected to continue to increase. We have seen that demand increase in both the quantity and especially the quality of our product. This increase in demand is not lost on local government.

In a time of dramatically decreasing tax revenue the cannabis industry offers a welcome and needed financial port in a storm. With state and local tax revenue dropping due to the pandemic and increased unemployment government is charged with looking at ways to stem the tide and turn their finances around. By encouraging the growth and availability of legal cannabis they have found a vehicle to get them back to where they need to be. There is more pressure than ever to decrease black market sales and the City of Sacramento has authorized 10 storefronts for cannabis. As both the demand and acceptance of cannabis becomes more mainstream people will be looking for a high quality product that they can rely on. This will increased the prevalence of indoor grow facilities who can produce a consistent and quality product. This is where Cannabis Grow Builders can help. We work with every phase from idea to grow to sales. We can get you there! 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

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

Controlling What You Can Control Leads To Cannabis Growth Success

California, Oregon and Washington have great things in common when it comes to cannabis growth. Each state has laws supporting growth, each has great conditions for growth and each has an increasing desire for the wonderful product we produce. In 2020, at the worst possible time, critical portions of that story have been flipped on their head. Outdoor growing conditions have turned into some of the worst ever encountered due to unrelenting and almost unstoppable wildfires just as cannabis has become more mainstream.

Controlling what you can realistically control is critical in any growing environment and more valuable today than ever. The events unfolding in the forests and grow areas of each of these states could fill a research paper on what goes wrong and is the very definition of what you can’t control. The lack of control outdoor growth operations have inherently will impact the quality for anyone involved. There is another factor even experienced professionals haven’t solved.

Climate change manifesting as wildfires is impacting the legal cannabis industry like a Tsunami. Research shows that as much as 5% of cannabis grown outside will fail mold tests even under ideal weather conditions. That mold test failure rate could rise to a high as 10% when smoke from wildfires blocks the sunlight. Smoke obscuring the sun will diminish the plants resistance to molds, pests and other diseases. This decreased resistance allows less control over the end result along with smaller yields. Increased control leads to increased income. Outdoor operations allow only one harvest per year (it’s called Croptober for a reason) while indoor growth may afford as many as four to six harvests every year. These are not chances you need to take… There is a better way!

Cannabis professionally grown indoors allows dramatic control over the final product. This control affects the quality and quantity of your final product. Great attention placed on humidity levels, nutrient levels, sunlight sequencing, soil conditions and other factors it allows the production of an exact product each time. I believe the day will come when a specific recipe for the growth of cannabis will solve a societal health issue of great consequence. Will you be inside or outside when that day arrives?    

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

Water Is Critical To Your Grow Operation For More Reasons Than You May Know

Cannabis is one of the more tightly regulated industries in the nation. Understanding the level of regulation might make someone wonder how water use and wastewater disposal has been so ignored by so many for so long. In our industry water use and fertilization are critical to our long-term viability. In any agricultural setting the addition of fertilization to the mix means you will eventually deal with wastewater. In the case of indoor grow facilities that means complying with ever changing local wastewater regulations.

Since cannabis is still technically illegal at the federal level the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Act may not currently apply to grow facilities. The other reality is when the laws change every facility will likely be compelled to fall within the rules from day one. The facilities we’ve worked with are in compliance with the federal rules from day one and that makes them ahead of the game. The 1972 EPA Clean Water Act established the basic structure that regulates the discharge of defined pollutants into the waters of the United States.    

At the local level we’ve found regulations vary from state-to-state and even county-to-county. In California, water in most municipalities is a sought after and increasingly scarce commodity so conservation is critical. Wastewater, as it pertains to the cultivation of cannabis is an area where the application and understanding of the science has the potential to solve a myriad of issues in advance. The primary contaminants contained in cannabis wastewater include phosphates and nitrogen that exist in the runoff from nutrients applied to promote growth. Since these are typical from any horticulture operation, indoor or outdoor, their remediation prior to introduction to any municipal sewer system allows for compliance in many cases.

What’s your plan for wastewater remediation? There are many factors to consider and your option depend on your specific circumstances. This issue can haunt you daily or be your best friend and we can help! Call us before someone calls 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

Before You Build, Plan What’s Next…

What seemed like great locations for both large and small cannabis grow facilities are sometimes abandoned for reasons related to water, power and even logistics. We’ve even been asked to assist with issues like parking and trash disposal that seemed trivial because they were never addressed. Many small growers are ill-prepared to address these areas and large growers must have these solved early on or face financial ruin. Here is how we’ve helped our clients…

If you’re a large cannabis grower or have plans to become one, a call to Cannabis Grow Builders is a wise move. We’ve seen cases where a single phone call and just a few questions could have saved thousands of dollars and months of time. We’ve had to work to solve power supply issues after leases had been signed and work started. The client was “all in” without a sufficient power supply. They were looking for help and when it became apparent the utility provider had no answers they called us. We were able to help solve this issue for our client and had we known in advance we could have prevented a lot of sleepless nights in the process.

Smaller growers typically have different issues that can be as devastating and even worse. The reality of personal and commercial cannabis growth, even in 2020, is not everyone is on board. Some have never taken the time to determine how the laws help or hurt them. We do that research in advance and see what the road ahead looks like. We’ve seen cases when a delay is not a denial and have helped to structure what the next logical steps look like. Often times the key isn’t the next step it’s the next steps. The right shortcut can speed things along and the wrong shortcut can add months to your timeline.

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

How Can We Help Your Grow Facility?

In the world of cannabis, 2016 was a lifetime ago. Cannabis grow facilities are just now beginning to hit full stride in some states and really only now getting started in others. There is more to learn than we know and that creates excitement for some and creates trepidation on the part of others. Helping solve that trepidation and help you move from concept to production is where our team comes in.

You may have never heard of me and you may not even care. My name is Daniel Stevenson. As a second generation builder I’ve been in the high end custom design and build space since 1981 and have studied home energy consumption and building science from the beginning. What I and my team will share with you could have a tremendous impact on your personal and professional life if you choose to use the information. My body of knowledge about how the predictable application of building science made the full time transition into the cannabis industry easier for me than many others.

From the beginning I understood energy co-generation, lighting, utility loads, logistics and possibly best of all I am very comfortable dealing with building officials and regulators. Due to regulations and restrictions imposed by government, the licensing and construction of your facility can often become your largest expense, biggest delay and greatest headache. Delays in operation can often run as much as $10,000 per day in lost opportunity. A three month delay can often cost $1,000,000 or more. This expense can mean the difference between long term success and failure.

As we move through this increasingly complex world I will share tidbits of information from my experience and how to apply this data. My goal is to decrease the time a cannabis entrepreneur spends between idea and completion. I know there is enough grow business to go around and expanding what’s possible today and remaining in the forefront of cannabis grow facility evolution where I am today will contribute to everyone’s success.  

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