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

Mexico Wants To Be The World’s Leader In Legal Cannabis Production

Mexico wants to become the world’s largest supplier of legal cannabis and they’re working diligently to accomplish that. Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies, Congress’ lower house which is similar to the U.S. Congress will soon take up the issue a member of the chamber’s health committee tweeted recently. Mexico’s Senate approved the legalization of medical marijuana almost four months ago, and two months later, the Health Ministry published rules to regulate the use of medicinal cannabis.

Former President Vicente Fox, who is on the board of global medical marijuana company Khiron Life Sciences Corp., said he sees the potential for Mexico to cash in on much-needed job creation, economic investment and medical advancements. Mexico is currently working to regulate the market in hopes of quelling the well-known cartel violence. “Many great things will happen,” Fox said. “We’re taking away this beautiful plant from criminals and putting in the hands of retailers and farmers.” Mexico has been working to create a cannabis market since 2015, when a federal judge ruled in favor of importing cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, for medical reasons. The ruling stemmed from a case involving a young girl suffering from a severe form of epilepsy.

In 2017, Enrique Peña Nieto, the president at the time, signed a bill allowing the medical use of marijuana products containing less than 1 percent of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. The bill also called on the Health Ministry to draft and implement regulations for the nascent industry. It wasn’t until three years later that Mexico was able to finalize regulations. During that time, public perception gradually shifted as more families spoke publicly about using cannabis-derived medication to treat various ailments. “The domino effect is happening,” Fox said. “The No. 1 challenge is to convey, inform and educate consumers and patients. And also educate the medical community. There is still some hesitancy in Mexican culture.”

Mexico has much in common with the United Sates and the clock is ticking for Mexico to finalize both its medical and recreational cannabis programs. If this comes to pass the U.S. could be left in an awkward position if its neighbors to the north and the south each have legal frameworks in place. Canada legalized recreational cannabis in 2018; marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug in the U.S. “It creates some really interesting trade issues,” Rudman said. “Mexico legalizing is going to strengthen the push for, if not legalization, decriminalization in the U.S.” How will this impact you and how can you benefit?

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

Perseverance To Cannabis Results Comes With A Huge Payoff

Some people I talk who know I work in the cannabis industry view this as time spent partying and staying out all night long. They formed their reality based on why they want to get involved. I simply explain that if they want to join those of us who will make a major impact on society they will need to reconsider their dream. Working and being successful in the cannabis profession requires passion, dedication and immunity to criticism. For us, working with cannabis cultivators is the best decision we ever could have made.

The most successful cannabis entrepreneurs wake up daily with a clear purpose. Some want to increase the science of cultivation while others are advocates for cannabis rights and education. The mindset of cannabis entrepreneurs matters. A 2018 study revealed 74 percent of working cannabis professionals were either satisfied or very satisfied with their work. That’s 20 percent more than the national average! A report released in 2020 showed that only 54 percent of employees across all industries are satisfied with their job. In the grips of the pandemic stress and anxiety are at an all-time high. The cannabis industry values and prioritizes both mental and physical health which by its nature creates a healthier working environment than most other professions.

There are significant obstacles facing cannabis entrepreneurs. Some of those barriers include discrimination, exclusionary banking, inconsistent and unpredictable legislation not to mention the saturation of competitive brands and ventures in the market. No matter the obstacles, I continue to believe that being involved and working in cannabis has been the most personally, professionally, and financially rewarding experience of my lifetime. Along with those I work with, we continue to navigate and clear the barriers while carving out solution based results of our own. We know that as long as we keep the people we serve as our top priority we’ll be rewarded with a fun and profitable career that will continue to fulfill our purpose.

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

High Dose CBD Study Finds Stunning Potential For Alzheimer’s

A study from Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia has linked high-dose CBD to multiple benefits associated with early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease. The positive results included improved cognition and restored function in those proteins responsible for clearing plaque from the brain. In addition, the CBD was found to reduce levels of a protein linked with the excessive inflammation found in Alzheimer’s patients.

Alzheimer’s disease is a rapidly growing public health threat and is expected to accelerate as a major problem worldwide. As populations live to older and older ages Alzheimer’s becomes a growing threat. Alzheimer’s disease has been traced to a build-up of beta-amyloid plaques along with other ‘debris’ in the brains of its sufferers. Some of the reasons for contracting the disease may be a result of genetics, lifestyle factors, among various other causes.

There are two proteins in particular that are believed to play key roles in clearing the brain of the plaque and dead cells. These proteins have been isolated as IL-33 and TREM2 and each are known to exist at lower levels in the case of Alzheimer’s disease. The Augusta University study has determined that high-dose CBD may normalize the level of IL-33 protein in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients while reducing levels of the inflammation-promoting IL-6 protein. The CBD was linked to benefits associated with TREM2, which is found in lower levels in Alzheimer’s patients. Overall, the CBD protocol was linked to a sevenfold and tenfold increase in IL-33 and TREM2 protein levels — at least in mice. Beyond that, the mice were found to exhibit improvements in their mobility when given the CBD.

Additional research is necessary and this includes research to determine the ideal dosage while evaluating the effects on CBD when administered in the early stages of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The findings pave the way for a potential future novel treatment for Alzheimer’s disease that may help address the underlying changes that lead to the disease’s development.

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

Minority Entrepreneurs Boosted At N. J. Cannabis Event

New Jersey is known as the Garden State and the cannabis business community is busy rolling up its sleeves and getting to work now since laws are in place and the regulatory body to govern it has been seated. Business questions abound about how the marketplace will open up and how the state’s social equity provisions will take shape shaping much of the conversation.  New Jersey is among a handful of states that recently legalized cannabis and made social equity a core requirement of market rollout.

Dianna Houenou was appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy to chair the five-member Cannabis Regulatory Commission and one of her priorities is making sure the barriers of entry to participate in the cannabis market are lowered to make it more equitable. “That it is a meaningful opportunity to people no matter what you look like or which part of the state you come from,” Houenou told NJ Cannabis Insider in November. “That will require a holistic understanding of why certain people might not have access to entering the market and devising ways that are specifically tailored to tackling those barriers.”

Many of the sticking issues revolve around application fees and high startup costs including huge capital requirements to become involved. There are also issues regarding compliance and tax structures which have been the key factors in keeping out the very people who were most harmed by the War on Drugs, say social equity advocates.

According to the law, even though cultivation licenses are capped at 37 for the initial first two years, the limit doesn’t apply to licenses awarded to micro-businesses which are defined as firms of 10 employees or less and 2,500 square feet of growing space. Once up and running, the regulatory commission will establish the maximum number of licenses based on market demand. A third of the licenses are set aside to equity applicants: 15% to businesses owned by minorities and 15% to women or disabled veterans.

“This all about reducing the barriers of entry. Networking, building teams and educating is critical,” said Jersey City-native David Serrano, who with fellow veterans co-founded Harvest360, a cannabis consulting company specializing in the intersection of research and development and technological applications within the cannabis space. “We want to make sure social-equity applicants have everything they need to succeed in the space.” All applicants will receive an invitation to a free one-on-one coaching session with industry leaders. Harvest360′s executive team will look for business feasibility, sincerity and professionalism in the responses, said Serrano, whose team recently rolled out a social equity accelerator platform in Illinois.

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

State Of Virginia Approves Adult-Use Cannabis

Virginia approved adult-use cannabis legalization in a historic vote marking the first state in theOld South to embrace full legalization. The measure was passed with a 48-43 vote, and the Senate approved it in a 20-19 vote. “This, to me, is a justice bill,” Del. Charniele Herring, a sponsor of the legalization bill and the Democratic majority leader. “While it has flaws and it is not the perfect bill … I think this moves us a step in the right direction.” The vote came after a conference committee struck a deal on Saturday to reconcile different versions of the bill that passed in both chambers earlier this month.

Virginia is the 16th U.S. state to pass an adult-use marijuana legalization law and sales are set to start in 2024. There are two other states – Illinois and Vermont – who have passed legislation to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana through the legislature. The Virginia move places pressure on the state of Maryland, where an adult-use legalization bill had its first hearing this month. New Jersey also recently enacted legalization, after voters overwhelmingly backed a referendum in November. Virginia Governor Northam has championed legalization as a racial justice issue. Virginia will begin setting up a marijuana regulatory agency this July.

As more states legalize the use of cannabis some states are starting to see supply issues. These supply issues are placing increased demands on the existing cultivation facilities. While many cultivation facilities in California are currently at capacity with demand increasing there exists an opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to be involved in this industry. Along with the recreational aspect the Virginia medical marijuana program is just getting off the ground. Lawmakers passed a bill this session to expand the medicinal cannabis program and allow marijuana flower products.

The new legislation was based on two studies on the issue: a report from his administration and another from the nonpartisan Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee. Lawmakers also tackled the thorny issue of how to prevent large corporations from taking over the marijuana market, and how to handle automatic expungements of marijuana offenses when the criminal justice system lacks the technology to do so. 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

Here’s Why Most Cannabis Companies Don’t Worry About New Minimum Wage Laws

Almost half of all states have already or will soon raise their minimum wage for hourly workers. Many cannabis businesses including retailers already pay more than this and are unlikely to feel much of an impact. What’s even better is many have better pay along with nice benefit packages.  These pay and benefit packages are in contrast to other small businesses concerned over the impact of a pay hike amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Higher pay and benefits are becoming the norm in the cannabis industry. Cannabis complexity demands knowledgeable staff for positions such as a budtenders who serve marijuana customers. Nationally, budtenders already earn $15 an hour or more according to the “2020 Cannabis Industry Salary Guide” published by Vangst. Of the companies surveyed, 90% offer some form of additional benefits often including health insurance, paid time off, a 401(k) plan or equity in the business. Others offer a cell phone and allowances for commuting.  “It’s the right thing to do, and it’s competitive to get great talent,” Vangst founder and CEO Karson Humiston said. “If you’re running a business, you have an obligation to figure out how to pay your staff livable wages. “Generally, we believe that if you are an employee and you’re working 40 hours a week, you should make enough money to lead a decent life.”

California has the highest current minimum wage at $14 an hour which applies to any business with 26 employees. As of Jan. 1, 2021 Emeryville, California had the highest minimum wage rate in the country, at $16.84 per hour followed by Seattle at $16.69 this according to Wolters Kluwer, an information services company with headquarters in Philadelphia and the Netherlands. Since most cannabis companies pay above the legal minimum wage they don’t have to factor in wage increases 2021. “Cannabis has been doing it right from the start,” Upshaw said. “Other industries ask, ‘How low can we go? What do we have to pay?’ “Cannabis asks the question, ‘What can we pay?’ We’re already there and we don’t have to work it into our plan.”

Cannabis is becoming a career. Arizona based Tilt Holdings has an expanding portfolio of cannabis related businesses and they provide technology, hardware, cultivation and production all designed to encourage employees to choose the cannabis industry as a career, not just a job. Tilt pays above minimum wage in every state in which it operates and offers health and life insurance as well as disability pay for any employee working at least 30 hours a week. The company employs about 300 people and offers training and helps employees figure out how to develop their careers. There’s also a stock-option program. “We love our people to be invested in us,” Santo said. “The easiest way to have them act like an owner is to have them be an owner.”

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

What Happens When The Power Lapse In Texas Happens To Your Cultivation Facility?

We’ve all read about what’s going on in Texas. The extreme weather has overwhelmed and damaged their power grid. The situation has spiraled down to the point where people are dying. Even the Governor said the complete collapse of the state’s power grid was closer than many people realized. When you combine these undeniable facts with the overall move to electric vehicles and less reliance on fossil fuels to generate electricity you have reason to worry. If you have a cannabis cultivation facility in California or you build them like we do then planning for power sources must become part of your planning.

The events in Texas are only an earthquake or wildfire away from happening in California. Even though when it happens the actual problem may be 100 miles away it could still have a dramatic impact on the fragile power grid and eliminate power to your business for hours or even days as we’re seeing in Texas right now. If your cultivation facility loses power for even a day the result could be catastrophic to say the least.

Did you know that Cannabis Grow Builders currently has a large cultivation facility we built producing their own electricity! The system produces power for everything they need with additional capacity for expansion. This system has provided the power reliability my client needs and may save them as much as $100,000 per month in electrical bills. By the way… No solar power is included in this mix. If you are looking for a different, and many say better way to accomplish your overall cultivation facility goals maybe 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

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