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With the staggering numbers coming out of Colorado and Washington for recreational sales in 2014, the cannabis industry is looking more and more promising every day to potential business owners. However, before jumping into the foray and declaring yourself a proud license applicant to grow cannabis in your state, there are some important facts you need to know.
In Colorado this week, the first year of legally sanctioned cannabis sales since Prohibition began comes to a close. Of course, cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, but there is a vibrant market here in Colorado—and, in many ways, what makes this past year so notable is its lack of notoriety. For Coloradans who don't participate in the cannabis market, life is not significantly different now than it was one or even five years ago. For those who do sell or consume, life tends to be a little bit better.
As the holiday season kicks into high gear, we’d like to remind all of the growers out there to keep a mindful eye on your plants as personnel availability waivers to accommodate vacation schedules. Depending on the grow medium being used, plants can become stressed in a matter of hours if mistakes are made in the feeding schedule or if the electrical breaker controlling lighting or other vital equipment is tripped. This stressing can have dire consequences when growing for a large scale production facility, including: stunted and/or delayed plant growth, disease/pest infestation, and killing the plants entirely.
This concept is going to sound backwards to many of you, but our years of cannabis growing experience have shown that the best way to produce the highest quality product is to cull plants at each stage of growth. Professional gardeners know this rule well, but most cannabis growers do not. In fact, it seems backwards to many cannabis gardeners to throw out plants as they are transitioned through the different stages of the plants life-cycle (i.e. clone/seedling, vegetative, flowering) as they have put effort in keeping these plants alive and as healthy as possible. However, culling plants at each stage will produce a more robust and higher yielding crop through the selection of the strongest individuals and the discarding of weak plants.
Last week we took a team photo. It's amazing to see how much our team has grown over the last few months!
We had a great session for NewCO Boulder today. With a packed room, we discussed the cannabis industry and what Surna is doing to create a more energy efficient growing environment.
It’s cooling down outside and we want to make sure our manufacturing team stays warm through the winter, so we outfitted them with Surna jackets! Now the team will be stylish and warm all winter long. No slacking off just because it’s cold out.
Republican victories across the nation may dominate the headlines, but the biggest winner of the 2014 midterm elections is cannabis. Oregon and Alaska, the two states considering recreational legalization measures, both voted to end prohibition, as did our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. While voters in Florida clearly support medical marijuana (with 57.6% voting yes), patients there will have to continue to wait as Florida requires a 60% majority to pass a ballot initiative.
We’re heading to Las Vegas next week for the ArcView Investor Forum and the Marijuana Business Daily Business Conference and Expo (booth 512). This whirlwind week is bound to be full of great connections, both old and new.