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Compliance as a Competitive Advantage: Get your Garden in Order

Posted by Celia Daly on Mar 16, 2017 8:05:19 AM

Right now, cannabis in the United States is a hotly debated topic. Many people are anti-prohibition citing medicinal uses, economic growth, job-creation and removing its incentive from underworld criminals as reasons for creating a legitimate, regulated cannabis industry. Others see negative impacts of legalization, believing that cannabis is harmful and prohibition only keeps citizens safe. But more and more, the consensus is moving toward the former with a new poll suggesting 93% of voters support medical marijuana and 59% support full legalization. Elections in November highlighted this trend as four states adopted medical and another four voted in favor of adult-use programs. Now a record 60% of the United States’ population live in a state that has legalized in some form.

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Topics: environmental control, biosecurity, cannabis, Cannabis Basics, cannabis business, climate control, growing indoors, indoor garden, best practices cannabis, building cannabis, cannabis engineering, cannabis garden, energy efficiency, indoor cultivation, marijuana cultivation, air sanitation biosecurity, California cannabis, medical marijuana, indoor climate control, cannabis climate control, indoor garden hvac, compliance, regulatory best practices, cannabis regulation

Correctly Sizing a Cooling System for your Indoor Garden

Posted by Celia Daly on Mar 9, 2017 1:34:49 PM

Designing an indoor garden can be complicated. Cannabis is a new industry and though growers can pull best practices from similar industries, the fact remains that setting up a commercial cultivation facility is complicated and hard to navigate for new entrants. From navigating regulatory requirements to finding an appropriately zoned facility to choosing the right equipment, nothing about this process is simple. As soon as one task is completed, another task needs attention.

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Topics: environmental control, cannabis, Cannabis Basics, cannabis business, cannabis cultivation, cannabis growing, cultivation equipment, dehumidification, increase yield, indoor garden, automation, best practices cannabis, building cannabis, cannabis garden, cannabis technology, chiller, climate, commercial cultivation, construction, cooling, efficiency, energy efficiency, engineering for cannabis, environment, HVAC, indoor growing, ROI, vertical farming, technology, cannabis industry, cultivation technology, indoor climate control, cannabis climate control, cannabis hvac, cooling system, indoor garden cooling, indoor garden hvac

Sustainability for your Indoor Garden

Posted by Celia Daly on Nov 3, 2016 11:02:22 AM

This is an exciting time for Cannabis. An estimated 84 million Americans will be affected by proposed cannabis legislation on the ballot next week. This is significant for the industry, marking a turning point in our country’s relationship with the plant. However, as more and more states come on board, it is inevitable that cultivation operations will begin multiplying at incredible rates. It is important that this innovative industry approach these new opportunities responsibly and in a way that shows the world that we understand and respect the resource constraints we are facing. The good news is that, because the industry is so young, we have the chance to set standards on how we will utilize resources.

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Topics: cannabis business, cannabis cultivation, climate control, cultivation, featured, growing, indoor garden, Surna reflector, efficiency, efficient, energy efficiency, Garden Set-Up, LED, sustainability, sustainable

Energy Efficient Equipment Can Aide in Application Selection

Posted by Celia Daly on Jan 14, 2016 7:12:46 AM

An increasing trend in cannabis licensing and applications is either for applicants to be required to list expected energy consumption (Oregon) or to award additional points to those planning to use energy efficient equipment (Illinois).

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Topics: application, Cannabis Basics, cannabis business, cultivation equipment, energy efficient, featured, licensing

What to Expect When Applying for a Cannabis Business License

Posted by Celia Daly on Jan 7, 2016 7:24:06 AM

Your state has legalized either medical or recreational cannabis and it looks like a great business opportunity. One of the first hurdles that must first be completed before entering the legal cannabis industry is the application process. Each state has different rules regarding how licenses will be awarded - some are based on a lottery, some based on the highest scoring application, and other simply award a license to everyone who meets the minimum application requirements. Regardless of how your state decides to award licenses, there are a few things that have thus far been consistent across all states. Here are 7 things you can expect when applying for a cannabis business license.

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Topics: application, Cannabis Basics, cannabis business, featured, licensing

The Cost of Building Cheap

Posted by Celia Daly on Dec 10, 2015 7:22:56 AM

With the difficulty of finding financing in the cannabis industry, it may be tempting to build a cultivation facility as cheaply as possible. While this may sound like a great option in the short term, chances are, you will be kicking yourself in the future as monthly bills stack up, making it difficult to turn a profit.

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Topics: application, cannabis business, cultivation, featured, Surna reflector, energy efficiency, Garden Set-Up, ROI

How to Start a Legal Cannabis Cultivation Facility

Posted by Celia Daly on Oct 29, 2015 7:30:38 AM

So your state recently passed legislation for legalizing cannabis or is about to open the application process? (Here's looking at you Maryland, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii.) Whether medicinal marijuana or recreational cannabis, if you are thinking about applying for a license, there are a few important things to keep in mind, especially if you plan on cultivating.

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Topics: application, Cannabis Basics, cannabis business, cultivation, featured, licensing

Growing with Surna: Top Posts from First Year of Blogging

Posted by Celia Daly on Oct 8, 2015 7:12:27 AM

October marks one year of Growing with Surna, the Surna blog. To celebrate, we’d like to take a look back at the most popular posts to date.

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Topics: cannabis business, cultivation, featured, licensing, lighting, trellis, Inside Surna, year in review

7 Rules for a Successful Cannabis Grow

Posted by Celia Daly on Jul 23, 2015 7:32:19 AM

While every cultivation center has its own quirks and way of doing things, we have found these 7 rules to be universal to successful cannabis cultivation

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Topics: cannabis business, cultivation, featured, growing, increase yield, licensing, Garden Set-Up, side canopy

June Newsletter: Dropping Prices Demand Efficiency

Posted by Celia Daly on Jun 29, 2015 7:17:03 AM

Each month, we publish a newsletter discussing a trending topic within the cannabis industry and how it shapes Surna's philosophy. To be one of the first to receive this information, be sure to sign up for our email list at the bottom of the page.

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Topics: cannabis business, increase yield, lighting, Surna reflector, chiller, dehumidifier, efficiency, hybrid, legalization, newsletter, Our Perspective

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