January 26, 2016–
CalCann Holdings is set to build the state’s first large scale marijuana greenhouse that is eligible for state licensing under MMRSA in Desert Hot Springs, CA. The facility will serve over 30,000 medical marijuana patients, create 40 full time jobs, and bring the city over $400,000 in annual revenue after it’s anticipated opening in 2018.
“This project is the final piece of the puzzle in assembling the state’s first vertically integrated, seed-to-sale marijuana operation,” said Aaron Herzberg, a partner in the project. The greenhouse hopes to be one of the first to receive a 10(a) mega license, the largest license available under the recently signed Medical Marijuana Safety and Regulation Act. “A limited number of these licenses will be offered by the state, allowing for a vertically integrated business model including three dispensary locations, one processing location, and up to four acres of plant cultivation. We aim to be the first in line to receive one of these licenses in 2018,” said Mr. Herzberg.
The facility will include a processing lab, a commercial kitchen for edible products, a high tech curing room, and a 36,000 square foot greenhouse. The greenhouse will take advantage of state of the art climate control systems, ensuring the cultivation of a sustainable, safe, and high quality product. Full computer control of all systems will provide accuracy and consistency in the cultivation system.
“We are using the sun and cutting edge technology to grow marijuana in an eco-friendly way that will produce sustainably grown marijuana using all organic techniques. We will not only be producing cannabis in a controlled environment, but also doing it using green technologies,” said Mr. Herzberg.
Currently, non-licensed indoor cultivators are using 9% of California’s consumer electricity. CalCann’s system will reduce the cultivation carbon footprint compared to an indoor grow by approximately 90%.
In California, indoor production consumed 9 percent of household electricity in the nation’s oldest legal medical pot market, the amount used in 1 million homes, Mills found. The analyst published that study before the industry exploded following legalization in almost half the states and the District of Columbia. The report remains the best gauge of power use.
“We are excited to be a pioneer in regulated commercial cannabis cultivation in California — the largest marijuana market in the country, estimated to be ten times larger than the market in Colorado,” said Mr. Herzberg