The 411 on MMJ
Are you looking into starting a medical or recreational marijuana growing operation, but aren’t sure how to do it? Because our products are specially designed for indoor growing of all types, we hear a lot of questions. Below we’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions about MMJ, and answered them for you.
Q: How are states regulated?
A: Each state is different according to type of distribution: medical or recreational. Recreational states are Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Currently there are 17 states that legalized MMJ for medicinal purposes.
Marijuana businesses aren’t regulated by the federal government, which still considers them illegal.
Applicants have a long laundry list of requirements to achieve licensing, from large sums in escrow accounts to established years in growing/horticulture or the nursery industry.
That leaves only state and local authorities, but don’t be fooled by that “only;” it just conceals the size of the work to be done. Paperwork is plentiful.
Q: How to finance a legalized grow?
A: Because of federal restrictions, banks won’t loan marijuana businesses money, and federal small-business loan programs are closed as well.
That means backing has to come from individuals in handshake deals.There are private firms that do issue MMJ grow loans, usually with very stringent qualifications.
Q: How big should the initial grow be?
A: This is usually dictated by the state.
In medical approved states, you are usually allowed a certain number of plants per patient based upon the estimated scripts to be written.
Each state varies on the recreational plants per grow.
Q: What are the key elements to consider in a MMJ build?
A: Probably the biggest factor to consider when building a MMJ is your energy sources.
Lighting, cooling, and heating all require electrical service. The owner/operator must confirm with their local utility companies on what services are available before undertaking a new build.
The kVA (kilo Volt Ampere) found on the equipment panel is crucial in your electrical requirements.
Q: Should I grow in a greenhouse or an indoor (warehouse) facility?
A: Whether indoors or in greenhouses, growing top-grade cannabis requires carefully monitored conditions of light, temperature, and ventilation. Cannabis thrives in warm, moist conditions. Cooling and humidity control are critical.
When growing in the wild, Cannabis plants produce buds as the days become shorter. To get plants to bud, a grower must simulate 12-hour “nights,” by blacking out some of the daylight. This is relatively easily achieved in a warehouse, but to do it in a greenhouse, you need a retractable blackout curtain. Some blackout curtains are automated, and can be rolled over the greenhouse like a garage door, while others are manually hung.
Beyond saving money, marijuana greenhouses impose a smaller environmental footprint — an issue that’s become an increasing concern in the cannabis industry.
Although marijuana greenhouses eliminate the need for many energy absorbing lights, some growers opt for a hybrid approach, using some grow lights to manipulate the plants’ cycles. Marijuana, for instance, will grow higher during longer daylight hours, as opposed to budding during shorter daylight hours. So growers who want to encourage the plant’s initial growth phase in the middle of winter, say, may affectedly produce more “daylight” hours through the use of lights.
There is a debate on whether greenhouse or warehouse is more energy efficient, which can be dictated by the operation’s location, as well. Personal preference by the growers usually affects whether they go with indoor or greenhouse grows.
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