It’s a great time to be alive. After years of needless and harmful prohibition, several states have finally come around to marijuana legalization. In started in the 1990s with medial legalization in California, and culminated in 2012 when Washington and Colorado voted in favor of recreational cannabis. The first recreational store opened in Colorado in 2014 and the rest is history. Downtown Denver and the surround area have as many medical and recreational dispensaries as they have Starbucks. Business is booming and the economy in Colorado is thriving as a direct result. Many people are opening businesses related to the industry, and you may very well be one of them. If you’re thinking of starting a storefront to sell marijuana, your grow room is going to be a very important part of that. Take these seven tips into advisement before you open your store.
1. Air-Tight and Light Proof
First of all, you want your grow room to be an air-tight space. This will make temperature and atmosphere control a great deal easier. You won’t be having to compensate for a drafty room and keeping your carbon dioxide levels steady will be a cinch. Additionally, you want your paneling to be light-proof, and you want to ensure there are no points for like to leak in. As you might know, having your crop flashed with light when it’s sometimes dark can present major problems.
You may want to consider a modular marijuana grow room for this very reason. If you build your grow to fill a traditional room, you may run into problems when it comes time to expand. If business is successful, you may need to grow more product than expected, or you may decide to open additional stores. Either way, if you’re in a static room, it’s going to be difficult to expand. You’ll have to move or remodel your space to fit your needs. On the other hand you don’t want too much space for your grow initially. The solution is a modular grow room. Essentially you’ll build a room within room in an existing building, storage space, or warehouse. Then, when it comes time to expand, you’ll simple add on to your modular grow room. It will be easy, safe, and inexpensive.
3. Location is Important
It’s a good idea to scout your location well before moving your grow their. Make sure that you’re in a relatively safe area, as you will be growing a product that is a commodity in very high demand. Make sure that you have a well-lit property with the necessary security measures in place. Some businesses even put their grows on the same property as their storefront. This allows for getting product to the store easily, and cuts down on transport costs.
4. Cleanliness and Organization
First of all, you don’t want to be mixing up strains. Your clients may be relying on the effects of a particular variation of cannabis, so make sure that you take utmost care when it comes to organization. Take care to also make sure that your grow is clean. This will help you avoid pests and other maladies. You’ll be much more likely to put out a top shelf product.
5. Properly Installed Equipment
The last thing you want to deal with is improper wiring or faulty installation of lights and ventilation systems. Another advantage of going modular with your indoor marijuana grow rooms is that the companies that install them typically offer track systems for lighting and fans. That way you know your equipment will be safe and secure. It will also be easy to adjust things as needed. Moving a light to a different area of the room will be a breeze when everything is on a track system.
6. An Expert Grower
If you’re getting into the cannabis industry and you’re not an expert grower, you better hire one to work for or with you. In a lot of cases a master grower is going to want to be a partner, not an employee, at least when it comes to small businesses. You can build the prettiest grow room possible, but if you don’t know how to grow you will be in big trouble. Competition is incredibly tough, especially in bigger cities like Denver. If you don’t have a top quality product you probably won’t succeed.
7. Have It Up to Code
The marijuana industry is heavily regulated. You’re going to undergo multiple inspections before you can open your retail store. You may want to find a company who can build out a custom grow room that meets all building code needs as well as meet the requirements for state and local regulations. Don’t let a simple oversight hold you back from opening your store.
Following these seven tips can get you head the right direction when it comes to running your own marijuana store.Comments Off