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Williamstown has two bylaw proposals that may conflict with each other. Many places are concerned with the amount of odor coming from marijuana grows that are done outdoors. One bylaw is to ban it all together within city limits. The other has written it so tightly that the grows are restricted only to an acre of plants. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Williamstown has two bylaws that could compete with each other in order to be ratified.
  • One bylaw would make it illegal to grow cannabis outdoors inside the city limits.
  • The other would restrict it to only an acre of plants.

Quote: “The Planning Board this week advanced a proposal that would update some of the language in a 2017 town bylaw, establish guidelines for odor control at indoor pot growing facilities and ban outdoor commercial cannabis production in town. Meanwhile, the Agricultural Commission is going forward with a plan to propose a competing bylaw amendment that would allow outdoor production by special permit and with more restrictive setback requirements than currently in place.” (Dravis, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/61855/Williamstown-May-Face-Competing-Bylaw-Proposals-on-Pot-Production.html


New Mexico, despite its smaller size, ranks highly in several areas in the US for the marijuana industry. It also has the 9th highest revenue generated from taxes on marijuana according to the article. The article is quick to state that only cities with at least 50,000 people were part of the survey. Therefore, the numbers could be skewed for smaller cities. 

Key Takeaways:

  • New Mexico is the seventh of the states with the most dispensaries per capita.
  • The ratio is 5.2 dispensaries per 100,000 people.
  • Santa Fe is in the 5% of US Cities with dispensaries per capita. It has 5.9 shops per 50,000 people.

Quote: “Just three other New Mexico cities met the population threshold. Albuquerque was measured at 3.3 dispensaries per 50,000 residents. Rio Rancho and Las Cruces came in at 2.3 and 2.4, respectively.”(Last, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1428613/nm-ranks-high-in-new-cannabis-study-ex-state-is-7-in-dispensaries-per-capita-and-9-in-tax-revenues-from-pot-sales.html

The Kankakee City Council approved a conditional use permit for a company in Illinois. The permit allows DAM Good Farm Inc. to open an indoor marijuana growing facility. It will make use of the 7500 sq feet. The owner of the business tried to open a dispensary in the same area but received blowback from the people in the area and some council members. He eventually relented and shelved the plans.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Kankakee City Council approved a conditional use permit for DAM Good Farm Inc.
  • The approved property is 7500 sq ft.
  • The owner of the business, Adam Baumgartner, had previously attempted to open a dispensary in the same area but was rebuffed by the neighborhood and council members in the area. He decided to shelve the production after the opposition took place.

Quote: “Baumgartner already has an industrial hemp growing license from the State of Illinois as he has an outdoor hemp farm in nearby Reddick, in Kankakee County.” (Provost, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/council-oks-indoor-pot-facility/article_902bb05c-5cfd-11ea-a872-fb40636dbd79.html

The code is being considered in Whitman County and is very close to getting approved according to the article. The code has been worked on for nearly a whole year. The code contains verbiage that says that the operation of marijuana growing facility should have no detectable odor outside of the facility where it is grown. The law also states that the production or processing of the crop must be 1,000 feet away from sensitive areas. The code defines sensitive areas like the following places: schools, playgrounds, parks, and alike. A public hearing is scheduled for March 18th.

Key Takeaways:
A code has been drawn up by Whitman County to control the odor created during marijuana production.
It also does not allow that production and processing to happen within 1000 feet of sensitive facilities.
It defines those facilities as schools, churches, and other public gathering places.

Quote: “It is currently under State Environmental Policy Act review in Olympia and a public comment period until March 12. County Commissioner Dean Kinzer said the commissioner’s office wanted to get the code as tight as possible regarding growing marijuana in the county.” (Thorington, 2020)

Link to article:
dailyevergreen.com/75226/news/marijuana-code-under-review-in-olympia/

#washington #marijuana #whitmancounty #citycode 

Investors, understandably, have been gun shy since the cannabis investment market has been full of disappointments. However, there are four companies that are in the industry or adjacent to it that are still solid stocks according to the article. They include Innovative Industrial Properties Inc, Scott’s Miracle-Gro, PerkinElmer, and The Cannabis ETF. Most of these companies gave out a dividend or increased in value.

Key Takeaway:

  • 2019 was a hard year for cannabis investors as several companies made bad decisions which turned investments sour.
  • People still want to be involved in the industry and the article recommends investors to get stocks with dividends.
  • The four companies that article focuses on are Innovative Industrial Properties Inc, Scott’s Miracle-Gro, PerkinElmer, and The Cannabis ETF.

“A small group of cannabis stocks actually pays dividends. So, investors can earn some money while they are waiting for the industry to recover.”(Borchardt, 2020)

Link to article:

https://realmoney.thestreet.com/investing/stocks/grow-some-green-dividends-as-cannabis-stock-recovery-drags-on-15242267

“The consumer-level products you find tend to say that they are “industrial grade”. However, that usually means that they can handle up to 800 lbs. A selective rack converted into cannabis racking can hold 2500 lbs per level.”

If you are looking for cannabis racking then that means that you are ready for a higher level of growing. You are passed the point where getting gear you can get on Amazon on Prime does not make sense anymore. You need to get serious equipment that will allow you to make more money by scaling up processes. Not only will you have more room to grow in these racks but you will be able to grow vertically which can help you expand your business exponentially. You deserve it. You have paid your dues and outlasted some of your competition.

Of course, that does not mean that you know what you are looking for just yet. Sure, you know that the product exists but what is it called? Fortunately, much of the industry has made an effort to change the names of things in order to fit in with the existing jargon within your side of the industry. The side effect of that is the consumer level products also change how they talk about the products they make to stay in front of you. Therefore, you could be seeing products that are not up to the level of growing you are looking to do. A smart move is adding racking to your search because that usually denotes a higher level of storage, for those in the material handling field, or growth for your industry. The consumer-level product companies that make grow trays, grow tables and grow supplies generally do not make industrial racks or racking so they avoid trying to advertise on those types of words. It makes it much easier to find what you need.

What do you really need? You will need selective racks as that is what it is called in the material handling industry. Selective racks are just like the shelves you find in your home but much larger. You are not growing on shelves though you might think to yourself. It just so happens that the 4×8 grow trays or tables you see happen to fit perfectly in these apparatuses. They are perfectly designed to allow you to scale up your business out and vertically which is what you want.

“If you are looking for cannabis racking then that means that you are ready for a higher level of growing. You are passed the point where getting gear you can get on Amazon on Prime does not make sense anymore.”

The consumer-level products you find tend to say that they are “industrial grade”. However, that usually means that they can handle up to 800 lbs. A selective rack converted into cannabis racking can hold 2500 lbs per level. If it is stationary then you can grow up to the allowable limit for your area. If it is mobile then you will not be growing above two to three levels just for stability’s sake. Either way, at 2500 lbs per level, you can imagine how much product you could be cultivating and how much profit those levels of production will bring you based on your current profitability ratios.

Ready for your own cannabis racking? You can get a mobile grow rack or you can get a stationary grow rack. It is up to you. If you need more help then you can call 503-536-7218.

A fire that burned a downtown Eugene building was allegedly caused by an enthusiast of marijuana making hash oil. It is illegal to use butane to extract cannabis. It is legal if the person has a license from the OLCC as a recreational processor. They also have to be licensed by OHA specifically as a medical processor with the state.

Key Takeaways:

  • A man allegedly attempted to make hash oil.
  • The attempt may have caused a building in downtown Eugene to catch fire.
  • There are other ways of extraction that are safer and should have been used instead.

“Over the years, there have been many hash oil incidents that have led to serious injuries. In 2017, Eric Scully was sentenced to seven years in prison for setting a storage facility on fire when he was making butane hash oil.” (Dendy, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.kezi.com/content/news/Dispensary-owner-provides-insight-about-hash-oil-567957551.html

New farmers who are growing hemp or making CBD are thinking about making the switch should the state legalize Marijuana. It would not be too big of a step for most but, surprisingly, not everyone is on board as some want to stay building something everyone can use. The projected 30.3 billion in legalized marijuana sales may convince them otherwise, however.

Key Takeaways:

  • Farmers in New York are eyeing the possibility of growing marijuana should it go legal.
  • Some are balking at it because they want to produce a crop that will not get anyone high.
  • A major problem seems to be the taxes associated with it in the proposed bill. A farmer says that it would be akin to asking for $500 a pound.

Quote: “Some farmers, such as Sherman, are already growing hemp and wouldn’t need to change much to begin processing marijuana as well, but find the current law could hinder smaller farm operations from getting into the market.” (Briere and Dunn, 2020)

Link to article:

https://poststar.com/news/state-and-regional/farmers-mull-growing-marijuana-as-potential-for-market-grows/article_02f9663c-0046-5eaf-89d6-ea5dc4fd7086.html

Legal marijuana growers in Canada are still competing with their illegal counterparts. However, they do not want to get rid of them, for the most part. They would rather see them be legal with them. An often-mentioned fact is that much of the legalized marijuana being grown is very commodity-based and not as good as the artisan-style growers. Many people within the legal growing community believe this to be the way to win over the illegal growing trade. If the government approves more growers then some believe that the illegal growers will become legal growers.

Key Takeaways:

  • The ministry has received 219 applications for growing. It has only approved 25 of those applications.
  • It approved two growers in Alberta, Canada in the span of 14 to 15 months.
  • The article says that the estimate of illegal growers and their market share is as high as 80%.

“It’s a fight-fire-with-fire mindset many in the craft and micro cannabis cultivation sector say is one of the keys to disarming an illicit pot industry that remains a potent factor in the weed market.” (Kaufmann, 2020)

Link to article:

Too few green lights for smaller cannabis growers, say producers

Photo from:

https://postmediacalgaryherald2.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/cannabis-1.jpg?quality=55&strip=all&w=640 (PNIMG)

#canada #cannabis #marijuana #alberta #microgrowers

The mobility sturdiness trade-off in consumer versions

Anytime you start talking about a movable rack people usually think about the chrome unit you can find in just about any store. The problem with using these racks is that they are not meant for commercial intent. It means that they are far less strong than their industrial counterparts. However, it does not mean that there are growers who do not have success with them, in fact, many beginner growers have excellent success with these carts or shelving units. It is inevitable at some point that the grower will find that they have outgrown these units. If you are at that point then a question you may be having is where do I find units that are better than these. Maybe you have lost more than your fair share of yields because of these less than ideal units for what you are doing. There is, at least, a trade-off that happens when you choose to use nonindustrial versions of these mobile carts. That is not to say that there are not any industrial versions of these mobile carts. There are, in fact, industrial-strength movable cannabis racking systems that you can find in the marketplace including the one we have available here.

“If you take into mind how much a professional material handling created movable cannabis racking system can hold then you will see that there is no comparison. These units can hold up to 2500 pounds per level.”

How much can you actually grow on the shelf – Industrial vs Consumer

We have mentioned that there is a big difference between the consumer versions of these movable cannabis vertical growing racks or shelves and the industrial versions. The consumer versions of these movable shelves are capable of holding up to 800 pounds on most models. Keep in mind that those numbers are home hardware-based and not the all in one shopping stores we all frequent when we buy groceries. If you take into mind how much a professional material handling created movable cannabis racking system can hold then you will see that there is no comparison. These units can hold up to 2500 pounds per level. They are also seismically engineered which means that they can, or are meant to, withstand earthquakes in the event that they happen. Of course, the unit you are looking at here will be mobile so you will have to account for the possibility of sliding. However, if the unit was anchored into the ground then you would get the full designation of the results of those seismic calculations.

Let us not forget that the smaller versions can also be cramped at times as well. You are not working with a lot of room on the shelves. Whereas a shelving system, such as the ones we carry, hold many plants and have a lot of room for your arms to maneuver around and work with your crop. The systems are far more comfortable for you, your family or your workers to work on every day. You also have more room for your lights and other materials that you may need to grow your crops on a consistent basis with a consistent yield.

If you have ever pushed one of these carts around then you know how terrible it can feel if they go over a bump. You have to be extremely careful to not spill anything because that will damage your ability to make money. The number one rule of growing anything is to not lose any yield if at all possible. It is more difficult if you have a unit that is not meant for industrial use. You will find those units much more wobbly and, frankly, a lot more nerve-racking if you have to move your rack from one place to another if you encounter a decent-sized bump.

Ready to upgrade your mobile rack to something more robust? Click the mobile grow rack link and have a look at those heavy-duty units. You can also call 503-739-8231 if you need more help.