Marijuana is a profitable crop that is highly regulated, and growers must avoid the mistakes discussed below when establishing their commercial operations. This will enable them to produce high-quality yields and still adhere to the evolving regulations.
- Installing a growing system using equipment from various suppliers.
Setting up your commercial marijuana facility will be difficult if you are ordering the equipment, such as benching, irrigation systems, and lighting from different suppliers. As a grower, you should make sure that your benches are well coordinated with your irrigation system. Similarly, the cooling system should be designed in a way that takes into consideration the lighting details. Commercial farmers should take advantage of the automated growing equipment available on the market because when it is appropriately designed as an integrated system, it provides better traceability and uniform quality of the crop. It also increases crop yields.
- Fitting your commercial marijuana facility with systems meant for small scale operations.
The facility and systems needed for small scale farming are different from those required in the industrial production of marijuana. And to ensure that commercial growers maintain consistent quality control in their facilities, they not only have to invest in systems and equipment capable of handling large operations but also ones that are capable of adapting to expansion plans in the near future. Growers should also work with experts who are experienced in designing top-notch marijuana facilities. The experts can also provide consultation services to the growers to ensure long-term growth.
- Failing to develop reliable connections with your suppliers.
Before growing marijuana in your commercial facility, you should make sure that the facility is built to code by people who have the expertise and experience in building marijuana facilities. Before choosing the supplier, perform due diligence. Ask for references, and also visit their manufacturing factory and offices to ensure that their products and services are up to par. Their product must be of quality because it is a significant factor in the marijuana sector. Do not take shortcuts because it will only delay your license approval or cultivation of cannabis; therefore, ensure that your supplier will not fail you in any situation.
- Failing to automate the growing process.
In order to adhere to the regulations stipulated by health departments and maintain a competitive edge, growers should be consistent in their quality control and compliance in their day to day operations. Their facility should be fitted with integrated growing systems, light levels, timed irrigation systems, specific fertilizing mix, air filtration, cooling, and heating system that can be adjusted automatically depending on the plant’s needs. This makes it easy to monitor and record the details on the environmental computer; thus, any unnecessary changes can be easily identified and corrected.
- Postponing urgent orders until the last minute.
Some suppliers say that sometimes, they receive calls from growers who need benches and irrigation systems manufactured and fitted in their commercial facilities because they are being inspected in a few days. Although they have been in a position to meet the urgent orders, it is not advisable to rely on this method. The costs of setting up commercial marijuana facilities are substantial but entirely necessary for passing the inspection; therefore, growers should plan and get set up ahead of the scheduled inspection.
Industry watchers believe that experienced marijuana entities like Neutra Corp. (OTC: NTRR) and Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) know all too well the importance of avoiding the mistakes highlighted in the discussion above.
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