California hashish firm Glass House Brands introduced final week that it has begun marijuana cultivation operations at its new 5.5 million sq. foot greenhouse in Southern California after receiving approval to open the ability from state and native regulators. The firm acquired licenses from the California Department of Cannabis Control and Ventura County on March 11 and started cultivation operations on the huge facility the identical day with the switch of 1000’s of younger crops from an present website in Santa Barbara. A video shared by Glass House depicts the ceremonial switch of the primary clone to the ability by drone.
Glass House chairman and CEO Kyle Kazan says that the preliminary choices from the brand new cultivation facility, that are anticipated to be prepared for harvest within the third quarter of this 12 months, embrace genetics representing a number of varietals common with breeders and shoppers.
“We’re thrilled to have delivered some of our favorite strains from some of the industry’s best breeders in our inaugural 30,000-clone delivery to the SoCal facility: First Class Funk, Jealousy x Kush Mints, Zkittlez x Kush Mints, and MAC1,” Kazan writes in an electronic mail. “As production ramps up, we’ll continue to explore new technologies and modalities of enjoying cannabis, which we believe in the long run will be the reason that the regulated marketplace outpaces the legacy market.”
Glass House is without doubt one of the fastest-growing, vertically built-in hashish corporations within the U.S., with cultivation, processing, distribution and retail operations in California, the place voters legalized leisure marijuana in 2016. Late final 12 months, the corporate expanded its presence into the hashish edibles sector with the acquisition of Plus Products.
Glass House has earmarked hashish grown on the facility for smokable marijuana merchandise, which proceed to be the favourite of most shoppers. And as hashish laws proceed to evolve, Kazan envisions new enterprises for the positioning.
“Right now, the production from the SoCal facility will be used for preroll and flower products, but we will be growing with technological innovation in mind,” Kazan explains. “Further, though it’s not legal yet, we aim to create a wholesale showroom and Napa-style “weed tasting” customer experiences on the premises, as we anticipate public enthusiasm for the distinctive alternative to see the biggest hashish facility on the earth in full bloom.”
High-Tech Cannabis Cultivation
The new Southern California cultivation facility consists of six, high-tech, environmentally managed agricultural greenhouses totaling roughly 5.5 million sq. ft, positioned on a 165-acre property in Ventura County. In the primary section of creating the ability from its earlier use rising greens, Glass House has transformed 1.7 million sq. ft to state-of-the-art hashish cultivation. Included within the first section retrofit is the conversion of two greenhouses, one in all which can include a nursery for clones to assist all the facility and the opposite of which will probably be used for flowering and have a capability of roughly 180,000 dry kilos of hashish per 12 months. The firm can also be constructing a packhouse for processing hashish and a separate distribution middle to assist the cultivation operations.
“This is a momentous achievement for Glass House, one that we have been anxiously awaiting since completing the acquisition of the SoCal Facility six months ago,” Glass House president and chief hashish officer Graham Farrar stated in a press release from the corporate. “It is a true ‘Unicorn’ facility that will enable us to produce amazing sun-grown indoor quality at close-to-outdoor cost, providing a durable competitive advantage that allows us to be successful in any market condition.”
“In addition, the facility’s location in an ideal climate; as well as its solar and cogeneration capabilities make it significantly more energy-efficient, with remarkably lower carbon emissions compared to other greenhouse operations,” Farrar added. “We are very proud of the team, incredibly excited to have initiated planting, and are looking forward to our first harvest later this year. The speed with which the team executed our purchase-to-planting journey was truly impressive.”
Kazan characterised acquiring the licenses for the brand new cultivation facility as one in all Glass House’s “most significant milestones to date.”
“With our first harvest only months away and the first phase of the retrofit of the SoCal Facility nearing completion, we are on track to becoming the leader in cannabis cultivation capacity,” he stated within the assertion from the corporate. “However, it is our best-in-class craft cannabis cultivation practices; and our high quality and low-cost production capabilities that will provide us with a competitive advantage in the world’s largest cannabis market.”