Golden Meds – Sante Fe:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes,  Sticky Buns

Solace Meds Colfax:  

Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops

Nature’s Herbs & Wellness – Distribution Center (Flower only):  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Pancakes,  Sticky Buns

KIND CARE OF COLORADO LLC:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Pancakes

Dabbington LLC:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Pancakes

Tumbleweed – Steamboat:  

Cheetah Piss,  Lemon Pepper

COLORADO BEST BUDZ LLC:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

NATIVE ROOTS VAIL:  

Amarelo,  Grape OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Sueño,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Yuk Mouth

LIVE GREEN – SHERIDAN:  

Bananaghani,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Yuk Mouth

Native Roots Littleton MED:  

Amarelo,  Sage N Sour,  Scooby Snax,  Strawberries N Cream,  The Sauce

SOLACE MEDS LLC – FC:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510

Cherry Peak:  

Lemon Pepper

COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY BROADWAY:  

Amarelo,  Bananaghani,  Item #9,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Yuk Mouth

Tumbleweed Carbondale:  

Bananaghani,  Cherry Hills,  Sage N Sour,  Scooby Snax,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

Emerald Fields – Glendale:  

Blanco,  Georgia Pie

Eclipse Cannabis Company:  

Sherb Crasher,  Yuk Mouth

Golden Meds Bryant St:  

GG #4,  Sage N Sour

Natures Kiss:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper

Blue Heron:  

Blanco

MOUNTAIN MEDICINIALS RETAIL CENTER:  

Cherry Hills,  Colorado Cool-aid,  Sage N Sour,  Scooby Snax,  Sunset Drive,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

Solace Meds FOCO Medical:  

Amarelo,  GG #4,  Sage N Sour,  Scooby Snax,  The Sauce

GREEN WORLD EXPRESS:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

NATIVE ROOTS EDGEWATER:  

Grape OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

Native Roots Highlands:  

Grape OZ,  Sherb Crasher,  The Sauce

LOVA – Edgewater:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

Emerald Fields – Manitou:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

NATIVE ROOTS SANTA FE:  

Amarelo,  Grape OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Sueño,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Yuk Mouth

A Cut Above – rec:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

Buddy Boy – S. Federal:  

Amarelo,  Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY KALAMATH:  

Amarelo,  The Sauce

The Herb Shoppe:  

Colorado Cool-aid,  Sage N Sour,  Scooby Snax,  The Sauce

THE JOINT BY CANNABIS:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY YALE:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

NATIVE ROOTS LITTLETON:  

Blanco

Reefer Madness Dispensary:  

Cherry Diesel,  GG #4,  Sage N Sour,  Sueño

LOVA – Aurora:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

Native Roots Longmont:  

Amarelo,  Scooby Snax

Native Roots Colorado:  

Grape OZ,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

Tumbleweed Debeque:  

Cheetah Piss,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun

Verts:  

Sage N Sour

PIG N’ WHISTLE:  

Lemon Pepper

Twin Peaks Dispensary:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Pancakes

NATIVE ROOTS ASPEN:  

Grape OZ,  Sherb Crasher,  Sour Diesel,  Tart Pops

Higher Grade Medical (at Galena):  

Amarelo,  Colorado Cool-aid

NATIVE ROOTS Frisco – rec:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

Native Roots Tower:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

Buddy Boy – N. Federal:  

Bananaghani,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

The Underground Station:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper

SIMPLY PURE:  

Sherb Crasher

BACKCOUNTRY CANNABIS COMPANY:  

Sage N Sour,  Sour Diesel,  Sueño,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Tractor Beam

Wolf Pac Cannabis Federal:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Pancakes

BUDDY BOY – York St:  

Biker OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (EVANS):  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Pancakes

RJJ Edgewater:  

Koko Puffs,  Scooby Snax,  The Sauce

Native Roots Vail MED:  

GG #4,  The Sauce

Rocky Mountain Blaze:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Pancakes

THE TUMBLEWEED DISPENSARY Parachute:  

Cheetah Piss,  Honey Bun,  Lemon Pepper

LOVA – Downtown:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

A Cut Above – Springs med:  

Amarelo,  Cherry Diesel,  Garlic Breath,  GG #4,  Milky Weigh,  Purple Papaya Punch,  Sage N Sour,  Sueño

ALTITUDE AURORA:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Lemon Pepper

Tumbleweed – Eagle:  

Sherb Crasher,  Strawberry Milk

NATIVE ROOTS BOULDER:  

Grape OZ

LOVA – Colfax:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

Kinfolk Farms:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

LA CASA CANNA BIS INC:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

Higher Grade REC:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510

OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (44th):  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Pancakes

NATIVE ROOTS LONGMONT:  

Grape OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Sueño,  Tart Pops

Standing Akimbo:  

Amarelo,  Colorado Cool-aid,  GG #4,  Sage N Sour

DOCTORS ORDERS:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper

Tumbleweed Edwards:  

Cheetah Piss,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun

Zengolds LLC Longmont:  

Sherb Crasher

Green Cross of Cherry Creek – REC:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

NATIVE ROOTS DILLON:  

Grape OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

Native Roots Austin Bluffs MED:  

Amarelo,  Koko Puffs

BUDDY BOY – Walnut St:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Cherry Hills,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Yuk Mouth

Rocky Mountain Cannabis Naturita:  

Bananaghani,  Colorado Cool-aid,  Scooby Snax,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

Solace Meds – WR:  

Scooby Snax,  The Sauce

Native Roots Trinidad:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

NATIVE ROOTS NORTH DENVER:  

Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops

Higher Grade 38th:  

Amarelo,  Colorado Cool-aid

Solace Meds Broadway:  

Sour Diesel,  Sueño

NATIVE ROOTS Grant St. REC:  

Grape OZ,  Sherb Crasher,  Sueño,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

December 28, 2020

Marijuana growers look back on a year that saw a pandemic, wildfires, extreme weather and more

Published December 24, 2020 | By Bart Schaneman

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(Photo by Bobby Cochran Photography)

Recreational marijuana growers in mature state markets faced an onslaught of challenges in 2020. From wildfires to early freezes to a global pandemic, they had their work cut out for them.

That’s on top of the inherent obstacles cannabis companies face, including a dearth of banking services and the inability to take standard business tax deductions.

Most marijuana cultivation managers in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington state rolled with the punches, staggering their crews and spreading out operations to allow for social distancing.

They also protected their plants from the damage caused by falling ash and frost. And where growers couldn’t shield their plants from the impact of Mother Nature, they salvaged what they could.https://9c78ce88b409fd20580a1a22fca2fcb5.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.htmlDespite the setbacks, growers are reporting higher wholesale prices than last year, when prices slumped amid a supply glut.

That’s partly because several established markets – including Colorado, Oregon and Washington state – have weathered the boom-and-bust phase of overproduction and subsequent departure of some growers stung by rock-bottom prices.

The pandemic, meanwhile, hasn’t slowed consumer demand for cannabis – in fact, it’s up year-over-year in many places.

As mature markets consolidate and smaller growers bow out, 2021 will usher in a new set of market dynamics.

“Over the past few years, there has been a trend in Colorado of more independent cultivators shutting down, so it will be interesting to see what happens with these stand-alone grows in 2021,” said Ryan Milligan, director of cultivation for Denver-based Green Dragon.

“Whether or not these cultivators grow more cannabis next year will have a huge effect on the price of cannabis flower going forward.”

Marijuana Business Daily surveyed several growers in four western markets to ask how their year turned out in terms of prices, yields and significant challenges.

Here’s what they said:

California

In Desert Hot Springs, Ethan Woods, founder and CEO of Desert Underground, said his team experienced increased yields by improving processes, sanitation and strain mixes.

That improved quality of flower along with sluggish demand also helped the business fetch higher prices.

The range of challenges was all over the map, from labor shortages because of the pandemic to wildfires to lack of financing and banking. Specifically growers also struggled with pest management, according to Woods.

Colorado

Wholesale cannabis prices in both the recreational and medical markets have undergone large swings throughout 2020, including some unexpected highs.

“The pandemic has fueled some of the volatility and high prices seen at certain points, but we have also experienced the cyclical increases and declines in price tied to the outdoor harvest in the fall,” said Dan Banks, director of cultivation strategy at Denver-based Lightshade.

Milligan with Green Dragon agreed, saying prices have gone up from last year.

“Probably about a 15%-20% increase from 2019,” Milligan said. “In the summer, when cannabis supplies are typically at their lowest, prices were even higher than that. ”

He attributed the increase to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the early frost in September that damaged many outdoor cannabis crops.

Like the rest of the country, the pandemic forced Colorado growers to prioritize employee safety, stagger workflows and contend with unexpected labor shortages.

“We have seen particular struggles at times on the postharvest side because we, like many others, utilize third-party support for the peak labor demands of harvest events,” Banks said.

He added that wildfires and smoke in the fall were particularly problematic for the company’s greenhouse operation because of the reduction in lighting intensity and air-quality challenges.

At Veritas Fine Cannabis in Denver, Mike Leibowitz, managing partner and co-founder, said that being deemed “essential” by the state government during the pandemic was a big moment for the industry.

But it also created logistical challenges.

“We took flowering rooms offline to allow for distancing on our trim and packaging teams, which has reduced the amount of product we can put out,” Leibowitz said. “But it has allowed us to create a very safe, responsible environment for our teams.”

Oregon

Massive wildfires were a major factor for cultivators this year, though overall prices have begun to stabilize after market fluctuations driven by overproduction and attrition.

Bend-based Oregrown was able to significantly increase its yields “despite working with terrible air and sun quality during the fire season,” said Hunter Neubauer, co-founder and board chair.

“Thankfully, we cultivate in both an indoor facility and climate-controlled, light-deprivation greenhouses so we weren’t impacted by contaminants falling from the sky.”

But the residual smoke did block some sunlight and affected yields.

“Without the fires, we would have seen an even better year-over-year result in both the quantity and quality of our greenhouse light-deprivation flower,” Neubauer said.

Adding water shortages to the wildfire impacts added up to “environmental challenges that were as extreme as they’ve ever been,” according to Neubauer.

Washington state

Growers report that crop yields were up from last year.

“Many reported a slow start to spring, but the long summer and late fall made up for it in most areas,” said Crystal Oliver, executive director of the Washington Sungrowers Industry Association.

Joe Feltham, chief operating officer for Arizona-based multistate cannabis company 4Front Ventures, sees prices up as much as 20%-30%, “which is the first real increase in this market in years.”

Overall, wholesale cannabis prices have been trending upward over the past few years, according to Oliver.

One exception: Lower-quality extraction grade flower is seeing a dip in prices, but that’s typical for the end of the year after the fall harvest floods the market.

Oliver also said the pandemic boosted costs for complying with safety requirements – including purchases of nitrile gloves and other supplies.

“So, in order to ensure producers/processors remain profitable, prices need to come up a bit,” she added.

Other issues facing growers in 2020 included labor challenges stemming from the pandemic – in particular, keeping workers safe while they juggled child-care issues such as closed schools and day-care centers.

Oliver pointed out that her organization is thankful the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has temporarily allowed children of licensees to be on business premises.

Bart Schaneman can be reached at barts@mjbizdaily.com