Kanopya Springs
Item 9, Sueno, Tart Pops
Kind Care Of Colorado
Garlic Cookies, Georgia Pie, Ice Cream Cake, Island
Kinfolk Farms
Big Bubba Diesel, Chemmy Jones, Cherry Diesel, Fubar, Garlic Cookies, Gas Tanker, Larry, Layer Cake, Melonz, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Toxic, Unicorn Poop, Wookie Fruit
LOVA co
Apple Fritter, Medellin, Muffinz, Sage N Sour, Slap N Tickle
LaConte's Denver
Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Wedding Crasher
Lakeshore Cannabis
Bubba Berry, Galleta, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Peking Duck, Slurricane, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, Triangle Og
Lightshade
Apple Fritter, Chem 4, Georgia Pie, Lucky Charms, Miracle Alien Cookies, Rain Dance, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Lova co
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Cake Pop, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Lemon P, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Og, Purple Marmalade, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sugar Rush, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co.
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Diesel, Grape Oz, Super Sour Lemon
Mana Cannabis
Sueno, White 99, White Runtz
Mana Supply Company
Sueno, White 99
Medicine Man
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Galleta, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Grape Oz, Infinity, La Kush Cake, Larry, Lava Breath, Meow, Og, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, White Runtz, Zookies
Mile High Dispensary
Sueno
Native Roots
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Granola Funk, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Item 9, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Snickerz, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Flame, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, The Sauce, Yuk Mouth
Nature's Herbs & Wellness
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Cookies N Cream, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Muffinz, Og, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Wedding Crasher
Natures Herbs & Wellness Center
Apple Fritter, Cake Pop, Gorilla Glue, Granola Funk, Ice Milk, Lava Breath, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Raspberry, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane, Strawberries N Cream, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher
Natures Medicine
Apple Fritter, Bananas, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool Aid, Fubar, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Peach Crescendo, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, White 99
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Raspberry, The Sauce
Rocky Mountain Cannabis
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gelato 41, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Medellin, Melonz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Raspberry, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Sunset Drive, Super Charger, The Soap, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Rocky Road
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Galleta, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Melonz, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Purple Marmalade, Ritas Cherry, Slurricane, Sour Orange Zkittles, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Roots RX
Cherry Hills, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Sueno
Roots Rx
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Big Bubba Diesel, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Garlic Cookies, Gg 4, Island, Koko Puffs, Meow, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Purple Papaya Punch, Sage N Sour, Sour Rado, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, Triangle Og, White 99, Wookie Fruit
Simply Pure
Blood Orange, Cherry Diesel, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Lava Breath, Meow, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Slap N Tickle, Sour Melon, The Sauce, Triangle Og, White Runtz
Smokin Gun Apothecary
Ooh La La, Yuk Mouth
Solace Meds
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Bananas, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Docs Cake, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Island, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Og, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Pruno, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Toxic, Triangle Og, Wookie Fruit
Star Buds
Apple Fritter, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Gelato 41, Infinity, Layer Cake, Peking Duck, Sage N Sour, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Toxic, Triangle Og, White 99, Yuk Mouth
Star buds
Layer Cake, Meow, Og, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
The Dispo
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Bubba Berry, Gary Payton, Island, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Peach Kush, Skywalker, Slap N Tickle, The Sauce
The Green House
Grape Oz, Lava Breath, Peking Duck
The Green Solution
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Blue Sherbert, Grape Oz, Lava Breath, Meow, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99
The Happy Camper Cannabis Company
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Dosi, Galleta, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Island, Mac 1, Melonz, Og, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sour Rado, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Zookies
The Underground Station
Big Bubba Diesel, Frosted Jack, Galleta, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, The Sauce
Tumbleweed
Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Galleta, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Gg 4, Grape Oz, Infinity, Koko Puffs, Lemon Pepper, Lions Mane, Medellin, Melonz, Meow, Milky Weigh, Og, Ooh La La, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Sueno, Sundae Float, Toxic, Unicorn Poop
Twin Peaks Dispensary
Apple Fritter, Blood Orange, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Item 9, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Sundae Float, The Sauce, White 99
Verts Neighborhood Dispensary
Durban Kush, Sueno
1136 Yuma
Cherry Punch, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Miracle Alien Cookies, Og, Raspberry
Backcountry Cannabis Co.
Bananas, Fubar, Galleta
Berkeley Disensary
Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Granola Funk, Lava Breath, Sour Melon, Unicorn Poop
Buddy Boy
Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Koko Puffs, Lucky Charms, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99
Canna Cabinet
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Colorado Cool Aid, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush, Electric Lemonade, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Garlic Breath, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Infinity, Island, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Medellin, Melonz, Meow, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Og, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Raspberry, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Toxic, Triangle Og, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit, Zookies
Cherry Peak Dispensary
Big Bubba Diesel, Chemmy Jones, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Galleta, Gary Payton, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Ice Cream Cake, Island, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Melonz, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Slurricane, The Sauce
Denvers Kush Club
Strawberry Shortcake
Doctors Orders
Garlic Breath, Purple Papaya Punch, Snickerz
Elevated
Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Melonz, Pineapple Blast, Strawberry Shortcake
Emerald Fields
Biker Oz, Bubba Berry, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Durban Kush, Galleta, Island, La Kush Cake, Melonz, Og, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pruno, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
Euflora
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gg 4, Og, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Super Sour Lemon
Golden Meds
Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon
Green Pharm 2
Banana Kush, Bubba Berry, Cherry Hills, Colorado Cool Aid, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Miracle Alien Cookies, Orange Zkittlez, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Milk, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon
Greenfields
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno
Herbal Healing
Koko Puffs, Sage N Sour
High Plains Strains
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Layer Cake, Melonz, Papaya Cake, Papaya Punch, Sundae Float, Triangle Og
High Plainz Strains
Bananaghani, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Snickerz, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Shortcake

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

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