EUFLORA Buckley Rd
Cherry Diesel, Headband Kush
EUFLORA Gun Club Rd
Cherry Diesel, Sage N Sour
EUFLORA Longmont
Cherry Diesel, Sage N Sour
Eclipse Cannabis Company
Blue Sherbet, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Wedding Crasher
Emerald Fields - Glendale
Bananaghani, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Emerald Fields - Manitou
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Fountain Organics LLC
Cake Pop, GG4
GREEN WORLD
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Wedding Crasher
GREEN WORLD EXPRESS
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Wedding Crasher
Golden Meds - Sante Fe
Bananaghani, Bobby Boucher, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake
Growlife
GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
Herbal Healing
Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
High Plainz Strains 2
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tart Pops, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
Higher Grade 38th
Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop
Higher Grade Medical (at Galena)
Blue Sherbert, Veritas Cookies
KIND CARE OF COLORADO LLC
Apple Fritter, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam
Karma
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
LA CASA CANNA BIS INC
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
LIVE GREEN - SHERIDAN
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Aurora
Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Colfax
Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Downtown
Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Edgewater
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
MAGNOLIA ROAD - Boulder
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Makena
Apple Fritter, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Makena Dispensary
Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
NATIVE ROOTS ASPEN
Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane
NATIVE ROOTS BOULDER
Grape OZ, Tractor Beam
NATIVE ROOTS DILLON
Bananaghani, Slurricane, Tractor Beam, Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS EDGEWATER
Bananaghani, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam
NATIVE ROOTS Frisco - rec
Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, GG4, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast
NATIVE ROOTS Grant St. REC
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
NATIVE ROOTS LITTLETON
Bubba Berry, GG4, Papaya Cake, Strawberry Milk, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS LONGMONT
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS NORTH DENVER
Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ
NATIVE ROOTS SANTA FE
Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
NATIVE ROOTS VAIL
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Native Roots Colorado
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, Veritas Cookies
Native Roots Highlands
Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Native Roots Tower
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce
Native Roots Trinidad
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Natures Kiss
Bananaghani, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (44th)
Cherry Diesel, GG4, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Sage N Sour, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (EVANS)
Cherry Diesel, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Sage N Sour, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
Primal
Cake Pop, Unicorn Poop
REEFER MADNESS
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
ROOTS RX BASALT
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Sage N Sour, The Sauce
ROOTS RX EAGLE/VAIL
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Sage N Sour, The Sauce
ROOTS RX EDWARDS
Grape OZ, The Sauce
ROOTS RX GUNNISON
Grape OZ, The Sauce
ROOTS RX Leadville
Grape OZ, The Sauce
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Naturita
Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Sour Diesel, Tart Pops
Roots RX Aspen
Grape OZ, The Sauce
SIMPLY PURE
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
SOLACE MEDS LLC - FC
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds - WR
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Layer Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds Broadway
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds Colfax
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Layer Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds FOCO Medical
Banana Kush, Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Unicorn Poop
Standing Akimbo
Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop, GG4, Gelato 41, Strawberry Milk, Unicorn Poop
THE JOINT BY CANNABIS
Apple Fritter, Blue Sherbet, Gelato 41, Slurricane, Wedding Crasher
THE TUMBLEWEED DISPENSARY Parachute
Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Wedding Crasher
The 404
Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies
The 64 Store
Banana Kush, Cake Pop, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Purple Papaya Punch, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop
The Dispo (REC)
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Grape OZ, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
The Happy Camper Palisade
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Miracle Alien Cookies, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
The Underground Station
Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, Veritas Cookies
Trill Alternatives
Bananaghani, GG4, Grape OZ, Purple Papaya Punch, Sage N Sour, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
Tumbleweed - Eagle
Cherry Punch, The Sauce
Tumbleweed Carbondale
Bananaghani, Headband Kush, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sour Diesel
Tumbleweed Debeque
Grape OZ, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sage N Sour
Tumbleweed Edwards
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, The Sauce
Tumbleweed Frisco
Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake
Twin Peaks Dispensary
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop
VERTS
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher
Wolf Pac - Pueblo West
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Wedding Crasher
Wolf Pac Cannabis Federal
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam
Zengolds LLC Longmont
Ice Cream Cake
5280 Weedery
Cake Pop, GG4, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
7884
Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
A Cut Above - Springs med
Banana Kush, Blue Sherbert, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Milk, Unicorn Poop
A Cut Above - med Denver
Banana Kush, Blue Sherbert, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Milk, Unicorn Poop
A Cut Above - rec
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
BACKCOUNTRY CANNABIS COMPANY
Amarelo, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
BOULDER WELLNESS CENTER LLC
Bananaghani, Sherb Crasher, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
BUDDY BOY - Walnut St
Bananaghani, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
BUDDY BOY - York St
Bananaghani, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
Blue Heron
Grape OZ
CANNACO
Grape OZ, Scooby Snax, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
COLORADO BEST BUDZ LLC
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Cherry Diesel, Gelato 41, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY BROADWAY
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY KALAMATH
Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY YALE
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
Canna Cabinet
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Cannabicare
Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Unicorn Poop
Cherry Peak
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tart Pops, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop
Cookies Denver
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, Veritas Cookies
Cookies Pueblo
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Tractor Beam
Dabbington LLC
Apple Fritter, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam
EUFLORA 16th Street
Cherry Diesel
EUFLORA Aspen
Bananaghani, Miracle Alien Cookies, Sour Diesel

January 13, 2021

Marijuana Growers Look Back on a Year That Saw a Pandemic, Wildfires, Extreme Weather and More

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Marijuana Growers Look Back on a Year That Saw a Pandemic, Wildfires, Extreme Weather and More

Bart Schaneman Author at Marijuana Business Daily home January 13, 2021 

This story originally appeared on MJBizDaily

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.

Despite 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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.