High Plainz Strains
Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Muffinz, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Snickerz, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle Og, White 99, White Runtz, Yuk Mouth
Higher Grade
Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel
Kanopya Springs
Item 9, Sueno, Tart Pops
Karmaceuticals
Chemmy Jones, Peking Duck, Sage N Sour, White 99, White Runtz
Kind Care Of Colorado
Ice Cream Cake, Island, Lava Breath, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Slurricane
Kinfolk Farms
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Hills, Fubar, Gas Tanker, Larry, Layer Cake, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth
LOVA co
Apple Fritter, Durban Kush, Ice Milk, Medellin, Sage N Sour
LaConte's Denver
Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush
Lakeshore Cannabis
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cookies Cream, Galleta, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Island, Item 9, Melonz, Peking Duck, Ritas Cherry, Slurricane, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, Wookie Fruit
Lightshade
Apple Fritter, Cereal Milk, Chem 4, Cherry Diesel, Flow, Forza Sans Souci, Gelato 41, Ice Cream Cake, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Lucky Charms, Midnight, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Slap N Tickle, Sour Flower, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, White Runtz, Yuk Mouth
Living Rose Wellness
Gas Tanker, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Item 9, Layer Cake, Melons, Milky Weigh
Lova co
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Cake Pop, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Lemon P, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Purple Marmalade, Sage N Sour, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon
Magnolia Rd.
Cherry Hills, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Shortcake, The Sauce
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co
Bananas, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Gas Tanker, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Sueno, Yuk Mouth
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co.
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Diesel, Grape Oz, Super Sour Lemon
Maikoh Holistics
La Kush Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Runtz, Snickerz
Mana Cannabis
Sueno, White 99, White Runtz
Mana Supply Company
Sueno, White 99
Medicine Man
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Infinity, La Kush Cake, Larry, Lava Breath, Meow, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Mile High Dispensary
Sueno
Native Roots
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cake Pop, Cereal Milk, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gelato, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Island, Item 9, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Pruno, Pudding Pop, Purple Marmalade, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pop, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Native Roots Vail
Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream, Gg 4, Melonz, Muffinz, Ritas Cherry, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Sour Orange Zkittles, Sueno, The Sauce
Natural Alternatives for Health
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Durban Kush, Koko Puffs, Peach Kush, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Strawberry Shortcake
Nature's Herbs & Wellness
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Cake Pop, Cookies N Cream, Dosi, Forza Sans Souci, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Peking Duck, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Wedding Crasher
Natures Herbs & Wellness Center
Apple Fritter, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Ice Milk, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Sundae Float, Yuk Mouth
Natures Kiss
Muffinz, Project 4510, Snowman
Natures Medicine
Apple Fritter, Bananas, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool Aid, Fubar, Garlic Cookies, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Peach Crescendo, Slap N Tickle, Super Sour Lemon, White 99
Oasis Cannabis Superstore
Apple Fritter, Cherry Hills, Collins Ave, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Medellin, Milky Weigh, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Purple Marmalade, Ritas Cherry, Sour Rado, Sueno, Triangle Og, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit
Peak MJ
Cake Pop, Purple Papaya Punch, Sherb Crasher, Sundae Float, Wookie Fruit
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Bubba Berry, Forza Sans Souci, Headband Kush, Island, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Raspberry, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White 99
Rocky Mountain Cannabis
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Garlic Breath, Gelato 41, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Peach Kush, Raspberry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Snickerz, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Rocky Road
Bananaghani, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Ice Cream Cake, Item 9, Lava Breath, Melonz, Midnight, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og
Roots RX
Blood Orange, Ice Cream Cake, Orange Zkittlez, Yuk Mouth
Roots Rx
Apple Fritter, Berries N Cream, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Island, Koko Puffs, Meow, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth
Simply Pure
Blood Orange, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Item 9, Lava Breath, Muffinz, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Slap N Tickle, Sour Melon, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Smokin Gun Apothecary
Ooh La La, Yuk Mouth
Solace Meds
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Island, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Melonz, Meow, Midnight, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz, Noon, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Pineapple Blast, Raspberry, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Spark
Peach Kush, Sundae Float
Star Buds
Apple Fritter, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Garanimals, Gelato 41, Georgia Pie, Infinity, Layer Cake, Meow, Peking Duck, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, White 99, Yuk Mouth
Star buds
Meow, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Triangle Og
Steel City Meds
Banana Kush, Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Flow, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Item 9, Papaya Cake, Peach Pie, Sage And Sour, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive, The Sauce
The 404 Dispensary
Meow, Peach Crescendo, Super Sour Lemon, White Runtz
The 64 Store
Cake Pop, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Koko Puffs, Layer Cake, Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop
The Dispo
Ice Milk, Island, Peach Crescendo, Pineapple Blast, Runtz, Skywalker, Slap N Tickle
The Green Solution
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Blue Sherbert, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Durban Kush, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Grape Oz, Item 9, Lava Breath, Meow, Muffinz, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Snozzberry, Sour Rado, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99
The Happy Camper Cannabis Company
Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Electric Lemonade, Forza Sans Souci, Galleta, Gary Payton, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Island, Lucky Charms, Melonz, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White Runtz, Yuck Mouth, Zookies
The Joint Denver
Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Island, Sour Melon
The Kind Castle
Gelato 41, Peach Kush, Sueno
The Spot
Banana Kush, Cherry Hills, Granola Funk, Sueno
The Spot 420
Bananaghani
The Underground Station
Frosted Jack, Galleta, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, The Sauce
Third Day Apothecary
Cherry Diesel, Garlic Breath, Grape Oz
Tumbleweed
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Cake Pop, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Georgia Pie, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Grenadine, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Infinity, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Lemon Pepper, London Pound Cake, Medellin, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Ooh La La, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Pruno, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Soda, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Twin Peaks Dispensary
Item 9, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Sundae Float, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, Yuk Mouth
Unity Rd
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Hills, Forza Sans Souci, Frosted Jack, Gary Payton, Gg 4, Melonz, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Sour Melon, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, Unicorn Poop
Verts Neighborhood Dispensary
Cherry Punch, Durban Kush, Sueno, Triangle Og
Zengold's
Bubba Berry
1136 Yuma
Cherry Punch, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Pie, Raspberry, Yuk Mouth
A Cut Above
Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Island, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pruno, Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Sunset Drive, The Sauce
Backcountry Cannabis Co.
Apple Fritter, Bananas, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Fubar, Sour Melon, Yuk Mouth
Berkeley Disensary
Granola Funk, La Kush Cake, Lava Breath, Peach Kush, Strawberry Milk, Tart Pops
Big Medicine Cannabissary
Garlic Breath
Boulder Wellness Center
Medellin
Breckenridge Organic Therapy
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Triangle Og
Buddy Boy
Gas Tanker, Gg 4, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, 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, Granola Funk, 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, Orange Zkittlez, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peach Pie, Peking Duck, Pineapple Blast, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Raspberry, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Sage N Sour, Sherb Crasher, Slap And Tickle, Slurricane, Snickerz, Sour Melon, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Tart Pop, Tart Pops, Thai, The Sauce, Triangle Og, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit, Yuck Mouth, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Cherry Peak Dispensary
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Blood Orange, Cereal Milk, Chemmy Jones, Durban Kush, Granola Funk, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Meow, Miracle Alien Cookies, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Runtz, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Sueno, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Chronic Therapy
Strawberries N Cream
Colorado Harvest Company
Biker Oz, Flow, Granola Funk, Headband Kush, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Pruno, Sour Melon, Sour Orange Zkittles, Sundae Float, Tart Pops
Cookies
Forza Sans Souci, Miracle Alien Cookies, Ooh La La
Denvers Kush Club
Apple Fritter, Midnight, Muffinz, Noon, Peach Kush
Doctors Orders
Item 9, Peach Crescendo, Ritas Cherry, Runtz, Snickerz, Sour Melon
Drift
Gelato 41, Infinity, White 99
Eclipse Cannabis
Ice Cream Cake, Mac
Elevated
Cherry Hills, Durban Kush, Melonz, Strawberry Shortcake
EmJ's
Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Colorado Cool Aid, Forza Sans Souci, Grape Oz, Layer Cake, Melonz, Milky Weigh, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Sunset Drive, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
Emerald Fields
Cherry Punch, Durban Kush, Forza Sans Souci, Gary Payton, Ice Milk, Melonz, Midnight, Milky Weigh, Muffinz, Noon, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Triangle Og, Yuk Mouth
Euflora
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Gg 4, Layer Cake, Peking Duck, Snickerz, Super Sour Lemon
Fountain Organics
Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
Golden Meds
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, Melonz, Muffinz, Sherb Crasher, Sunset Drive, Yuk Mouth
Golden Meds
Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Dosi, Gg 4, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, Sueno
Green Dragon
Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Orange Zkittlez, Peach Crescendo
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, Super Sour Lemon
Greenfields
Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno
Herbal Healing
Bubba Berry, Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Forza Sans Souci, Gas Tanker, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Item 9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Melonz, Pineapple Blast, Ritas Cherry, Sage N Sour, Sour Orange Zkittles, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
Herbs 4 You
Gas Tanker, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Sour Diesel, Super Sour Lemon, Yuk Mouth
High Octane Dispensary
Biker Oz, Gary Payton, Triangle Og
High Plains Strains
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sundae Float, Triangle Og

September 2, 2021

What’s It Like to Grow Cannabis For a Living? Here’s an Inside Look with Veritas’ Head Grower

Want to learn more about growing cannabis for a living? We spoke with one of our resident experts about cannabis cultivation jobs in Colorado and beyond.

It all starts in the garden with some of the best, most passionate cannabis growers in the game. Far from being a simple matter of sticking seeds in soil and adding water, cannabis cultivation is a complex profession. Fortunately, we’re in good hands with expert cultivators like Andrew Mahon.

With over a decade of experience in the industry, Mahon—who is actually Veritas’ first official employee—currently oversees three of our facilities located across the Denver metro area in his role as head grower. Bringing a background in plant and soil science to his work, he shared that his lifelong affinity for plants made the choice to pursue a career in cannabis cultivation “a natural fit.”

For anyone who’s curious about what it’s like to work with thousands of cannabis plants every day, Mahon has some stories to tell: 

How did you get into this profession? Did you have a mentor?

I learned a lot from several close friends. All of us would experiment through trial and error, then touch base on what did or didn’t work. By and large, we were self-taught through that process.

What’s a typical “day in the life” at your job?

Rarely are my days the same—the priority is maintaining the correct environment in our rooms so that the plants can thrive. I try my best to work alongside the other employees to share my experience and monitor how the facilities are performing. By helping out with the daily tasks necessary to garden operations, like transplanting, staking and manicuring the plants, I can keep a closer eye on the overall health of the garden and aspects like plant health and pest pressure.

How does your growth cycle work? When do you start growing a new harvest?

That's a pretty complicated question. At one facility, we’re harvesting every three days. At another facility, it's roughly every four days. We try to minimize downtime in our rooms, so a room will be reloaded and flowering again only 36 hours after a harvest. To achieve this, we have a master planting schedule. The goal there is to try to ensure plants are ready to flower once a room is harvested while still accounting for the fact that we are dealing with living plants that don’t care that we have a schedule to stay on.

What do you enjoy most about growing premium cannabis flower for Veritas?

I enjoy the challenge of bringing the quality of a small boutique grow to a commercial scale with over 120 full-time employees. Growing cannabis indoors on a commercial scale is complicated. There is no set way of accomplishing that task. Every grow has their own unique methods, and I enjoy fine-tuning our method to achieve the highest quality possible on the largest possible scale.  

What would you say is the most important part of your job? 

Training new employees. We all come to the table with different experiences, so it’s of the utmost importance that we embrace everyone’s background, while at the same time adhering to general techniques and best practices. Especially now that we have grown to become several different facilities, it’s all the more important that the training is consistent to ensure the quality remains the same.

Working with cannabis, it’s easy to nerd out on any number of different facets of the plant. Is there a specific area of focus that particularly appeals to you?

I like helping to manage the rotation of strains at Veritas. We have nearly 130 genetics in rotation at the moment, so it’s fun to balance things. That way, customers can always find something fresh on the Veritas strain menu, whether that be something that is brand new or something they know but haven’t seen in several months.

More Cannabis Careers: Meet the Artist Behind Our Psychedelic-Inspired Veritas Cannabis T-Shirts and Apparel 

Which strains are your favorite to grow and why? 

Anything new. It’s fun learning about new Veritas strains and watching them develop as you try different techniques. We’ve recently taken in some Forbidden Melonz and Apple Fritter that have been fun to play with.

Who goes into ensuring the cannabis you grow is the best possible quality?

Being as hands-on as possible. The only way to ensure quality is to make sure we are constantly monitoring the plants throughout their life cycle, so that we can identify any issues ASAP. We’ve designed our facilities so that we grow in small rooms, which allows us to inspect our garden daily with much more scrutiny than if we had one large open space where things could slip through the cracks.

What would you say is the biggest accomplishment you’ve had as a grower? Conversely, what would you consider to be your biggest failure as a grower?

I think my biggest accomplishment would be starting at Veritas as the first employee and growing our operations to where we now have over 120 full-time employees. As for failures, I killed the very first flower room that was planted at Veritas. We took over a grow from a failed company and I made the mistake of trusting the existing infrastructure they installed, which led to the loss of the first room I ever planted. That made me realize that if I wanted to succeed at the commercial level, I needed to analyze every step of the process and ensure no detail was overlooked.

Do you have any advice for those who might want to get into growing as a career?

At the moment, there is no standardized way to grow cannabis. As a result, you have to be willing to critique everything you do to see if there is a better way to accomplish the task at hand. Just keep in mind that we’re still developing the best way to succeed in this industry, so keep learning and evaluating as you go, and you’ll succeed no matter where you are.
Interested in Colorado cannabis jobs? Check out our Careers page.

It all starts in the garden with some of the best, most passionate cannabis growers in the game. Far from being a simple matter of sticking seeds in soil and adding water, cannabis cultivation is a complex profession. Fortunately, we’re in good hands with expert cultivators like Andrew Mahon.

With over a decade of experience in the industry, Mahon—who is actually Veritas’ first official employee—currently oversees three of our facilities located across the Denver metro area in his role as head grower. Bringing a background in plant and soil science to his work, he shared that his lifelong affinity for plants made the choice to pursue a career in cannabis cultivation “a natural fit.”

For anyone who’s curious about what it’s like to work with thousands of cannabis plants every day, Mahon has some stories to tell: 

How did you get into this profession? Did you have a mentor?

I learned a lot from several close friends. All of us would experiment through trial and error, then touch base on what did or didn’t work. By and large, we were self-taught through that process.

What’s a typical “day in the life” at your job?

Rarely are my days the same—the priority is maintaining the correct environment in our rooms so that the plants can thrive. I try my best to work alongside the other employees to share my experience and monitor how the facilities are performing. By helping out with the daily tasks necessary to garden operations, like transplanting, staking and manicuring the plants, I can keep a closer eye on the overall health of the garden and aspects like plant health and pest pressure.

How does your growth cycle work? When do you start growing a new harvest?

That's a pretty complicated question. At one facility, we’re harvesting every three days. At another facility, it's roughly every four days. We try to minimize downtime in our rooms, so a room will be reloaded and flowering again only 36 hours after a harvest. To achieve this, we have a master planting schedule. The goal there is to try to ensure plants are ready to flower once a room is harvested while still accounting for the fact that we are dealing with living plants that don’t care that we have a schedule to stay on.

What do you enjoy most about growing premium cannabis flower for Veritas?

I enjoy the challenge of bringing the quality of a small boutique grow to a commercial scale with over 120 full-time employees. Growing cannabis indoors on a commercial scale is complicated. There is no set way of accomplishing that task. Every grow has their own unique methods, and I enjoy fine-tuning our method to achieve the highest quality possible on the largest possible scale.  

What would you say is the most important part of your job? 

Training new employees. We all come to the table with different experiences, so it’s of the utmost importance that we embrace everyone’s background, while at the same time adhering to general techniques and best practices. Especially now that we have grown to become several different facilities, it’s all the more important that the training is consistent to ensure the quality remains the same.

Working with cannabis, it’s easy to nerd out on any number of different facets of the plant. Is there a specific area of focus that particularly appeals to you?

I like helping to manage the rotation of strains at Veritas. We have nearly 130 genetics in rotation at the moment, so it’s fun to balance things. That way, customers can always find something fresh on the Veritas strain menu, whether that be something that is brand new or something they know but haven’t seen in several months.

More Cannabis Careers: Meet the Artist Behind Our Psychedelic-Inspired Veritas Cannabis T-Shirts and Apparel 

Which strains are your favorite to grow and why? 

Anything new. It’s fun learning about new Veritas strains and watching them develop as you try different techniques. We’ve recently taken in some Forbidden Melonz and Apple Fritter that have been fun to play with.

Who goes into ensuring the cannabis you grow is the best possible quality?

Being as hands-on as possible. The only way to ensure quality is to make sure we are constantly monitoring the plants throughout their life cycle, so that we can identify any issues ASAP. We’ve designed our facilities so that we grow in small rooms, which allows us to inspect our garden daily with much more scrutiny than if we had one large open space where things could slip through the cracks.

What would you say is the biggest accomplishment you’ve had as a grower? Conversely, what would you consider to be your biggest failure as a grower?

I think my biggest accomplishment would be starting at Veritas as the first employee and growing our operations to where we now have over 120 full-time employees. As for failures, I killed the very first flower room that was planted at Veritas. We took over a grow from a failed company and I made the mistake of trusting the existing infrastructure they installed, which led to the loss of the first room I ever planted. That made me realize that if I wanted to succeed at the commercial level, I needed to analyze every step of the process and ensure no detail was overlooked.

Do you have any advice for those who might want to get into growing as a career?

At the moment, there is no standardized way to grow cannabis. As a result, you have to be willing to critique everything you do to see if there is a better way to accomplish the task at hand. Just keep in mind that we’re still developing the best way to succeed in this industry, so keep learning and evaluating as you go, and you’ll succeed no matter where you are.
Interested in Colorado cannabis jobs? Check out our Careers page.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of opening a fresh jar of perfectly cured cannabis flower. From the smells of the terpenes, to the sights of glistening trichome crystals and the strain’s hues, to the entourage of effects that are yet to come, our aim is to make every Veritas purchase an experience for the senses. 

It all starts in the garden with some of the best, most passionate cannabis growers in the game. Far from being a simple matter of sticking seeds in soil and adding water, cannabis cultivation is a complex profession. Fortunately, we’re in good hands with expert cultivators like Andrew Mahon.

With over a decade of experience in the industry, Mahon—who is actually Veritas’ first official employee—currently oversees three of our facilities located across the Denver metro area in his role as head grower. Bringing a background in plant and soil science to his work, he shared that his lifelong affinity for plants made the choice to pursue a career in cannabis cultivation “a natural fit.”

For anyone who’s curious about what it’s like to work with thousands of cannabis plants every day, Mahon has some stories to tell: 

How did you get into this profession? Did you have a mentor?

I learned a lot from several close friends. All of us would experiment through trial and error, then touch base on what did or didn’t work. By and large, we were self-taught through that process.

What’s a typical “day in the life” at your job?

Rarely are my days the same—the priority is maintaining the correct environment in our rooms so that the plants can thrive. I try my best to work alongside the other employees to share my experience and monitor how the facilities are performing. By helping out with the daily tasks necessary to garden operations, like transplanting, staking and manicuring the plants, I can keep a closer eye on the overall health of the garden and aspects like plant health and pest pressure.

How does your growth cycle work? When do you start growing a new harvest?

That's a pretty complicated question. At one facility, we’re harvesting every three days. At another facility, it's roughly every four days. We try to minimize downtime in our rooms, so a room will be reloaded and flowering again only 36 hours after a harvest. To achieve this, we have a master planting schedule. The goal there is to try to ensure plants are ready to flower once a room is harvested while still accounting for the fact that we are dealing with living plants that don’t care that we have a schedule to stay on.

What do you enjoy most about growing premium cannabis flower for Veritas?

I enjoy the challenge of bringing the quality of a small boutique grow to a commercial scale with over 120 full-time employees. Growing cannabis indoors on a commercial scale is complicated. There is no set way of accomplishing that task. Every grow has their own unique methods, and I enjoy fine-tuning our method to achieve the highest quality possible on the largest possible scale.  

What would you say is the most important part of your job? 

Training new employees. We all come to the table with different experiences, so it’s of the utmost importance that we embrace everyone’s background, while at the same time adhering to general techniques and best practices. Especially now that we have grown to become several different facilities, it’s all the more important that the training is consistent to ensure the quality remains the same.

Working with cannabis, it’s easy to nerd out on any number of different facets of the plant. Is there a specific area of focus that particularly appeals to you?

I like helping to manage the rotation of strains at Veritas. We have nearly 130 genetics in rotation at the moment, so it’s fun to balance things. That way, customers can always find something fresh on the Veritas strain menu, whether that be something that is brand new or something they know but haven’t seen in several months.

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Which strains are your favorite to grow and why? 

Anything new. It’s fun learning about new Veritas strains and watching them develop as you try different techniques. We’ve recently taken in some Forbidden Melonz and Apple Fritter that have been fun to play with.

Who goes into ensuring the cannabis you grow is the best possible quality?

Being as hands-on as possible. The only way to ensure quality is to make sure we are constantly monitoring the plants throughout their life cycle, so that we can identify any issues ASAP. We’ve designed our facilities so that we grow in small rooms, which allows us to inspect our garden daily with much more scrutiny than if we had one large open space where things could slip through the cracks.

What would you say is the biggest accomplishment you’ve had as a grower? Conversely, what would you consider to be your biggest failure as a grower?

I think my biggest accomplishment would be starting at Veritas as the first employee and growing our operations to where we now have over 120 full-time employees. As for failures, I killed the very first flower room that was planted at Veritas. We took over a grow from a failed company and I made the mistake of trusting the existing infrastructure they installed, which led to the loss of the first room I ever planted. That made me realize that if I wanted to succeed at the commercial level, I needed to analyze every step of the process and ensure no detail was overlooked.

Do you have any advice for those who might want to get into growing as a career?

At the moment, there is no standardized way to grow cannabis. As a result, you have to be willing to critique everything you do to see if there is a better way to accomplish the task at hand. Just keep in mind that we’re still developing the best way to succeed in this industry, so keep learning and evaluating as you go, and you’ll succeed no matter where you are.
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