VERTS
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Grape OZ, Layer Cake, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Wolf Pac - Pueblo West
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Milky Weigh, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle
Wolf Pac Cannabis Federal
Apple Fritter, Cookies N Cream, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle
5280 Weedery MED E 45th 402-01237
Apple Fritter, Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream, GG4, Garlic Breath, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops
A Cut Above - Springs med
Apple Fritter, Colorado Cool Aid, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Gelato 41, Scooby Snax, Tart Pops
A Cut Above - rec
GG4, Gas Tanker, Ice Cream Cake, OG Sin, Sunset Drive
BACKCOUNTRY CANNABIS COMPANY
Layer Cake, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Big Medicine Cannibissary
Cookies N Cream, Scooby Snax
CANNACO
Dosidos, GG4, LA Kush Cake, Scooby Snax, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
COLORADO BEST BUDZ LLC
Bananaghani, Colorado Cool-Aid, Dosidos, Ice Cream Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Sundae Float, Tart Pops
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY BROADWAY
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Strawberry Flame, Veritas Cookies
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY KALAMATH
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Papaya Cake, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Strawberry Flame, Veritas Cookies
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY YALE
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, GG4, Garlic Breath, Papaya Cake, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Strawberry Flame, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
Canna Cabinet
Apple Fritter, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Dosidos, GG4, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, LA Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, OG Sin, Purple Papaya Punch, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Strawberry Flame, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
CannaCo II
Cookies N Cream, Grape OZ, LA Kush Cake, Sundae Float, Tart Pops
Cannabicare
Apple Fritter, GG4, Gelato 41, Super Sour Lemon
Cherry Peak
Apple Fritter, Cherry Hills, Colorado Cool-Aid, Cookies N Cream, Dosidos, GG4, Garlic Breath, LA Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Strawberries N Cream, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
Cherry Peak MED
Gelato 41
Cookies Denver
Cookies N Cream, Ice Cream Cake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Dabbington LLC
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Milky Weigh, Slap N Tickle
EUFLORA Aspen
Papaya Cake
EUFLORA Buckley Rd
Purple Papaya Punch, Tart Pops
EUFLORA Gun Club Rd
Purple Papaya Punch, Tart Pops
EUFLORA Longmont
Tart Pops
Elevated
Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Super Sour Lemon
Emerald Fields - Glendale
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Grape OZ, LA Kush Cake, Layer Cake, OG Sin, Papaya Cake, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
Emerald Fields - Manitou
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Dosidos, GG4, Garlic Breath, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, LA Kush Cake, OG Sin, Papaya Cake, Scooby Snax, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
Freedom Road Garden Main LLC
Apple Fritter, Cookies N Cream, Grape OZ, LA Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce
GREEN WORLD
Cookies N Cream, GG4, OG Sin, Papaya Cake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher
GREENFIELDS
GG4, Papaya Cake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Greenfields LLC
Gelato 41
Growlife
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool Aid, Cookies N Cream, GG4, Gelato 41, Scooby Snax
Herbal Healing
Apple Fritter, Colorado Cool Aid, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Gelato 41, Scooby Snax, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops
High Plainz Strains 2
Apple Fritter, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Dosidos, GG4, Garlic Breath, Grape OZ, Koko Puffs, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
Higher Grade 38th
Colorado Cool Aid, Gelato 41, Sour Diesel, Tart Pops
Higher Grade Medical (at Galena)
Colorado Cool Aid, Gelato 41, Tart Pops
Higher Grade REC
Apple Fritter, Milky Weigh, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher
Karma
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Milky Weigh, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
Kinfolk Farms
GG4, OG Sin, Papaya Cake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher
LACONTES - Washington
Apple Fritter, Layer Cake, Scooby Snax, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce
LIGHTSHADE - Sheridan
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Milky Weigh, Papaya Cake, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
LIVE GREEN - SHERIDAN
Apple Fritter, GG4, Garlic Breath, Gas Tanker, Sage N Sour, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Veritas Cookies
LOVA - Aurora
Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce
LOVA - Colfax
Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Milky Weigh, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce
LOVA - Downtown
Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Milky Weigh, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce
LOVA - Edgewater
Garlic Breath, Milky Weigh, Slurricane, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce
MAGNOLIA ROAD - Boulder
GG4
MEDICINE MAN - Aurora
GG4, OG Sin, Papaya Cake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher
Maikoh Holistics
Ice Cream Cake, Scooby Snax, Slurricane
Makena
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle
Makena Dispensary
Apple Fritter, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle
Medicine Man Longmont - REC
GG4, OG Sin, Papaya Cake, Sunset Drive, Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS ASPEN
Apple Fritter, Garlic Breath, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, OG Sin, Papaya Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Scooby Snax, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher, Wookie Fruit
NATIVE ROOTS BOULDER
Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake
NATIVE ROOTS DILLON
Bananaghani, Papaya Cake, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
NATIVE ROOTS EDGEWATER
Dosidos, Papaya Cake, Sundae Float, The Sauce
NATIVE ROOTS Frisco - rec
Dosidos, GG4, Garlic Breath, Milky Weigh, OG Sin, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
NATIVE ROOTS Grant St. REC
Bananaghani, Garlic Breath, Papaya Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Tart Pops
NATIVE ROOTS LITTLETON
Bananaghani, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Scooby Snax, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
NATIVE ROOTS LONGMONT
Milky Weigh, OG Sin, Scooby Snax, Wookie Fruit
NATIVE ROOTS SANTA FE
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Papaya Cake
NATIVE ROOTS VAIL
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Dosidos, Ice Cream Cake, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
NATURES MEDICINE SALIDA
Cookies N Cream, Grape OZ
Native Roots Colorado
Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
Native Roots Grant Street (Medical)
Apple Fritter, Tart Pops
Native Roots Highlands
Garlic Breath, Scooby Snax, Tart Pops
Native Roots Littleton MED
GG4, Garlic Breath, Sour Diesel, Tart Pops
Native Roots Longmont
Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops
Native Roots Tower
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Dosidos, Grape OZ, Koko Puffs, Papaya Cake, Scooby Snax, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
Native Roots Trinidad
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, OG Sin, Scooby Snax, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
Native Roots Vail MED
Garlic Breath, Scooby Snax, Sour Diesel
Nature's Medicine Northglenn Medical
Apple Fritter, Cherry Diesel, Scooby Snax
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (44th)
Dosidos, GG4, Grape OZ, Milky Weigh, Slap N Tickle, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (EVANS)
Dosidos, GG4, Grape OZ, Milky Weigh, Slap N Tickle, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
PIG N' WHISTLE
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, OG Sin, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Sunset Drive, Wedding Crasher
Pure Fire Cannabis
GG4, OG Sin
RJJ Academy
Cookies N Cream, Sour Diesel
RJJ Frisco
Apple Fritter, Cookies N Cream
RJJ Tejon
Apple Fritter, Cookies N Cream, Scooby Snax
RJJ Tower
Apple Fritter, GG4, Scooby Snax, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops
ROCKY MOUNTAIN - RIDGWAY
Apple Fritter, LA Kush Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce
ROCKY ROAD AURORA
Cookies N Cream, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Ice Cream Cake, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Veritas Cookies
ROOTS RX BASALT
Sueno, Tart Pops
ROOTS RX EAGLE/VAIL
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, GG4, Garlic Breath, Ice Cream Cake, LA Kush Cake, Slap N Tickle, Tart Pops, White 99
ROOTS RX EDWARDS
Bananaghani, Garlic Breath, Purple Papaya Punch, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Flame, Veritas Cookies
ROOTS RX GUNNISON
Sueno, Tart Pops
ROOTS RX Leadville
Bananaghani, Garlic Breath, Kush Mints, Sage N Sour
Rocky Mountain Cannabis - Denver
Apple Fritter, Cookies N Cream, Koko Puffs, Kush Mints, Purple Papaya Punch, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Company Fraser
Apple Fritter, LA Kush Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Craig
Apple Fritter, LA Kush Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Dinosaur
Apple Fritter, LA Kush Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Naturita
Cherry Hills, LA Kush Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Rocky Mountain Georgetown
Apple Fritter, Purple Papaya Punch, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Rocky Road Remedies Thornton
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, GG4, Garlic Breath, Milky Weigh, Papaya Cake, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
Roots RX Aspen
Sueno, Sunset Drive
SIMPLY PURE
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
SOLACE MEDS LLC - FC
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Ice Cream Cake, OG Sin, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Veritas Cookies, Wookie Fruit
Solace Meds - WR
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Ice Cream Cake, Milky Weigh, OG Sin, Purple Papaya Punch, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
Solace Meds Broadway
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, GG4, OG Sin, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Veritas Cookies
Solace Meds Colfax
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, OG Sin, Slap N Tickle, Veritas Cookies
Solace Meds FOCO Medical
Apple Fritter, Cookies N Cream, GG4, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Super Sour Lemon
Standing Akimbo
Apple Fritter, GG4, Garlic Breath, Gelato 41, Sour Diesel, Super Sour Lemon
THE FARM
GG4, Sunset Drive
THE JOINT BY CANNABIS
Dosidos, Garlic Breath, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
THE TUMBLEWEED DISPENSARY Parachute
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Dosi Sherb, Dosidos, LA Kush Cake, Papaya Cake, Sage N Sour, Tart Pops, The Sauce
The 404
Garlic Breath, Papaya Cake, Sundae Float, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, The Sauce
The Dispo (REC)
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Colorado Cool-Aid, Cookies N Cream, Dosi Sherb, Dosidos, GG4, Garlic Breath, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Kush Mints, LA Kush Cake, Layer Cake, OG Sin, Papaya Cake, Strawberry Flame, Sueno, Sundae Float, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Tumbleweed Carbondale
GG4, Garlic Breath, Slap N Tickle
Tumbleweed Debeque
Apple Fritter, Cookies N Cream, Grape OZ, LA Kush Cake, Papaya Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Tumbleweed Edwards
Papaya Cake, Sunset Drive
Tumbleweed Frisco
Apple Fritter, Grape OZ, LA Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
Twin Peaks - REC
Apple Fritter, Dosidos, Papaya Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Sunset Drive, Veritas Cookies

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.

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.