Growing Marijuana: What you Need to Know

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With the growing, selling, and consumption of marijuana being legalized in many states in the US, it has become a lucrative investment for those who are forward-thinking enough to get into the market early.

There are now so many more studies showing the benefits of marijuana-derived products like CBD and THC, that more people are willing to try this alternative medicine for themselves.

At first, it might seem like growing and selling marijuana products is a simple thing to do, but there is a lot to consider before you plant your first seed. We are going to go over some things that you need to know about before you start growing marijuana.

Legal Knowledge and Requirements

If you want to start a business growing cannabis, you need to consider the legalities before doing so. Firstly, is it legal in the state in which you reside? There are 1o states where marijuana is legal and more could follow soon.

Some states allow recreational and medical use, but they do not allow the production of commercialization. The states that allow the legal distribution of marijuana are Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, Colorado, California, and Alaska.

To sell legally, you need to get a license from the state authorities where you live. The basic requirements include a business format, a tax ID number, DBA filing, general business license, sales tax permit, and various other permissions particular to individual states.

Once you have all of this in order, you can start producing marijuana.

Choosing the Right Place to Grow

Marijuana plants, just like all other living things, need the right environment to flourish. There are many strains of cannabis that have different growing preferences, and they have different effects when smoked or ingested. Now, it is easy to order seeds online with the exact description of the product and what is required to grow it successfully.

It is also important to note that even in states where selling and growing is sanctioned there are restrictions as to where the growing can be done. There are usually restrictions about how close it is to a school, park, library, or other public areas.

You have two options when thinking about where to grow, outdoor or indoor.

Outdoor Growing

When considering an outdoor facility, you have to look into your local state requirements. Most states require a fence or boundary around the plantation with minimum height requirements. Also, some states limit the plant height to 10 feet tall.

With outdoor plants, you have to consider the climate. Is there enough sunlight during the average day? Is there too much rain, snow, or other extreme weather conditions? These are all things to consider when planning outdoor cultivation.

Indoor Growing

Indoor facilities are generally considered a better option because you can control the growing environment much more precisely. However, the costs of setting up an indoor grow can be prohibitive.

You must consider temperature, humidity, lighting, irrigation, growing mediums, and pest control. If you get all these things right, you can expect to produce a lot of quality cannabis and make substantial profits.

Cost-Effective Production

When running a business, it is important to be as efficient as possible. To attract more clients, having a reputation as an environmentally friendly grower is important,  too.

It is a good idea to invest in solar panels to power lighting, watering systems, and your other production energy requirements. You should also recycle water and install a rainwater collection system to supply your plants. A few years after the initial capital outlay, your reduced energy and water bills will increase the profitability of your business.

Other Considerations

Above is a general overview of what you need to know about growing cannabis. However, selling is another challenge. You have to consider the security of your plants, proper employee training, and background checking, packaging, transportation, product testing, and marketing.

The Bottom Line

Producing marijuana is a growing business that is set to progress further as more states legalize the production and sales of cannabis. It requires some effort and planning in the early stages, but having the first-mover advantage will ensure the best possible chance of success. Now is a great time to consider this pioneering industry.