As smaller California growers continue to ramp up to thrive in a rapidly changing marketplace, as Maine caregivers start planning for adult-use legalization, and as smaller, medical cultivators in Massachusetts and other soon-to-follow states (namely Michigan and North Dakota) face adult-use legalization, learning from the experiences of other cultivators is essential. In light of that, Cannabis Business Times is pleased to share this firsthand insight into the life of a once-small-scale grower who now runs a sizable, commercial cultivation operation in Oregon.
My name is Max, but you might know me by my alias, One Eye Max. I lost my eye at age 12 in a stick fight. In 1999, at the age of 16, I became one of the youngest licensed medical marijuana card holders in the United States. I have been growing cannabis legally ever since.
Today, I am the working owner and production manager at Aroma Cannabis, a Tier 2 Licensed cultivation facility located in Canby, Ore. We operate in a fully automated, commercial greenhouse that is roughly 12,000 square feet. We harvest about 1,600 plants every 30 days and have up to 9,000 plants in the greenhouse at any given time.
Learning to grow kind bud is crucial, but it’s a small piece of the pie. The years I spent cultivating prior to expanding into a larger-scale operation gave me great confidence, but working with my partners to design a business plan served as a crash course in business, to say the least. There was a lot I didn’t know. In hindsight, there were some things I would have done differently. To help you avoid the same mistakes that I made, I am thrilled to share my humble experience and tips on scaling from a home grow or other small-scale grow to a commercial production