CALIFORNIA: The Coachella Valley Cannabis Alliance Network (CVCAN) and its second annual cultivation conference this past weekend in Desert Springs CA painted a very positive picture of the state of cannabis cultivation.
A series of panel conversations combined with a selection of vendors pointed to Desert Springs and the surrounding area becoming the heartbeat of the indoor grow sector for California. The attendees were also offered a tour of the grow facility used by CannaDescent, one of the more exciting brands in California, with a look at their grow rooms, dry rooms and the hand roll departments. As part of that tour the guests were shown a video that detailed CannaDescent’s expansion plans to increase the amount of cannabis they’re producing with added growing space.
One of the hot buttons at the conference was when will California follow Massachusetts with establishing regulations impacting the amount and costs of electricity and water that cultivators will be able to use. While those costs are high, the Coachella Valley’s weather provides an ideal setting for producers utilizing alternative sources for electricity. According to Jonathan Cachat, PHd, CTO of SunGrown Zero, a proprietary hybrid-light cultivation facility powered by natural sunlight, “the free ride for cultivators and their power use is over. We definitely see a trend in the adult use legalized states that are limiting and restricting the levels of electricity for cannabis cultivators and that is one reason the trailer that demonstrates how SunGrown Zero works was such a hit at CVCAN.”
For all the attendees, the highlight of the event came when Desert Springs Mayor, Scott Matas, praised the influx of tax revenue the cannabis industry is producing for his city and their budget projections for fiscal 2019 including new schools, parks and police officers saying they couldn’t do it without them. He anticipates the new Coachillin Office Park, which will be entirely devoted to cannabis businesses, will be a major draw for all kinds of development. If ony that message could get to Washington DC!