Coachella Valley Is Cultivation Central For California Indoor

By Stu Zakim

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.

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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.

“the free ride for cultivators and their power use is over"

“the free ride for cultivators and their power use is over”

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.”

 

attendees were also offered a tour of the grow facility used by CannaDescent, one of the more exciting brands in California

attendees were also offered a tour of the grow facility used by CannaDescent, one of the more exciting brands in California

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!

 

Women Grow Launches WomenGrow TV With LOOT Interactive On Twitch TV

Exclusive Programming, Networking Events, Interviews & Behind-the-Scenes at 2018 Leadership Summit

COLORADO: Women Grow, the cannabis industry’s largest professional networking organization, is expanding its media presence with its new channel on Twitch.tv. The online channel will officially launch during the Women Grow 2018 Leadership Summit in Denver this February 1 and 2.  WomenGrow TV (WGTV) will feature exclusive 2018 Summit content and programming that has never been available to the public. The channel will bring original programming featuring women across the country and Canada in leadership positions in the canna-industry, as well as exclusive content from Women Grow meetings & events–access previously only granted to Women Grow members.

“We are excited to announce WomenGrow TV in partnership with LOOT Interactive; this channel will be dedicated to the cannabis industry, and led by women,” said Kristina Garcia, CEO of Women Grow. “Our channel will provide viewers an inside look to programming focused on cannabis startups, wellness, one-on-one interviews with industry leaders, Women Grow Signature Networking meetings, and more. WomenGrow TV will be the first channel fully dedicated to women and women led businesses in the cannabis industry.”

WGTV is a natural fit for Twitch,” said LOOT Interactive’s Managing Director, David Sterling. “We’re thrilled to help bring Women Grow to Twitch’s global audience and help empower entrepreneurs with female-oriented content about the cannabis industry that’s both relevant and entertaining.” In addition to being the development house for the Twitch PlayStation app, LOOT Interactive is a publisher and developer of video games, OTT apps, VR experiences, and high-profile Twitch channels. Clients include Twitch, Red Bull Media House, the NBA, NHL, MLB, Buzz Aldrin, the Harold Lloyd Estate, and many more.

WomenGrow TV soft launched in early December 2017  and currently has  programming  streaming on its platform from 2017 Leadership Summit Lightning Talks, popular video archives, and personal profiles of Women Grow’s leadership team.  The full content of Leadership Summit’s signature “Lightning Talks” will be made available following the completion of the 2018 event.

Twitch is a live streaming video platform owned by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, launched in June 2011.

To learn more about the Women Grow 2018 Leadership Summit or to purchase tickets, visit womengrow.com/summit/. All events will be held at The Westin Denver Downtown, centrally located at 1672 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO.