In 2012 people celebrated in the streets of Washington and Colorado as after years of struggle recreational cannabis had become legal in those states. After more than two years, the initiatives are proving to be successful. Even industries like glass blowing and grow shops are seeing a boom in business. In some cases, new types of businesses like those focusing on marijuana grow room design are showing up. The economies in states that have legalized are booming, people are flocking there as unemployment rates drop to extremely low levels. Thousands of people around the country are finding a completely new, and legitimate industry to be passionate about. Cities like Denver have stores seemingly on every block selling cannabis to customers 21 and up. People travel from other states and countries to just to get a little taste of the freedom. Though competition is stiff, you can still be successful if you’re thinking of opening your own store. The starting point is going to be a professional, organized grow room. Here are six steps to get off on the right foot:
1. Make it Air-Tight
One of the most important things to your crop is the conditions of your grow room. You want to make sure that you have the correct size room for your grow, and you want to make it air-tight. This will make it easier to control the environment inside. Things like temperature and CO2 regulation shouldn’t be a chore. If you don’t have air leaking out or in at unexpected places, it won’t be a problem.
2. Light-Tight As Well
At times this can be even more important than having an air-tight room. You want to avoid having your light reach your plants when it’s supposed to be dark at all costs. Having light hit them, even a little bit, can cause an inferior product to be produced. There are many things that can go wrong when light hits your plants at the wrong time. You want to make sure that paneling of your room keeps light at, and that there aren’t any spots where it may leak in.
3. Be Ready For Change
Hopefully you’ll be putting out a fantastic product at your cannabis store or stores. If you are, you may find a need to increase the space in your grow fairly quickly. You’ll want to consistently meet the demand of your customers, and it’s not out of the question to open multiple locations. If your indoor grow room can easily be added to you’ll be in great shape. One way to make sure that’s possible is to build a modular growing room inside of the building where you’re housing your grow. Of course it’s a big construction job so you may need to outsource the work.
4. Choose a Good Location
First of all you don’t want your grow room to be too far away from your actual store. You don’t want to be worrying about transportation costs, and if something runs out of stock you want to be able to get to the store with new supply quickly. Additionally, you want to be in a safe and secure location. Marijuana is still a valuable product, even though it’s legal. There is definitely a criminal element out there that wouldn’t mind stealing your product and offloading it on the black market. Make sure you choose a location with low risk for burglaries.
5. Keep the Room Clean
Pests like spider mites, along with molds, are the bane of the marijuana grower’s existence. You can cut down on these minor disasters by keeping a very clean grow room. It’s also important to have a professional appearance when there are outsiders looking at your grow operation. Cleanliness is important to the overall quality of your product. Going hand in hand with cleanliness is organization. You don’t want to mix up and mislabel strains, as it could easily result in unsatisfied customers. Remember people are looking for particular effects from certain strains. If you mislabel they may not get what they’re seeking.
6. Make Sure It’s Up to Code and Meets Regulations
You don’t want to delay the opening of your store because you failed to build your room probably or you missed a certain step of set up. These things are very real possibilities though, and it happens to many store owners. You can help avoid this by hiring a professional grow room builder who know what they are doing when it comes to construction. Not only does your grow room need to meet certain building codes, but it will have to fall in line with state and local regulations as well. Have a professional make sure it does for you, so you can focus on other things.
I hope you take these six steps for a successful grow room into consideration as you continue on your journey to be a successful cannabis store owner.