LAS VEGAS – At the same time that Nevada is launching a growing recreational marijuana industry, California is trying to keep up with what is expected to be a multi-billion dollar cannabis industry of its own soon.
Just two hours from Las Vegas, a California company is building a cannabis campus that will have enough cultivation space for a quarter of a million marijuana plants. The facility is being built to help keep up with the continued demand for marijuana in the golden state.
Drew Milburn is the chief operating officer of the Vertical Companies. The name comes from being vertically-integrated, meaning they’re involved in every step of marijuana production from when it’s just seeds all the way to it sells as a finished product.
“This is the extraction center here in Needles. Once the extraction is done and you’ve actually pulled the product off of the flower, then it goes through various stages of distillation,” Milburn said.
Vertical’s 10,000-square-foot production facility has been up and running for a few months. But they’re retooling the rooms to ramp up production by as much as 500 percent at each of the 16 cultivation buildings come online.
There’s a purple glow eliminating from high-intensity energy-efficient LED lights in each of the 24 growing rooms inside of the first cultivation building, which is set to start growing cannabis any day now.
As each building comes online, work will begin on the next one.
When the entire project is built out, there will be some 640,000-square-feet of cultivation space, that would make the facility one of, if not the largest cultivation facilities in the entire southwest.
“We’ll have probably several hundred brands at the end of the day,” said Todd Kaplan, CEO, Vertical Companies.
Kaplan says the cannabis campus will be the center of