Name: Marlon Mallas
Location: Evart, Mich.
Title: General Manager, Cultivation, Lume Cannabis Co.
One word to describe your cultivation style: Innovative
Indoor, outdoor, greenhouse or a combination: Indoor
Can you share a bit of your background and how you and your company got to the present day?
The base of my knowledge and experience in cannabis came from working with a biopharmaceutical company out of Nevada that developed and patented compounds derived from cannabis for use as treatments and therapeutics for certain ailments and diseases. We also grew cannabis on a commercial scale through tissue culture and micropropagation, a process designed to preserve genetics and remove unwanted diseases and infections in plants. It was an amazing experience to work with a science-based company involved in cannabis, and it provided a great foundation for future endeavors.
As Michigan was gearing up to legalize cannabis recreationally, I was brought on board by a very ambitious start-up cannabis company. At the time, the company had only one retail store and was in the process of building their first cultivation. We finished construction of the cultivation and opened the doors with less than a dozen people. Fast forward 18 months, we now have 14 stores and will be opening many more before the end of the year. We are also opening the doors at our second cultivation, which is one of the most advanced cannabis cultivations ever built. As a whole, we now employ almost 500 people.
What tool or software in your cultivation space can you not live without?
Oof, that’s a loaded question. We’ve custom-built a prototype grow room from the mechanics to the fertigation system to the structure and everything in between. We custom designed the software that runs and tracks everything in the room. We can measure the moisture in the