As New York prepares for the opening of the first recreational cannabis dispensaries upstate, PharmaCann General Manager of Cultivation Jake Warsavage is excited about the opportunities that the adult-use market brings for companies that have been serving the medical cannabis community for the past six years. "We predict a massive market for New York," said Warsavage.
Currently, 36 retail licenses have been approved in the state – four of them in the Capital Region – and Warsavage shared that PharmaCann has started expanding threefold and is ramping up its production to more than 40 different strains in preparation for the growing market.
According to a new regulation by the Office of Cannabis Management, sustainable cultivation practices and limited energy utilization are now key focuses when looking at the adult-use market. PharmaCann is not only accommodating them but also has a vision of being sustainable for the future, especially for an industry that does or can use a lot of energy.
"That is being completely done for wastewater retention, for nutrient retention, and how we're going to be able to remove that and storage properly and for our heating and cooling," Warsavage said. "It's going to be a complete state-of-the-art facility to make sure that we're [keeping] costs low and not using a lot of energy."
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