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Video Tour of Cathedral City’s First Medical Cannabis Cultivation Only Facility

October 19, 2019


[music] this building is 5 flowering rooms and
will kind of go in order right around the exterior or hallway or corridor of
the building right behind you here is room 1 if you put your glasses on or
after I put it after I open put them on whatever you prefer this room is 42 flowering light 42 of
these 1000 watt light bulbs there’s about 360 plants in this room
you’ll notice everything is on these metal rolling benches so what that does
it gives us the ability to maximize our square footage and rather than have
walkways on the side of every row we can have one three-foot Rock walkway that we
put kind of wherever we need it and you can move the whole room at once or any
individual row at once so in all of the rooms you’ll walk in you’ll see the same
idea these Gavita double ended fixtures overhead it’s these ggs rolling ventures
two and a half gallon pots full of cocoa I’ll talk about our substrate later and
these dosa and excuse me these are meta FEM emitters and we’ll talk about all
this stuff when we get to the dosatron component but you can see where we have
we’ve really been able to maximize that square footage we’ve increased our
square footage by our production space by about 45 percent and when Pat’s
charging me based on the size of this room that really helps. Early on when the
plants are young we need them to veg when we say veg that means we need them
to just grow grow grow we don’t want them to flower and so the way that we do
that is keep 18 hours of daylight on them that tells the plant “hey it’s
summertime” it’s time for the days are long it’s time for us to grow grow grow
once they get to a mature size and we’re ready to induce the flower we reduce the
amount of daylight hours that we’ve given them down to eight excuse me
twelve hours per day and I’ve told the plant a summer is ending fall is here
it’s time for us to produce our flower so this room right here is one week into
flower we will harvest this room and seven week you’re just now starting to
see kind of the site the beginning sites of where the buds will form in our other
room how long has it been to see or since I started so when we get into the
clone will tell you now and then it’ll make say I’ll tell you now and it will
make sense afterwards but the life cycle is as follows I have a mother plant that
you’re going to see on the other side right and I cut clones from that plant
two weeks later that plant has roots then I plant that plant into that
bedroom right that bedroom like we just talked about it’s 18 hours of daylight
so that the plants just Roe grow grow they’re going to stay in that bedroom
for three weeks so now we’re five weeks in from the time I cut the clone till
the time that the plants about this big and ready to go into one of the
flowering rooms once I put it in one of the flowering rooms will reduce the
amount of daylight hours it will start its flowering cycle it will harvest
exactly eight weeks after so from the time I cut the clones all the time I
harvest the plant it’s 13 weeks ‘and you can theoretically do more’
and yes if you’re going clones to flower we can actually increase that by having
a veg space where we’re producing all of the start so that the flower rooms right
when I come in and harvest this room and we’ll talk about that on the other side
too I’ll harvest this room I’ll clean it all up all in 24 hours and I’ll refill
it from plants that are in the bedroom they’re already this big and they’ll go
straight into that foot that flower period so these rooms can actually
harvest every eight weeks as long as the veg room is doing its job to fill the
flowering so the reason for the epoxy floors and then you can’t see it on the
walls but this is the germicide and mill the fibers that paint and so when we
come in and harvest the room we chop everything down and we get rid of all of
the old grow medium all this cocoa will go to the compost yard it will get
turned into compost and resold to the landscapers we don’t use it ever again
and then we bring a crew in we pressure wash the tables we disinfect the entire
room and then the last thing that we do is spray a solution of bleach down on
everything the tables the floors the walls a light solution of bleach we wipe
down all of the fans all of the all of the light fixtures themselves get all
wipe down and cleaned up and we plan to do all of that within 48 hours so we
harvest we have 24 hours to get everything out and clean 24 hours to get
it kind of SCANA ties and disinfected at the as the last thing we do to sanitize
as we set off a couple of bug bombs in the room and then the next morning when
we come in the room is clean and sparkling and sterile and it’s ready to
be refilled that eliminates any cross can’t cross contamination if you had any
pathogens mold spores or anything like that from the previous harvest
this is this is just a ec meter so this allows us to test the water that were
that we’re feeding the plants this will tell you how strong your nutrient
solution is what the temperature and the pH is so this is hanging here just a
back check whenever we’re watering the rooms the guys have in their standard
operating procedures to go through and and fill up a little cup with a little
sample that’s coming out and come over here and test it just to make sure that
the dosatrons are working properly and that you’re getting what you what you
think you’re getting will go in the middle here at room two so room two is
so large that it has three doors for egress perspective from an egress point
so we’re kind of entering into the middle of room two it’s the largest room
in the entire building it’s 100 flowering light I’m ‘PS Patients
Collective’ however as California market is changing and have recreational all of
these things you know we’re all trying to adapt and mold for for the future all
of your plants derived from the same mother them no so we have about 30
different genetics and this room have I think about seven of them growing and
you can see right here like a clear example of a defining line right this
this looks much different than this and it is it’s because this is one variety
and that’s a completely different variety this is the largest room but
much like what I was saying in the other room regardless of the size all those
variables stay the same I’m in the same size pot the lights are hung at the same
height the fans work the same way we feed the
same stuff two emitters per plant all of those they’re all those constants remain
the same so the room gets bigger but everything else looks you know more or
less identical all of these fixtures are daisy chained together one of the cool
cool things this is the newest technology in lighting these are Gavita
let lamped they’ve been they’ve been manufacturing horticultural lamps for a
long time they’re Dutch company but this new technology gives you a little low
voltage or cat5 data wire that runs from lamp lamp to lamp lamp and rather than
previously where you had to have contactors and relays turn lights on and
off we have these little controllers hanging on the wall so all of these
lights are daisy chained together and then the last one comes and plugs right
into a controller and that controller has all of these cool built-in features
Auto dam temperature shutdown sunrise sunset so if it gets too warm in the
room the lights will automatically start to dim and if they can’t get back within
the temperature range it will kill the lights all together it’ll send me a text
alert saying hey we’re dimming the lights the lights are going off I can
jump on the camera see exactly what’s going on all my human all of my
thermostats in the building communicate through the network as well so I can see
exactly what’s going on remotely so very very cool the technology has come a long
ways and allowed us to really and going to like the dosatrons we’ll talk about
it over there but you know the technology is great and so we use it and
implement it where feasible or viable automate the things that we can and then
just redirect all of the man-hours to you know the things that you really need
to add these things scale up and as these businesses grow you know
automation is definitely key I’ll show you room three before we talk
about the dosatrons just because the idea here is this is where those rooms
that you were just looking at we’re one week into flower and needed seven more
weeks these rooms right here are four weeks into flower and require excuse me
five weeks into flower and are only three weeks away from their harvest
‘oh yeah much more pungent much more pungent so
obviously depending on the stage of growth or the plants life you know if
they’re budding and getting closer to harvest the aroma becomes much stronger
so we’ve implemented of course all kinds of different measures for aroma or for
odor control we’ve got a carbon filters charcoal filters and then I’ve come to
find out, I didn’t think we did but Sal called me about this last week and I
sent them over we have a negative pressure system in here so the idea is
rather than any air leaking out of the building we’re creating a negative
pressure in the building so that we’re drawing any leak or crack would be
drawing air into the building and that’s to minimize the odor outside this is
what we call the dosatron station and what this is is this is our direct
injection fertigation station so dosatron is not new dosatron has been
making fertigation components for a long long time a couple of things have
happened that are allowing us to be able to utilize these kinds of components one
is that the size of the businesses we’ve scaled up in a way that now we can
justify it now makes sense to utilize economically to utilize these sort of
things – is that dosatrons been around for a
long time they’ve been supplying this equipment cultivation facilities well
horticultural facilities for a long long time and they would not touch cannabis
for a long long time and now that we have licenses and we can show that we
are bonafide businesses and whatnot we have companies like dosatron that are
wanting to get their components in door into our facilities so very very cool so
what happened here really cool I can either hop on my smartphone a tablet or
my laptop or through the old-school controllers Rainbird controllers at the
end down there and I say water room for four six minutes and as soon as I do
that the cylinder valve opens for room for the pump cents a decrease in
pressure and rev up and start charging this line with fresh clean water from
tanks as the water comes through here these are water driven
water-powered I’ll go through and I’ll set again depending on what stage of
growth or what phase the plants are in I’ll say I need 10 milliliters per
gallon of this I need 30 milliliters per this 10 of this right and I set my
injection rate on all of those and as the water comes through it it powers and
drives a syringe basically in there that’s drawing up the appropriate amount
of solution that I’ve called for and it’s mixing it in line
so this basically eliminates the idea of needing to mix any tanks of needing the
hand mix any nutrients we just set it with program for how long we’re watering
the Silla need kicks on the water power drives all the injectors and the plants
get fed this is the nursery or the veg room where all of the starts come from
so we talked earlier about as long as I can produce every time I harvest a room
if I have plants that are already mature I don’t have to wait for three weeks
before I flip them in the room so this is the bedroom this this room will never
have flowers these roof these lights will always be on for 18 hours a day and
these plants will always just grow grow grow so a clone is just a snipping off
of a vegging plant like the plants that are in that room that we just walked
through it’s as simple as taking a branch cutting it at the right spot
where there’s what we call a node dipping it into a routing which is just
like a cloning gel and putting it into this rooting medium this is a rockwool
rooting medium and we leave it in this dome covered this little greenhouse for
about two weeks until you’ll see it starts to pop roots this is the dry room
and that’s what all these trellis netting hanging up overhead is and then
it becomes the trim room so the dry room you know is just these trellis netting
hanging that rows of them and the plants just hang when we go in and harvest the
room we chop the whole plant down and then some priority we don’t take
branches or anything we take the entire plant and we’ll hang it upside down
it’ll stay on the dry room for about ten or twelve days then it’ll come off of
the dry racks and go into the bin and then that’s where we start to
process it that’s where we’ll set the trimmers down here and they’ll start to
hand process everything we are online now the printer hasn’t printed our first
tag yet but we’ll be starting that shortly and will be fully inventoried
getting all of our inventory into the database and getting every plant tagged
in the next 10 days or so so all kinds of components that went into a thermal
printer that prints the custom UPC tags and then the rolling carts with the
scanners and that tie back to the scale so I replay every heart every plant that
will harvest left to scan the plant before we harvest it chop it down bring
it to the scale the scale will record the data into the computer with mr. Kali
the operators here as part of the life safety and Fire Protection to make sure
all the flower rooms and all the quarters has proper exiting pathways and
there was some additional work required to create exit quarters and then we
reviewed all the sprinkler plans to make sure there was sufficient a fire flow to
ensure a suppression of imagine a fire in a dried flower room that’s a lot of
products on fire and this building has sufficient power flow to be able to
suppress a fire any one of those rooms or multiple rooms several things I mean
it starts from the outside of the building with visibility I mean you’ll
notice we cleared out all the landscaping all the overgrown shrubs and
things like that and so the idea that there’s no real dark spots around the
building we light the buildings up really really well at night and we’ve
eliminated any little alcoves and things like that and then of course security
cameras are extensive we have about 48 cameras on the property here all of them
go back to a DVR burglar alarms as well as panic buttons inside of the building
the employees have been trained some of them managers have key fobs on them that
directly go to make the burglar armed and then as well as a couple of
remote hidden panic buttons in the building so we’re monitored through a
burglar alarm system through the cameras the appearance of the building and then
of course personnel we have security guards will be around the clinic this is
a little different also in a dispensary situation you know yes we have a lot of
products growing in there but guess what right now I know what it takes to
harvest that room it’s how do you need about eleven guys in eight hours. ‘other
than your employees, there’s no reason for people to be coming and going from this…’
no no no I’d like a dispensary exactly we’re not open to the public
it’s not you know any place that anyone who’s uninvited would ever find
themselves and I think that makes I think that out from the outside of the
building it’s clear – we don’t have signage right if we’re not a business
that’s open but I think if you you know had thought that you were coming to what
was here before it’s stone and tile place or something I think if you
thought you were coming there would only take a quick second for you to realize
probably that you’re not there yeah so again we don’t own the property so there
was no initial real estate investment so the amount of work is extensive in the
planning that go in engineering that goes into it I we’ve upgraded the
service here to be we have 3000 amps of three-phase 208 power the switchgear in
the service upgrade the customer responsibility along with six six digits
six figures so it’s a massive up taking to to you know bring all the
infrastructure up to where we’re needed it was it was about six and a half seven
months of just full-on construction and that ran simultaneously to us going
through the conditional use permit process and the licensing process with
the city this building is about 9,500 square feet
cultivation space to 6,500 square feet that’s of course how the city calculates
their tax and what they’re going to what we’re going to pay is based off of
actual cultivation so we got about 6500 square feet
generating and paying the city about 8,500 dollars a month right now and have
been for the last three months I was born and raised in the desert
third generation palm springs been here forever my family’s been here a long
long time my roots are really really deep here so.. ‘are you related to the guy the street is named after?’ I am I am my grandpa here
yes like we’re we’re the descendants of
Nellie Coffman so I’m Nellie Coffman’s great-great grandson our family’s been
here since the beginning honestly I can’t thank you guys enough for coming
through it means a lot to me that you guys that we can be here doing this and
you guys have enough respect

1 Comment

  • Reply Gary Gray September 4, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    nice presentation……

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