Cannabis Consulting Services Since 2017
Cannabis Consulting – Expertise to Navigate a Regulated Market
The challenges of operating a business in Oregon’s regulated cannabis market are unique and complex.
To solve these problems, we offer assistance to Oregon recreational cannabis businesses at all stages of operation. Our knowledge and expertise in real estate acquisition, land use and permitting, regulatory compliance, business strategy, commercial agriculture, and industry best practices help ensure the success of our clients in this new and evolving enterprise.
We focus on the most efficient and least-costly production method for cannabis cultivation, involving the integration of genetics, production methods and environmental controls that result in predictable and consistent harvests. As a result, our clients are ideally positioned to thrive as the cannabis industry matures.
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We can help you locate and acquire real estate for your cannabis business through our affiliation with an Oregon-licensed real estate principal broker. We can help you design and implement a quick and efficient build-out, and provide cultivation advice and compliance assistance along the way. Our experience in cannabis licensing and the cannabis industry as a whole can help you avoid the roadblocks.
How we do it
It’s all about the location. We partner with an Oregon-licensed real estate principal broker to help find the right property for your unique cannabis business through careful analysis of commercial real estate markets, zoning classifications, and sensitive use restrictions. Other professionals are ready to assist when needed, including attorneys and water right examiners. Our team has numerous Oregon properties on contract and now available for lease.
Our focus on business and financial planning is designed to create a strong foundation for your successful enterprise. Choosing the right cannabis business structure is critical as local and state regulations continue to evolve. We have assisted other clients to organize their businesses in ways that meets current law, promotes organizational goals, and provides flexibility to change with the regulatory or business environment.
Dealing with peculiar local requirements and state licensing is often complicated and fraught with unexpected hurdles. We’ve tackled this before, so we know it can be a thorny process. Our team is highly knowledgeable in Oregon recreational marijuana general requirements (OLCC rules) and related local, state and federal regulations. We help our clients acquire licenses for recreational cannabis operations throughout Oregon, and our assistance extends to all stages of the application, permitting and final licensing processes.
Our cultivation systems are designed to deliver optimum results. We offer facility design, construction management, equipment procurement, and operational planning as part of our cannabis consulting services. We are not licensed to be your general contractor, but we can collaborate with your builder and act as the on-site construction project manager to ensure that your facilities are accurately-budgeted, value-engineered, and purpose-built to the highest standards for cannabis production.
Cannabis producers must find ways to reduce labor and input costs, and increase crop turn and yield. Innovation is mandatory these days, but ever more critical as the cannabis market matures and becomes more competitive. Successful, compliant operations require integrating the right technology at the right time, such as environmental control systems, seed-to-sale tracking systems, fertigation systems, and intelligent lighting technology. Our team can help you evaluate and source best-in-class industry products for your operation.
We really can help
Our consulting team is led by an adept cannabis industry insider with experience in three states, Donally Harrison. He is a detail-oriented and dependable leader, highly qualified to design cultivation facilities, oversee entire operations, train and supervise personnel, implement horticultural best practices, establish compliance programs, develop standard operating procedures, and ensure product tracking from seed to sale
He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas-Pan American. He was a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, immigration law specialist, and legal case manager. Donally worked as a technical writer for the U.S. District Court in Omaha, Nebraska, where he researched and drafted legal documents and wrote complex operating procedures. He is proficient in regulatory compliance, technical writing, document review, contract drafting, legal research, and negotiations.
Donally graduated from Oaksterdam University, the first and premiere cannabis-centric educational institution covering the entire production and retail processes. Following his five years of working in California’s medical marijuana business operating a large-scale compliant indoor warehouse grow, he became a Master Gardener at an Eastern Washington licensed I-502 (Tier 3) producer-processor facility.
Since arriving in Oregon, Donally launched Calyx Factory, a large-scale greenhouse production and processing facility, in anticipation of future OLCC recreational marijuana licensing. He advised other licensed cannabis businesses on regulatory compliance and best practices, as well as consulted on water rights and land use compatibility matters.
As General Manager of Eugene Cultivators, he developed and managed a large-scale licensed indoor commercial marijuana production facility, where his broad oversight included the entire facility build-out and cultivation management.
Donally is pursuing his Oregon real estate broker license, while simultaneously assisting Oregon cannabis companies in the areas of Real Estate Acquisition, Business Planning and Strategy, Licensing and Compliance, and Cultivation Management
Donally is a managing partner for Firehorse Trading Co., LLC where he participates in the day-to-day planning, strategy development and management of our operation in Springfield, OR.
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Can you help with real estate acquisition?
Yes, let us handle all your real estate search and negotiations. We partner with an Oregon-licensed real estate principal broker to help find the right location for your unique cannabis business through careful analysis of commercial real estate markets, zoning classifications, and sensitive use restrictions. Other professionals are ready to assist when needed, including attorneys and water right examiners. Our team has numerous Oregon properties on contract and now available for lease.
Can you assist with facility design and build-out?
Yes, we offer facility design, construction management and operations planning as part of our cannabis consulting services. We are not licensed to be your general contractor, but we can collaborate with your builder and act as the on-site construction project manager to ensure that your facilities are accurately-budgeted, value-engineered, and purpose-built for cannabis production. Modern cultivation facilities require keen attention to detail with regard to sanitary standards, production areas, security, and access control. Each client presents a unique situation, but we ultimately plan to design you a smart facility that considers all business, financial and physical parameters. We intend that facilities are built to the highest standards for cannabis production; particularly specification and installation of grow equipment to deliver optimum results. This facilitates a seamless transition from construction to cultivation, and ensures a smooth business opening.
Can you help write a business plan for my company?
Yes, we engage with a team of professional writers to create strong business plans that separate your cannabis business from the rest of the pack. Our experts prepare business plans that incorporate well-informed research, creative business value propositions, convincing sales and marketing narratives, and solid financial projections. These business fundamentals work equally well in uncertain financial times, regardless of industry. Our business plan writing team has created plans with these enduring principles for numerous clients, resulting in a remarkable record of business successes. When you select our team to write your plan, you will work directly with experts who will research your business and its market, develop pro forma financial statements, write your business plan, and provide advice and guidance throughout the process.
Do you have hands-on experience in real operating facilities?
Yes, our team has decades of specialized knowledge as large-scale cultivators, facility managers, and compliance specialists. Over the years, we have designed over 50,000 square feet of plant canopy, grown thousands of plants, and helped implement many different types of growing styles. We have performed this work in California, Washington, and Oregon. Our cannabis expertise is rooted and perfected in actual operating facilities, enabling us to advise our clients on best practices that are demonstrated and proven in real-life situations. With so many choices, it’s important to make good decisions and stay the course. Our strategy is simple: We apply proven commercial agriculture practices, methodologies and technology to help our clients on a straight path to success.
What other services do you offer?
We can assist our clients in one specific area or provide comprehensive cultivation management solutions. We partner with you to design the most efficient and profitable cultivation processes, with consideration for plant genetics, plant nutrition, production scheduling, integrated pest management, data collection, operational procedures, staffing, and quality control and compliance.
How important is innovation and technology to cannabis production?
We keep you informed about the latest in production technology, such as vertical racking systems, space-saving rolling tables, and adaptive LED lighting controllers. Our recommendations include the most sustainable, innovative, and cutting-edge technology to help automate your cultivation operation and benefit your long-term competitiveness. With so many choices, we help you sort through the clutter to determine which product opportunities are ready to adopt, which capital expenditures can be delayed, and which new products be postponed for future consideration. Our success in this area stems from constant research and testing in actual cultivation environments.
What about compliance and Metrc training?
Our philosophy on compliance is simple: Good compliance means diligent hard work and monitoring, and always making a good faith effort to prevent a violation. This begins with developing an employee training plan that covers OLCC rules, as well as company policies from your employee handbook. We can develop and implement a full compliance program – including standard operating procedures (“SOPs”), policies, handbooks, and training – that will provide documented proof of your efforts to conduct business in accordance with applicable regulations. We help our clients prioritize compliance risks by addressing key areas that can result in license sanctions: Cultivation, Pesticides, Inventory Control, Quality Assurance, and Security. Strong compliance efforts are viewed favorably with state and local regulators, and can help to mitigate less serious offenses in the event of any technical violations. We also offer facility safety assessments, inventory auditing (Metrc), and staff training. Our team has advanced, hands-on experience to teach clients how to successfully use the Cannabis Tracking System in licensed cultivation, wholesale, processing, and retail environments. Don’t risk a fine or license suspension – let us properly train your staff.
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We are an Oregon company looking for the right partners to build this market together the right way. Call and find out if our team and approach is right for you.