The legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in recent years has skyrocketed cultivation of the product. The multibillion-dollar industry is growing millions of pounds of marijuana annually and production is only expected to increase in the coming years. The rapid expansion is not without its share of operational and regulatory challenges.
Within the US and Canada, legal marijuana businesses must comply with state or provincial mandated “seed to sale tracking” for their cultivation operations. This includes accounting for plants, plant materials and harvested waste. Part of these regulations also define specific waste disposal requirements. The disposal methods often include grinding up marijuana waste and blending it with non-marijuana waste like soil or cardboard.
Strategies for maintaining compliance is something companies like Matrix NV, LLC, a large marijuana cultivator in Southern Nevada, have had to figure out. Matrix NV has been at the forefront of the recreational and medical marijuana boom since its inception in 2014. While implementing the vision of becoming the highest quality producer in Nevada they have also been learning that having well run operations, leading experts to rely on and an overall business focus have been necessities for ongoing success.
“As our operations grew it was difficult to get rid of all of this waste with a woodchipper”