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If Cultivation Walls Could Talk

The CannaBS Detector

Release Date: 04/15/2021

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The CannaBS Detector

Have you ever wondered how legit an associating business is, or the people within it? Are you investing into a business with someone you aren’t entirely sure of? Well, lucky for you, we’re speaking with Tanya Hoke, an due diligence investigator.

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The CannaBS Detector

You know the saying, “If you build it, they will come”? In the cannabis industry, more specifically indoor cultivation, if you build it poorly, all sorts of problems will come. That’s not a maybe, that’s a guarantee.

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The CannaBS Detector

From CHS to drug interactions to the compounds in your concentrates, why do stoners avoid these topics? No cannabis users want to talk badly about cannabis, especially with its historical stigma surrounding the plant. But whether you like it or not, there is more research needed on cannabis, and a good start is being honest about its risks and effects and how we discover them.

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The CannaBS Detector

What will regulations look like in the future, compared to the past? Will we learn from our mistakes to create a better system?

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Everybody seems to want legalization on a federal level. It’s a hot topic in the industry, especially with a new democratic president and the aftermath of COVID-19 slowly starting to show it’s face. But what are the impending consequences of legalization? Who will be the ones most drastically effected? Will it effect cannabis culture and the people within it?

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The CannaBS Detector

Every type of battle an industry can face has occurred in the cannabis industry. From insane taxes and regulations, to rampant corruption and shady business practices. However, NOTHING compares to the challenges Covid 19 poses.

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The CannaBS Detector

Jean Everson isn’t unique in her circumstances, but what makes her unique is twofold. First, she had the smarts to keep records of everything and took this company court - and WON. Secondly, despite winning the settlement and receiving nothing, she wants you to know her story so that you don’t find yourself in the same position. It truly seems like no one escapes this industry unscathed, but there is hope! Listen in to learn how to recognize the signs and how to CYA (cover your ass)!

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What started out as a booming industry where there seemed to be no ceiling to the amount of money being poured into, and spent by Canadian cannabis companies, ended with a swift dose of reality that "growth for the sake of growth" might not have been the best path forward! As the giants continue to eat the promises they made to their investors, Colby McFadden and I discuss the next phases these companies will be going through.

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The CannaBS Detector

Inclusion is about keeping everyone that got the industry to where it is now IN the industry, instead of being left behind by those with deep pockets and a focus on profit. This episode is a conversation about how the original cannabis advocates and drug war victims can not only remain relevant but also share in the spoils of this ever-growing, money-making industry.

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While many people think national legalization is the answer to the many issues our industry faces(lack of banking, restrictive taxation, cannabis incarceration, etc) there are a lot more factors to consider that aren’t being discussed in the media. On this episode, we discuss some of the negative impacts that legalization can have on cannabis companies and the industry as a whole in the US.

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We are back at it today, speaking with Chris Tenaglia of Valiant Group America, as he brings his unique experience of the construction side of the cannabis industry to light. Valiant is a vertically integrated team, meaning they have professionals from all aspects of the construction industry, in-house. This eases confusion throughout the entire process, and makes for great communication throughout the company and for the client. Chris, the chief operating officer of Valiant, speaks with us today about his experiences at Valiant and calls out the bullshit he’s had to deal with throughout his time in the industry.

3 Lessons Learned:

  1. The expense differences and effects of growing cannabis in different climates, specifically the NorthEast. With drastic changes in humidity and temperature throughout the year in the east, compared to the dry, sunny climate in the west, east coast facilities usually have to double up on most of their supplies and equipment.
  2. Massachusetts has one of the highest percentages of testing regulations for mold in the cannabis industry. This is due to the area’s high humidity.
  3. Vet whoever you are hiring in this industry - especially as a consultant. The wrong advice will cost you millions in this industry, as Chris and I have seen from firsthand experience, and you need to make sure your employees and associates are legitimate, with real experience that is backed up by a reference/


List of Topics/subjects discussed:

  • Valiant Group and their vertically integrated team. What do they do?
  • Difficulties with growing in different regions throughout the United States, specifically in the northeast and how that effects cost
  • Compliance and regulatory changes on the east coast as compared to the west coast
  • Valiant Group’s partnership with Agrify
  • Agrify’s vertical farming unit (VFU) and how it can benefit you in the long run.
  • LED vs. HPS Lights
  • In Valiant’s customer base, how many are people fixing their mistakes compared to people starting off on their company on the right foot?
  • What is the easiest state to grow in?
  • Lighting and regulations specifically with electricity.
  • The difficulty of licensing on the east coast, especially when entering the market (if you can)
  • Cannabis cultivation is not a normal construction build. Why?
  • Issues between growers and owners when building a facility and their lack of understanding.
  • The importance of recognizing con-consultants and vetting out your potential employees.
  • Valiant’s experiences with companies

Guest Bio and Social Media Links:

Valiant is a leader in development, management, consulting and general contracting.  With past experience in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other industrial buildings, Valiant’s newfound success follows a decade-long specialization in commercial development of cannabis cultivation facilities and dispensaries. The construction giant’s claim to fame is their vertically-integrated trades structure. The structure allows Valiant to train all of their own employees instead of hiring subcontractors.  This maximizes quality of work and minimizes the timeline of each project. Most recently, Valiant was selected as the primary distributor and installer for Agrify, a high-tech firm specializing in state-of-the-art, software-controlled cannabis vertical farming units and modular containers.

Christopher Tenaglia, Chief Operating Officer of Valiant, has extensive leadership experience over various industries including finance, production and construction. His relevant qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colby-Sawyer College, an unrestricted construction supervisor license, a Class A commercial driver’s license, and OSHA 30. Christopher regularly manages teams of over 100 employees and has owned and managed several companies over the past 10 years.  Across all of the multi-million dollar Valiant projects, Chris is a driving force in the field as a coordinator with all company personnel, schedules, assurance of deadlines & timelines, leadership & management meetings, and point-person for all communication regarding Valiant business matters and ongoing projects.

Website: www.valiant-america.com

insta: @ValiantAmerica

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/valiant-america/

twitter: @Valiant_America

Facebook: Facebook.com/ValiantAmerica


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Audio Editing - Seth Cross - Frontal Lobe Productions

Intro/Outro - Jef Judin

Music - The Master by Flashing Lights

Show Notes: Henley Beall

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