MUSTANG, Nev. (KOLO) - A new cannabis grow facility broke ground October 6, 2016 in Mustang, just east of Reno. A Los Angeles-based cannabis company called MedMen is opening the facility.
Miles Construction, out of Carson City, is building this 45,000-square-foot project, with plans to finish it in eight months.
"It's been a difficult road and we're here, finally. It's very exciting for the industry. It's very exciting for them," Cary Richardson, Vice President of Business Operations for Miles Construction, said.
MedMen's facility is the first ground-up cannabis growing operation in northern Nevada.
"It really is setting a precedent within the industry for the entire nation," Richardson said.
MedMen is planning to place similar grow operations across North America, but they chose Washoe County for their first project.
"This just made sense. The addressable market in the state of Nevada, because of tourism, is outstanding. For use to build something of this magnitude, cultivation and production, you need a real market to address, and we believe Nevada has that market," MedMen CEO and Co-Founder Adam Bierman said.
This facility cultivates and produces cannabis. It will bring around 50 jobs to northern Nevada.
MedMen plans to produce 10,000 pounds of marijuana at this facility per year – all for medical use – unless Nevada’s Ballot Question 2 passes in November, which would allow legal recreational consumption of marijuana.
"It's no different for us. I mean, this facility is being built out to grow and manufacture cannabis as efficiently as possible," Bierman said.
Even if they do start producing marijuana for recreational use, they plan to keep their name the way it is.
"I think that MedMen is good, I think that'll probably outlive just the medical environment, pretty proud to be MedMen," Bierman said.
Though the construction is expected to be completed within the next 8 months, it will take a while for MedMen’s facility to be up and running. Not only are there paperwork and legal steps to be completed, the actual marijuana plant needs time to grow. They do hope, however, to be fully operational at some point in 2017.