World's First "Weedery" Will Give Public a Chance to Tour Grow Facility
DENVER (MainStreet) — Christian Hageseth is about to open the world’s first “weedery” in Denver.
Like a brewery or a winery but for legal marijuana, the weedery — called Green Man Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater — will give the public an opportunity to tour a state-of-the-art grow facility, though consuming weed at the ranch will be prohibited.
“We’re the liquor store model, not the bar, so we can’t have people using on premises,” said Hageseth, who owns several growing facilities to supply his dispensaries.
A 2,500-seat outdoor amphitheater is at the center of the $22.5 million project, expected to be completed by early next year. The Green Man Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater will host a variety of entertainers as it strives to strengthen the connection between marijuana and music. Hageseth has been talking with Willie Nelson’s staff to determine whether the country music icon is interested in naming rights for the venue.
An on-site dispensary will give visitors the opportunity to purchase Green Man Cannabis’s award-winning marijuana strains, and gifts and souvenirs will be available for purchase at the retail shop. Visitors also will be able to tour the premises to see the large-scale growing facility — 133,000 square feet of greenhouse space, where industrial agricultural techniques will be used to feed and water the plants in an organic way. The ranch also will have a restaurant and rooftop bar.
“After the tour, they can stop and enjoy the uniqueness of where they are — maybe buy T-shirt or have lunch,” said Hageseth, who has worked in the marijuana industry since 2009.
Because consumer preferences have shifted to edibles and oils, some growers cultivating marijuana in greenhouses aren’t as concerned about the appearance of the plant, so they don’t build the facilities to the same standards as an indoor grow. However, Hageseth said his greenhouses will be built to produce the same quality of plant that is grown in indoor warehouse facilities.
“I agree that the market is really shifting to edibles and vaporizers and tinctures, but there are a lot of connoisseurs who feel that good flower is like really good wine,” Hageseth said. “The product will be on par with the high-quality product we’re currently getting out of our warehouse space.”
Hageseth said Green Man Cannabis will continue to grow in its existing warehouse space, even though it’s much more expensive. He estimates it costs $850 to grow a pound of weed indoors, compared with $350 a pound in a greenhouse.
The site’s location 200 yards from a rail stop on the line connecting Denver International Airport to downtown Denver is likely to draw tourists curious about the marijuana culture, Hageseth said.
“From a zoning perspective, those proposed uses would be allowed at this site,” said Andrea Burns, a spokeswoman for Denver’s Community Planning and Development office who allows for purveying edibles. “Because it’s so preliminary, we don’t have the full details to react to and provide feedback on, but there doesn’t appear to be a major hurdle where zoning is concerned. All the same state and city marijuana licensing and consumption regulations would apply at this site as elsewhere in Denver.”
Green Man Cannabis recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo.com. The money raised will be used to create a documentary film about building the weedery and the challenges the company faces. For example, Green Man Cannabis has been kicked out of seven banks, and Kickstarter refused to accept the business for a crowdfunding campaign.
“We want to garner a greater awareness that we’re doing something unique in the marijuana space,” Hageseth said. “We’re really testing the waters. You can’t raise money explicitly for drugs. We continue to fight the uphill battle to gain acceptance for this.”
Originally Published on MainStreet.com on February 11, 2015.
Green Man Cannabis, Denver’s premier brand of legal marijuana, is scheduled to open doors to Green Man Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater in Fall 2015
Denver, CO (PRWEB) February 10, 2015 - Green Man Cannabis, Denver’s premier brand of legal marijuana, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help support the development of the world’s first weedery. Like a brewery or winery but for legal marijuana, the weedery – called Green Man Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater – will give the public the unique opportunity to tour an award-winning state of the art marijuana grow facility, listen to live music, and enjoy a meal all in one location, surrounded by Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
Scheduled to open its doors in Fall 2015, the weedery is a world-class marijuana cultivation facility. “Green Man Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater will encompass cultivation, education and entertainment, and serves to ultimately demystify marijuana,” said Christian Hageseth, founder of Green Man Cannabis and author of Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business (Macmillan, April 2015).
As a cannabis education, cultivation and entertainment center, Green Man Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater provides unique features for connoisseurs and the curious alike. Features include:
- Over two acres of greenhouse open to the public for tours, where visitors can experience one of the largest and most successful legal marijuana operations on the planet
- Outdoor amphitheater designed to seat 2,500 and play host to a gamut of entertainers
- On-site restaurant and rooftop bar overlooking the amphitheater and featuring sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains
- Green Man Cannabis dispensary featuring product cultivated right on the premises
- Reflection of Green Man Cannabis’ dedication to sustainability and use of natural resources, including the atrium’s living wall of live plants and flowing waterfalls
- Retail gift shop where gifts and souvenirs are available for purchase.
Positioned within walking distance from a light-rail stop and within a half hour drive from downtown Denver and the Denver International Airport, the venue’s strategic location makes it a can’t-miss destination for visitors and locals alike.
While the United States has made strides in the legalization and liberalization of marijuana, there is still much work to be done. The industry’s continuous struggle with judgment and scrutiny was exemplified during the early stages of this crowdfunding campaign, when it was rejected by crowdfunding platform Kickstarter regardless of its legal nature. The fight for education and awareness of this legal and profitable industry is real, and Green Man Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater aims to serve as a step towards the solution.
“The Cannabis Ranch is my chance to normalize marijuana, to bring it to the world on such a scale that it cannot be ignored,” Hageseth explains in Big Weed. “Our visitors will be embarking on a journey that mimics America’s own journey of enlightenment,” he says of the tour. “As they move from the basement, they’re leaving marijuana’s past behind. When they enter the greenhouse, they’re looking at the future. From the closet out into the open. From the darkness into the light.”
Through the Indiegogo campaign supporters of this historical project and what it stands for will have the opportunity to take part by making contributions in exchange for merchandise such as hats and hoodies, and experiences such as concert tickets, a day with the award-winning grow staff, and a private event at the Amphitheater. The Indiegogo campaign will run for 30 days, starting February 9th.
For more information or to make a contribution, visit Green Man Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater’s Indiegogo campaign, or follow the weedery on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
About Green Man Cannabis
Founded in 2009, Green Man Cannabis is Colorado’s premier brand of marijuana, striving to achieve the highest levels of quality, selection, and customer service at competitive prices. It is a two-time winner of the Cannabis Cup, the highest award for excellence in the legal marijuana industry. Green Man Cannabis currently operates two dispensaries and three state-of-the-art grow facilities.
About Christian Hageseth
Christian Hageseth, creator of the Green Man Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater, is the President and Chairman of award-winning Green Man Cannabis, LLC, and author of Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business (Macmillan, April 2015). He has worked in the marijuana industry full time since July of 2009 when he founded TGM Beneficial Care, LLC, the predecessor company of Green Man Cannabis, LLC. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.
To request more information or schedule an interview with Christian Hageseth, please contact us at: press(at)greenmancannabis(dot)com.
Originally Published on PRWeb.com.