Grassroots Cannabis, a company that grows, processes and sells cannabis through its vertically integrated business model, reported it significantly increased production capacity with completion of a 20,000-square-foot expansion at its cultivation center in Taneytown, Maryland.
The expansion of the state-of-the-art indoor facility is fully dedicated to production space, enabling Grassroots to grow more cannabis plants which will ultimately yield 2 ½ times more safe and effective medical cannabis products to serve the Maryland community, officials said.
This expansion also provides a unique opportunity in this unprecedented time to provide jobs, as Grassroots will be increasing its headcount by 35 percent, along with leveraging talent from its existing workforce, a spokesperson added. Grassroots is working locally to hire people to fill positions in all departments including sales, cultivation, processing, harvest, trim, packaging and security.
"As an essential business, now more than ever our teams are leaning in to our mission and core values, says Andy Cohen, Partner. "With this expansion, we are able to hire more staff to produce and deliver our trusted products to more patients in this time of need."
After investing in the latest technology to enhance the now 55,000-square-foot cultivation center, Grassroots said it recently completed their first harvest and will begin selling products that will alleviate some of the recent product shortage within the state. By May 1, 2020, Grassroots will have 2 ½ times the product available to service and reach 2 ½ times the amount of patients.
Grassroots Cannabis operates two Herbology dispensaries located in Gaithersburg and Westminster and, in response to COVID-19, are continually updating policies to keep all facilities clean and safe. Several protective and convenience measures have been implemented, such as pre-ordering and curbside pickup. A cashless mobile payment app has also been introduced to aid in keeping transactions as contact-free as possible. Additionally, Grassroots have implemented "appreciation pay" for frontline dispensary workers.
Grassroots Cannabis, which said it is pursuing acquisitions in additional markets, has built its portfolio with facilities in highly competitive markets, including; Illinois, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Oklahoma, Ohio, Vermont, North Dakota, Arkansas and Connecticut.