By Dan Turpin | Published November 2, 2022
The economic impact of losing a cannabis crop is devastating — especially when you put countless hours and effort into growing your merchandise that is likely sold before it’s even grown. For outdoor growers, one of the most common concerns are natural disasters like the wildfires that occur in California and Colorado. Fire, smoke, and ash all play a part in destroying crops.
But farming indoors poses other problems as the expensive grow operations invested in, when not installed or maintained properly, can lead to a chain reaction of catastrophic events like fire, fungus growth and bug infestation that leads to major loss. While there is a higher level of control with indoor growing, disaster can strike from inside the facility ruining the plants. The culprit? The crucial systems growers depend on.
Consider the impact to your cannabis crop if any of the following three systems malfunction in your marijuana grow room.
Finding ways to preserve the product and quickly get plants back to optimal health is key during disaster recovery. The reality is that even with expert help, 50% of the time the plants cannot be saved. But insurance companies can work with consultants that understand plant biology to salvage plants and transport them to temporary housing with an HVAC system to maintain costly marijuana plants that are already purchased for fulfillment of orders.
A new industry without years of data, growing marijuana may seem like a big risk for insurance companies. With so many gray areas between compliance and legal/illegal operations, it’s important for underwriters to consider the following when offering coverage:
There are typically two types of buildings that are being used for marijuana growth; the type of building used depends on where the cannabis facility is located.
No matter the type of building used, ensuring the nursery is structurally sound can help reduce the chances of plant damage and the likelihood of fires.
Many older buildings have a hodgepodge of electrical systems that can easily become overloaded. Ensure the building being used has proper electrical hookups and confirm the electrical retrofit was installed correctly to reduce the risk of fires.
HVAC systems must be installed properly by professionals with permits. Cutting corners can result in roof cave-ins and loss of valuable plants and harvests if the systems are installed closely together.
There are a lot of marijuana facilities out there, but not all are created equal. Because the industry used to be “underground” and is now required to follow codes and standards for growth, consider facility upgrades that need to be made for optimal growth conditions, the contractors used to construct the upgrades, and how the business is actively meeting compliance requirements.
Partnering with an experienced team to protect your cannabis facility against risk can make all the difference. Reach out to RMC Group to help you pinpoint potential issues that could impact your cannabis facility and crops.
This information is intended for informational purposes only. Each restoration project has unique properties and must be evaluated individually by knowledgeable consultants. RMC Group is not liable for any loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the use of this information.