The Future in Cannabis. WorldWide.

Architecture & Building


The recent world wide boom in the cannabis industry, has created a sense of urgency for many prospective licensed producers in their desire to “fast-track” the construction of their grow and processing facilities. This fast track pursuit to establish their operation without delay, has resulted in a detrimental lack of attention to specific design requirements for high quality cultivation and processing of cannabis resulting in sub-standard building systems and inferior end-product quality.


The desire for a quickly constructed building, combined with the general lack of experience with the many ownership teams in understanding the importance of proper building system design, specifically related to cannabis production, has created numerous situations where the licensed producer has had to inject stifling “post construction” capital into their facilities in an attempt to rectify issues that have proven to be damaging to their product quality, and in some cases affecting all aspects of their operation.


The hastiness by which many producers have elected to assemble their projects, utilizing outside consultants and project team members that do not have a strong record of experience and success with cannabis facilities, has created the various issues which they now must rectify in order to achieve any chance of producing a quality product for the public.  The requirement to now retrofit their facility to meet the necessary standards expected in producing pharmaceutical grade medical marijuana, can be disastrous to most owners, resulting in a challenging financial impact as well as undesirable disruption to their fully operational facility.


Despite the many guidelines and regulations issued by the regulatory leaders in the worldwide cannabis industry, there continues to be a lack of clarity from these regulatory bodies on the best practice approach to what is required in terms of facility requirements to produce high grade cannabis products. The search for this information can be both frustrating and daunting as there is tends to be either a lack of information or misleading information in the marketplace as to the “best” approach to facility design.


Every ownership group, upon initiation of their project, must understand that seeking out and securing a project team to design their facility, a firm that has all required expertise internally within their wheelhouse, is critical to the success of their business overall. The most desirable  firm understands the fundamentals in cannabis facility design, commencing with an optimized functional layout of the facility, which takes into account the most systematic and efficient workflows for all aspects of the operation and integrates engineered mechanical and electrical systems layouts.


These foundational elements, combined with comprehensive recommendations and specifications for all interior and exterior building components and equipment that meet pharmaceutical and food grade regulatory requirements, will deliver the most economical yet most efficient solution to ensuring that a high quality end product is achieved and that the business remains profitable and successful for the long term.


We will continue to explore additional challenges and insights on developing optimal cannabis building solutions in our next blog…


By Robert Mulyk – Director of BenchmarkBUILD for TheraCann International.

For more information on  the Cannabis Facility Building design and our services,  please contact Robert Mulyk, Director of BenchmarkBUILD for TheraCann International.


Kingsley DDA supports TheraCann International medical marijuana project



KINGSLEY — Laughter echoed across a Kingsley village meeting when Gay Travis said she never had anything to do with marijuana.

But Travis, a 71-year-old resident and retired first-grade teacher, told village downtown development authority members on Wednesday she supported a proposed $20 million medical marijuana growing facility in her community.

She spoke softly, but firmly, about how Kingsley needed jobs after Pugsley Correctional Facility’s recent closure. The project could also raise tax dollars for its schools, she said.

“I’ve always been about making Kingsley stronger and I see this as a way to do that,” she said.

Travis’ positive comments weren’t just echoed by most other speakers at the meeting. DDA members closed it with a 5-0 symbolic vote of support for the project proposed by TheraCann International, a cannabis service company.

“(It) couldn’t have gone better,” said TheraCann USA President Richard Goodman, who attended the meeting.

The proposal sprouted about six months ago, and TheraCann representatives have quietly made their case to village representatives and at public meetings.

DDA member Marc McKellar told the packed room inside the village’s library the vote focused on the project’s economic benefits. He said the volunteer board spent hundreds of hours researching the company and the proposal.

He outlined a fact sheet that will be sent to Kingsley’s council and planning commission, which have the final say in whether the project can go forward.

“The point was to gather information that we could determine were facts, through due diligence and a mutual agreement between TheraCann and our board on what the understanding was going forward,” McKellar said.

TheraCann representatives hope to build a 100,000-square-foot medical marijuana growing facility in the Kingsley Industrial Park near M-113 and U.S. 131. They plan to initially hire about 100 workers, including 20 medical marijuana licensees who will grow the drug under new provisions in state law.

McKellar said company representatives, who planned to break ground within 90 days of approval, weren’t seeking tax breaks or incentives. Information distributed at the meeting stated the facility would generate about $527,000 in taxes for the area.

Audience members expressed support for the project, though some had specific questions about its impact on local infrastructure and the quality of marijuana that will be grown for patients.

Goodman said the company bears responsibility for infrastructure impacts and would grow plants under the highest specifications. He said it had a proven track record in Canada.

Some speakers acknowledged the facility’s product carried social questions, but others praised its potential benefits. Travis recounted how medical marijuana helped control a friend’s child’s seizures.

She said marijuana is no different than the plants in her garden or the willow bark that creates aspirin.

“It’s all in how you govern its growth and its use. And I guess we have to depend on our community, our leaders to be good strong leaders and make sure that we get protections that we need so we have this opportunity,” she said to applause.

The vote sets the stage for TheraCann representatives, if they choose, to present the project to village council members and planning commissioners.

Mulieboom Organics License Producer Robbed!

port_corlborneIn the blink of an eye you could lose it all. It’s an incredibly humbling and violating feeling to be robbed and even more tortuous to know that it could have easily been prevented.

Police scoured the sunny streets of Pinecrest Road on Monday September 19, 2016 trying to locate five missing suspects in the midafternoon robbery at the Mulieboom Organics licensed medicinal cannabis facility located in Port Colborne, Ontario. With an operation such as this, it begs me to question what preventative system was put in place that could have allowed for such a serious breach.

Why does this industry continue to take unnecessary chances and gamble their money and time invested when it comes to having an effective security strategy in place for these facilities? Within this market in particular, there is a higher degree of risk and susceptibility to theft which will not only cost you revenue losses in product, inventory, damage and replacement fees but it could also put many innocent lives in danger. This is an industry that’s under great scrutiny and it’s going to continue to be an uphill battle if these businesses don’t start implementing stronger security planning and technology to detour any aggressive and often unpredictable assaults on the people or property involved. The fear will outweigh any benefit and it’s imperative to get on top of it immediately.

By weaving in effective elements using high quality analytical video surveillance, you can easily redirect any ill-intent and preserve the integrity of your precious investments. The 1080P HD video cameras that we use predominantly in our Section 8 Securty designs, capture at a minimum of 30+ frames per second and are capable of establishing virtual barricades for high security areas and high traffic areas that you will want covered 24/7 year round. By offering high resolution imagery, it reduces the amount of false alarms triggered and obtains crisp video footage that preserves the detail that you need for identification or observational purposes.

We specialize in helping simplify the process for you. We provide you with knowledge by assessing any security concerns; we pair the latest that IP-based and High Definition video technology offers with an innovative and tactical access control and integrated alarm system strategy that has passerby’s second guessing ever stepping foot on your property. Our systems are scalable so they can grow with you and your business’s needs.

Whether you are at the beginning of a new building phase or have an already existing facility in place, it’s certainly worth having a conversation about how you could enhance and protect what you’ve worked so hard to breathe life into. Life is full of choices, so be sure you cover your assets so you aren’t brought to your knees by the weight of regret and remorse. We’re here to help you see what’s possible today and tomorrow.

In working with our Strategic Partner Tri-West Technoloigies we would be happy to provide you with a Complimentary Strategy Session to avoid the above issues!  Let’s work together to lock out losses!

Please contact us to schedule your Complimentary Strategy Session.

Lets Talk Mental Health!

mental_health_300January 27, 2016 marks the 6th annual #BellLetsTalk day when Canadians are invited to openly talk about mental health issues in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding it. Did you know that mental health is the leading cause of workplace disability in Canada? More importantly, only 1/3 of those who require mental health-related services in Canada will receive treatment.

There is often a stigma attached to the use of medical marijuana for treatment of various ailments – including mental health issues. According to this Medical Daily article, a preliminary study from the University of Buffalo suggests that medical marijuana can be effective in treating depression, PTSD, anxiety and stress.

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TheraCann Partners with Bokashicycle

bokashicycle_fermentorJanuary 5, 2015: Bokashicycle, of Lakewood Washington, today announced a new Distributor Agreement with TheraCann International Corporation (formerly Benchmark Labs) to provide their easy to implement and complete fermentation system as part of the TheraCann comprehensive, and truly “Turn-Key” infrastructure solution to medical marijuana producers through North America. Under the agreement, TheraCann will provide, install and maintain Bokashicycle technology to TheraCann Labs clients.

“We are looking forward to working with you and your [TheraCann] Team assisting and improving on ways in which marijuana growers process their waste materials” said Dr. Larry Green, President of Bokashicycle.

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