An indoor greenhouse to grow 2,000 cannabis plants is planned for the former Global Storage structure at 3501 Cerrillos Road between Richards Avenue and Vegas Verdes Drive.
Owner Sujay Kumar Thakur is offering to convert the 7,034 square foot structure where he has had his global storage since at least 2017 into an indoor marijuana grow operation “with retail use”, according to the district’s early notification notice. released for the special use license he seeks.
The ENN meeting on Zoom begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday and can be viewed on bit.ly/3qFwz9B.
The meeting ID by mobile phone is 842 3460 2760 and the access code is 765281. People can also join the meeting by mobile phone at 253-215-8782, 84234602760 # access code 765281.
Thakur did not respond to phone or email messages from The New Mexican.
Thakur’s representative, Jim Siebert, will reveal the cannabis cultivation project to the ENN just days before recreational marijuana sales become legal in New Mexico on April 1.
The open question is: does the cannabis industry in New Mexico grow enough marijuana to meet the demand of medicinal and recreational users in the state?
The Cannabis Control Division of the New Mexico Department of Regulation and Licensing said The New Mexican this week, the supply is double the amount needed to supply the dispensaries. Duke Rodriguez, CEO of New Mexico’s largest producer and seller of medical marijuana, Ultra Health, said The New Mexican he doesn’t think growers grow as much cannabis as the state thinks.
As the largest cannabis player in the state, Ultra Health monitors the industry here.
“We would call it warehouse growth,” said Marissa Novel, Ultra Health’s chief marketing officer, of Thakur’s conversion from greenhouse mini-storage. “In our experience, there are only two greenhouses in the state.”
She said the vast majority of indoor marijuana growing in New Mexico is grown in warehouses. Novel said there were 30 legacy producers before the state’s Cannabis Regulation Act as of March 2021, with 45 newly licensed producers since then.
“There are at least 75 warehouses in the state,” she said.
The state has no limit on the number of cannabis cultivation licenses that can be issued.
Marijuana growers in New Mexico can grow up to 16,000 plants, separated by state into four tiers. Thakur would be at the top of Tier 1 with 2,000 factories.
Marijuana grow operations are usually out of town or tucked away in industrial areas. Thakur’s greenhouse will be on Santa Fe’s most prominent commercial street.
“I don’t know of any that are on the main street [in New Mexico cities]”, said Roman.