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Inside the Groundbreaking Farm That Boasts Three Pounds of Cannabis per Grow Light

The Birth of ‘Light’

A Colorado Native, Haupt’s early days were rough. After seeking relief from the debilitating grasp of epilepsy, he soon found that cannabis could deliver near total suppression of his symptoms. Haupt began cultivating in his mid-teens and took his newfound passion to Breckenridge, CO, where he began to formulate the early trappings of what would later become his magnum opus, the Three a Light recipe for success. During this time, he spent his days assisting friends and locals in setting up their own cultivation facilities, all while beginning to formulate a master recipe based on his successes.

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According to Haupt, who was interviewed by Gangepreneur earlier this year, the process of completing the Three a Light book was much more tedious than previously expected. What was once thought to be a six-month project took nearly three years to complete due to the intricacy of the photography demands and the need to produce a finished product unlike anything anyone had ever experienced in the realm of cannabis literature.

Designed specifically to be digestive, ‘Three a Light’ comes across more like a baking recipe book than theoretical analysis.

The culmination of Haupt and his team’s efforts came to fruition in late 2015 with the release of his 215-page behemoth masterpiece, a gargantuan text brilliantly outlined with breathtaking captures and a seamless, streamlined, and easy-to-digest approach to his famed nine-step cultivation method. In its massive hard black casing, the book reads more like a coffee table Nat Geo exposé than a typical cannabis cultivation reference text, weighing almost three pounds (not including the case). Chris Freiboth, lead photographer and designer, can be credited for the book’s sleek and minimalist photography-forward style. Every page offers a dynamic visual experience unlike any other book of its kind.

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Many of the existing cannabis cultivation manuals in print today are designed to be comprehensive and are often too dense for novice growers and those with little to no experience in botany and horticulture. Here Three a Light breaks the mold; designed specifically to be digestive, the tome comes across more like a baking recipe book than theoretical analysis. With 11 steps hinging on nine core principles (Temperature, Humidity, CO2, Room Dynamic, Equipment, Genetics, Food & Water, Manicure/Pruning, and Love), the goal is to introduce readers to a singular cultivation method. Oftentimes, new growers pull from many sources to develop their cultivation style. This book saves novice growers the effort and offers an all-in-one approach.

The Flo cannabis strain in its final week of flowering. (Patrick Bennett for Leafly)

A ‘No A-Hole’ Policy

When someone claims that they’re so efficient in their growing to be able to produce three pounds of cannabis per grow light, you really do have to see it to believe it. I know I did. That’s why I had to get out to the Denver Superfarm myself to see what all of the hype was about.

It takes the perfect fusion of culture, philosophy, and practice to pull off what Three a Light produces on a daily basis.

Upon entering the facility, I was met by Nick Costello, long-time friend of Haupt, project manager for Three a Light, and master cultivator at the Superfarm. A driving force at Three a Light, Costello’s energy and charisma are equal parts astounding and palpable.

“We have a no A-hole policy,” Costello proclaims as he winds me though hallways of grow room after room. This self-vetting system applies to all areas in each of their facilities. It lives and breathes in their culture and can be felt in every area of their operation.

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I spent several days touring the Three a Light Superfarms and was surprised to find that every face I interacted with was equally friendly and welcoming, something I can’t say for any other farm I’ve toured in my career. It was after meeting Mike Walsh and Sean McMechen, both master cultivators and general managers at two of the Denver-based Three a Light Superfarms, when I realized the true success this company has been able to cultivate.

What makes this operation so successful (and yes, they are producing three pounds per light, sometimes even four pounds) is much less about formula and more about building culture. Three a Light may be a winning recipe, but without execution on this scale, achieving this kind of efficiency is virtually impossible. It takes the perfect fusion of culture, philosophy, and practice to pull off what Three a Light produces on a daily basis.


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The Spark: Best Colorado Art Walks to Enjoy While High

The Best High Art Walks in Major Cannabis Markets | Leafly(WilliamSherman/iStock)

Colorado is at the heart of rec-legal cannabis culture, and the availability of great art walks is just one of the many perks that go with that status. Here are the best in Boulder, Denver, and Telluride.

Boulder

Follow the polka dots along Broadway and you’ll find yourself in the midst of the fun and vibrant North Boulder art walk. While you’re there, check out the Lotus Opening Studio and learn how art complements meditation. To really delve deep into the cerebral elements of meditation practice as you surround yourself with artistic endeavors, reach for a deeply relaxing THC-infused tea like the Colorado-based Stillwater Mint. Throw in a few ice cubes to it cool down and by the end of the walk you’ll feel so totally relaxed you’ll hardly know what to do with yourself.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

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Denver

Denver’s thriving art scene is proudly displayed at the trendy RiNo neighborhood Art District’s First Friday art walks. Tucked into this seemingly industrial neighborhood lie a variety of special art galleries such as those in the stunning Dry Ice Factory. Regularly housing up to 32 studios under one roof, the Dry Ice Factory never disappoints when it comes to variety and talent. To navigate so many different mediums and forms of artistic expression, fill a vape with the eye-opening Durban Poison and puff as you bounce from studio to studio. And if you like a little kick with your art, head over to Millers and Rossi before heading home—this self-proclaimed art speakeasy is one half  modern design and one half 1920s glamour. Order the Smoked Old Fashioned to really feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

Lined with 60 separate art galleries, the Arts District on Santa Fe boasts one of Colorado’s largest art walks. It showcases everything new, old, unique, and intriguing, like the Abecedarian Gallery for lovers of literature and artistic book art. Due to traffic, First Fridays includes complimentary shuttles that pass through the streets every 20 minutes. When you arrive, pass the time at a Mizuna, a fancy eatery serving up rich, French cuisine, and end the meal with their deeply inviting Chocolate and Rhubarb Pot de Crème before savoring a few of Dixie Elixirs‘ Mango Dew Drops and heading to the nearest artistic endeavor.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 5:30pm–9:30pm

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Though spanning minimal space (it’s about a block long), the Navajo Street Art District houses some of Colorado’s most prominent studios. You’ll kick yourself if you skip Zip37—one of the oldest art galleries around—that displays fine art, diverse pieces, and out-of-this-world creations. Toke up with the cerebrally stimulating White Nightmare before checking out Jeanne Treaux’s Bubble Headed Cowgirl for an up close and personal experience, then head into Factotum Brewhouse for a Friday night pick-me-up in the form of a chocolatey stout.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 5pm–9pm

The Golden Triangle Museum District is chock full of—you guessed it—spectacular museums. With so much history, art, and culture surrounding this magnetic hub, it’s only fitting for the city of Denver to celebrate the eclectic block by opening up its sidewalks to the masses. Big names such as the Denver Art Museum sit in harmony with smaller, localized spaces like the Walker Fine Art Museum to cater to a variety of tastes. To move through this vast array of venues and endless museums, keep Jesus OG on hand for its relaxed vibe and ability to focus the mind. You’ll find this strain to be particularly perfect for walking through Hadley Hooper‘s imaginative Tableau at the DAM, displayed through August 20th.

Date: Last Fridays, year-round

Time: 5pm–9pm

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Telluride

Though far from Colorado’s big cities, Telluride puts up a creative fight when it comes to their modest yet endlessly diverse First Thursday art walk. This mountain town itself is a stunner, and its breathtaking surroundings offer the perfect backdrop to the twelve galleries that shape its equally breathtaking art scene. Stop at the Telluride Bud Company for a fresh strain like the earthy Violator Kush, which exudes the great outdoors, before popping into Lustre to view some nature-inspired jewelry in a venue bursting with color.

Date: First Thursdays, year-round

Time: 5pm–8pm


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The Spark: The Best High Art Walks in North America

With the summer months boasting longer evenings and warmer nights, it is the perfect time to explore your city and discover all the creativity it has to offer. And what better way to enjoy that creativity than with an elevated mind? After all, cannabis, whether used as inspiration or simply for viewing pleasure, has been a point of artistic influence for years.

So take a stroll through your local art walk after puffing on a pre-roll, and see just how gorgeous, interesting, creative, and thought-provoking myriad types of art can be when paired with the perfect strain. Below, we list some of the best art walks in major markets. Check out our picks, and who knows—you just might stumble upon the next Picasso.

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Colorado Has Brought in a Cool Half-Billion in Cannabis Taxes

With legal, regulated markets in legal states continuing to grow, it can sometimes feel like sales records are broken every week. But the latest report out of Colorado marks a milestone, as the state has now made more than half a billion dollars in cannabis-related tax revenue since legal adult sales began in 2014.

Colorado cannabis revenues come from a combination 15% excise tax on wholesale transfers, a 10% special tax on retail sales for recreational use, and an additional 2.9% state sales tax put on both adult-use and medical marijuana.

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According to state data analyzed by Denver-based VS Strategies, the majority of the more than $500 million dollars received by the state has gone to fund school projects: $117.9 million was used to fund school construction, while an additional $5.7 million was put into the Public School Fund.

The money is also helping fund after-school programs and related initiatives, with $5.8 million allocated to programs aimed at preventing dropping out and bullying. More than $16 million was spent on substance abuse prevention and treatment, with another $10.4 million used for mental and behavioral health services.

Leafly has already reported on the success seen in the state’s Pueblo County, which used $420,000 in local cannabis tax revenues to provide college scholarships to 210 graduating high-school students.

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Colorado State University-Pueblo has also seen benefits. The university opened an Institute of Cannabis Research using cannabis tax dollars.

Mason Tvert, a former Marijuana Policy Project staffer who now serves as the communications vice president for VS Strategies, said that he hopes lawmakers continue to see the cannabis industry as a legitimate economic engine.

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“We hope lawmakers will continue to distribute these funds responsibly and not lose sight of what voters intended when they opted to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol,” said Tvert, who was the a campaign co-director for Amendment 64, which legalized adult-use cannabis in the state.

So far in 2017, Colorado cannabis sales have continued at a good clip. The state has seen over $100 million in cannabis sales each month since the year began. The state’s best month so far was March 2017, with the state recording $127 million in sales—the highest monthly figure yet.


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Maine Wants Advice on How to Regulate Cannabis

Maine continues to take slow steps toward legalizing cannabis after voters in November passed an adult-use legalization. On Monday, members of the state’s Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee met with Colorado’s former marijuana czar to discuss how to craft Maine’s cannabis policies.

A key player in setting up Colorado’s billion-dollar cannabis industry, Andrew Freedman served as the state’s marijuana czar following voters’ approval adult-consumption in 2012. According to reports from local NBC affiliate WCSH6, he spent about an hour with the Maine committee, going over data he gathered since adult-consumption cannabis became legal in Colorado.

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Key findings included indications that legalization has not increased cannabis consumption by youth and adults, according to the local news report.

“Our expectations were, we worried we were going to see massive increases,” he said, according to WCSH6. “We’ve seen nothing of statistical significance yet.”

Freedman did tell the legalization committee that some of the biggest challenges in Colorado have been banking, identifying and combating dangerous pesticides, and setting up personal homegrow rules. Visits to hospital emergency rooms also increased, mainly due to people consuming too many edibles.

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The state committee hopes to wrap up its work by the end of July, then have rules ready for a public hearing by September.

To that end, Maine’s financial and agricultural departments are asking for the public’s thoughts on how to regulate the state’s retail cannabis marketplace, as well as on the public health, budgetary, and enforcement aspects of the new market.

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Comments are due July 31.

Currently, possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis is legal for all adults 21 and over in Maine, although there’s not yet a legal place to buy cannabis products. On the medical side, eight dispensaries and 3,000 caregivers serve roughly 37,000 patients.


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The Leafly Marketwatch: What Percentage of Your Dispensary Visitors are Out-of-State?

We usher in 2016 with the hope that a few states will join Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C. as newly minted members of the legal cannabis club. In the meantime, we took a closer look at the states that are currently operating legal retail cannabis dispensaries to see where exactly their visitors are coming from. What percentage of out-of-state folks is curious about what Colorado, Washington, and Oregon have to offer?

Colorado

We took a look at the last six months of data and broke out visits to Colorado dispensary pages by their state of origin, excluding Colorado so we could focus on out-of-state visitors.

Out-of-state traffic to Colorado dispensary pages on Leafly
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As you can see from the bar graph, the top two states sending traffic to Colorado’s dispensary listings on Leafly are Texas at nearly 33% and Florida at close to 11%. Interestingly, neither state has a legal recreational or medical marijuana market in place, although they did recently pass low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil laws. Florida has selected growers for its program, but no cannabis oil has been dispensed yet. Texas, meanwhile, does not expect to be operational until 2017.

Why are two highly restrictive states so interested in Colorado? An obvious answer is tourism. Unlike Washington and Oregon, which are tucked away in the northwest corner of the United States, Colorado is ideally situated closer to the middle of the country, making it an ideal location to visit. And despite the Colorado tourism director insisting that cannabis is not a major tourism draw for the state, both a state survey and our data suggest there’s definitely growing interest in checking out Colorado’s legal cannabis market.

Colorado is also becoming a more attractive place to live for a myriad of reasons. A number of people from illegal states, dubbed “marijuana refugees,” have migrated to Colorado for legal access to cannabis that can help treat themselves or their family members suffering from diseases. Young college graduates are also flocking to Colorado, and the real estate market has increased by double-digits post-legalization thanks in some part to a population boom and the cannabis industry producing more jobs (which means more people can afford to buy homes). It’s possible that in addition to tourist interest, pro-cannabis or cannabis-curious people who are considering moving to Colorado may be checking out the state’s dispensary pages to see what the legal market has to offer.

Washington

As with Colorado’s data, we analyzed the last three months’ worth of visits to Washington dispensary pages.

Out-of-state traffic to Washington dispensary pages on Leafly
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Nearly 40% of out-of-state visits to Washington dispensary pages come from California, with Oregon taking 2nd place with just over 14%. Both states’ proximity to Washington makes the data largely unsurprising, as it’s a relatively easy road trip or flight away for a quick getaway.

Another possible explanation for California’s traffic numbers is that there’s been a recent influx of people relocating from California to Washington. Between 2004 and 2013, over 339,000 moved from the Golden State to the Evergreen State. Washington’s recent tech industry boom, comparatively cheaper cost of living, and yes, legal cannabis are certainly all perks to moving further north.

Oregon

Oregon’s traffic data looks like a reversal of Washington’s, with over 39% of out-of-state traffic coming from its northern neighbor and 30% originating from California.

Out-of-state traffic to Oregon dispensary pages on Leafly
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Again, tourism is a likely factor here since Oregon is sandwiched between Washington and California, making it an appealing destination for a quick cannabis-friendly weekend getaway.

Business Takeaways

Why should dispensary owners and managers care about which out-of-state visitors are coming to their dispensaries? From a business perspective, it’s always an advantage to know your customers and their background so you can cater a personalized experience and convert their interest into a sale. Consider the following tips to help your business seem especially appealing to an out-of-towner:

Educate and Inform.

Out-of-state customers may need a little more education about cannabis, so offer more dedicated customer service and guidance to make your visitors feel at ease. Remember, they’re not experts and may even feel a little intimidated surrounded by a roomful of products that are still illegal in their state, so make them feel comfortable and be available to answer any questions they have. You may even want to put together a pamphlet or binder that contains some basic Cannabis 101 information that may benefit your out-of-state clientele.

Personalize the Experience.

Make your business seem appealing to a diverse pool of tourists or visitors. For example, if you have a retail dispensary in Colorado and know that a lot of people from Texas are likely to frequent your business, consider going the extra mile and work on your Texas charm – talk barbecue, Texas sports teams, local fashion, or anything that might put a smile on your visitor’s face. Or you could offer a few vanity strains, such as Cali Kush to a California native or Blue Bayou for someone hailing from Louisiana.

Offer Out-of-State-Friendly Products.

Pre-rolls are great for visitors since they might not have traveled with a vaporizer or bong, and lower-THC strains or edibles are a good idea as well for any tourists that are new to cannabis and don’t want to feel overwhelmed. (Just make sure you explain proper edibles dosing to your customers!)

Embrace Cannabis Tourism.

Colorado seems to be having an identity crisis with its cannabis tourism and doesn’t want to be cemented as the place to go for legal green. But honestly, what’s so bad about embracing the tourism angle? Sure, Washington, Colorado, and Oregon have a lot more to offer than just legal retail cannabis, but if the appeal of it brings visitors across state lines, it’s a win-win for the local economy. There’s a saying that goes “A rising tide lifts all ships,” meaning retail cannabis attracting visitors from different states brings in not just cannabis tax income, but benefits hotels, restaurants, local attractions, etc. So why not put a smile on your face and greet your out-of-state visitors with outstretched arms and an open mind? They’re bringing you business, after all!

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