Beyond energy conservation, OpEx and CapEx, we can add significant potential regulatory advantages to the value of separate veg rooms.
In CA, licenses are priced roughly on a SF of canopy basis, with progressively larger canopies of same type costing progressively more. Canopy is defined (nurseries excluded) as being made up of only “mature” plants – and mature plants being defined as plants that are “flowering” and flowering being defined as “a cannabis plant that has formed a mass of pistils measuring greater than one half inch wide at its widest point”.
(I call the mature canopy the CAMP “CAlifornia Mature Plant” area – Yes, a nod to the old days from which I have my Lompoc Federal ID as a souvenir.)
In round numbers, if you’re flowering a plant with a pretty common 9 week flowering cycle and your veg cycle is 4 weeks (total 13 weeks or 4 cycles per year in a facility with no veg room) and you have yourself not only a veg room, but what I call a ‘trigger’ or ‘flip’ room (where a trigger/flip room is a 12/12 flower room but with plants not yet mature), you can get really significant licensing reduction costs.
Think about it this way … when you flip the plant to 12/12, you’re easily safe for over 2 weeks before the State considers it a ‘mature plant’ and requires that it be in the license holders limited CAMP area. You’re burning money if you have your plant in your CAMP area during that time.
So back to our 13 week cycle total (excluding propagation) … now over 6 of those (nearly half) can be out of your license limited CAMP. The turns in your licensed area have gone up from 4 per year to over 7 (52/7) That’s a 75+% increase in facility output on the same cost of license (an indoor licenses can cost close to $100k per year for a single ‘medium’ all in). Add the local cultivation taxes which are often levied on a SF CAMP basis, and well, a hundred $K here there and pretty soon you’re talking real money.
Energy cost savings. Big. Capital cost savings. Big. License/tax cost savings. Big.