“Green” building means something new these days in Colorado, where construction of legal “grow” facilities for marijuana producers is becoming big business.
General commercial contractor Nathan Mendel, whose Denver, CO,-based company Your Green Contractor once focused on building dental and medical buildings, now specializes in custom-building and remodeling dispensaries, product kitchens, extraction facilities, greenhouses and warehouses for firms involved in the legal sale and distribution of medical and recreational marijuana.
Mendel told Oregon’s Daily Journal of Commerce that contractors who don’t build for the marijuana industry are missing a business opportunity. Marijuana is legal in some form in more than 20 states and the District of Columbia.
Mendel told the publication that he has few competitors, but he expects building for the marijuana industry to take off as a niche in the construction sector.
He advised potential cannabis contractors who might have preconceived notions about the clients they will encounter: “Almost everyone has a story,” he told the publication, “but almost no stoners. They are few and far between.”