Ultra Health, New Mexico’s largest medical marijuana company, announced its plans to start construction on a new production and distribution site. The facility will be the largest in the state and will be located in Tularosa. The site is expected to sit on 200 acres.
Both indoor and outdoor medical marijuana cultivation areas are planned at the site, according to Alamo Gordo Daily News. Hemp production will also take place at the facility. It will be a while until the facility is ready to begin operating as the site isn’t expected to open until 2019.
To start, 25 jobs are expected to be created. Upon opening, 100 more jobs are expected to become open. Ultra Health expects the facility to be at full capacity by 2020.
In Tularosa, Ultra Health will have secure water rights and ample natural sunlight to cultivate quality medicine. The secure water rights give the company access to 1,000-acre-feet of water or about 325 million gallons of water annually.
The company plans to produce several different medical marijuana products.
Marissa Novel of Ultra Health said, “There will be 20 greenhouses which will be growing the cannabis plants. We’re also planning on doing 80 acres of outdoor cannabis fields which will produce a different variety of cannabis. It will also produce hemp, which is low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) type of cannabis, higher in cannabidiol CBD). CBD is therapeutic and non-psychoactive, which means it doesn’t get the user high but still provides a lot of therapeutic benefits.”
20-acres of air-supported, wind assisted greenhouses will aid house varieties of marijuana. Outdoor cultivation space is expected to be at least 80-acres. Hemp will grow behind the medical marijuana fields. The CBD produced from the hemp will make CBD topicals, concentrates and oils. Fibers and other products will also be made from the hemp produced.
Novel also said, “This is something that people should really be proud of, mainly because Southern New Mexico does have a prime climate for growing cannabis. Tularosa was the perfect candidate for this project because the climate is great, the soil is great for growing crops and there’s room for expansion. We have set up meetings with Mayor Ray Cordova to discuss this project to bring representatives up to speed on the opportunity here.”