Dozens of states in the U.S. have made it legal to grow and consumer cannabis, either for medicinal or recreational use, leading to the creation of a thriving startup scene around the burgeoning industry, particularly in the state of Colorado.
But although growing cannabis is legal, getting a weed farm up and running can be complicated. Strict state rules generally prevent the manufacture and sale of weed within 1,000 feet of public parks, schools and daycare centers, which makes it difficult to find a suitable premises to start growing.
Enter HerbFront, a Chicago-based startup which has taken it upon itself to build a new mapping solution that helps commercial weed growers find a property where they can legally cultivate their favorite herb. HerbFront claims to be the first high-tech solution designed for this specific purpose. The company employs a team of city planners and GIS specialists to keep its local maps up to date, showing new zoning that is compliant with state cannabis growing regulations. HerbFront’s maps are therefore the perfect place for any prospective commercial weed grower to start looking for a suitable premises that’s been verified as legal for marijuana cultivation.
A property manager whose building is eligible for cannabis cultivation could derive extra value by using that as a selling point. Currently, the value of real estate that’s compliant for the cannabis growing industry is said to be around $10 billion, though that figure is set to double in the next two-to-three years.
HerbFront states that there are currently more than 6,000 legal marijuana growing locations on its maps, and plans to add another 6,000 in the next three-to-four years. However, as more states move to legalize marijuana cultivation, that number could easily increase.
Using HerbFront’s map solution, they can quickly identify commercial properties that are compliant with local zoning laws. HerbFront provides a “property report” for each compliant building listed on its maps, allowing cultivators to check the legalities for themselves and decide if the building is suitable for their needs.