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Flow Kana Opens World’s Largest Cannabis Processing Center in California

The Flow Cannabis Institute Processing Center is the Hub for an Emerging Cannabis Supply Chain Built Around Local Sustainable Organic Farms

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Flow Kana’s Flow Cannabis Institute in Mendocino County, California is the world’s first cannabis campus and processing center, bringing together the entire sungrown cannabis supply chain into one hyper-efficient campus, including lab testing, grading, processing, distribution, and manufacturing. (Photo: Business Wire)

Flow Kana’s Flow Cannabis Institute in Mendocino County, California is the world’s first cannabis campus and processing center, bringing together the entire sungrown cannabis supply chain into one hyper-efficient campus, including lab testing, grading, processing, distribution, and manufacturing. (Photo: Business Wire)

A look inside Flow Kana’s Flow Cannabis Institute processing room floor. This facility offers independent, small-batch, craft cannabis farmers an opportunity to grow and thrive by bringing scale and the resources to all post harvest activity, making it easy for the downstream market to access organically cultivated, clean, compliant, and sustainable cannabis products. (Photo: Business Wire)

A processor at Flow Kana’s Flow Cannabis Institute operates the inflorescence sorter preparing cannabis for packaging. (Photo: Business Wire)

A processor at Flow Kana’s Flow Cannabis Institute operates the pneumatic micro-batcher, packaging sungrown organically cultivated cannabis from small craft farms in Mendocino and Humboldt counties. (Photo: Business Wire)

OAKLAND, Calif.–( BUSINESS WIRE )–Flow Kana, the premier sustainable sungrown cannabis provider embracing the independent craft farm ecosystem, today announced the opening of The Flow Cannabis Institute processing center. This facility offers independent, small-batch, craft cannabis farmers an opportunity to grow and thrive by bringing scale and the resources to all post-harvest activity, making it easy for the downstream market to access this world-renowned, exceptional regional product.

With the opening of the processing center, Flow Kana is able to provide a wide range of processing, co-packing, white label, and distribution services to a growing list of partners, including brands, dispensaries, distributors, and manufacturers, who strive to provide California consumers with organically cultivated, clean, compliant, and sustainable cannabis products.

“We believe that California has the opportunity to build a unique agriculture supply chain of diversified independent farmers based on regenerative values which we can share with agriculture at large,” said Michael Steinmetz, Flow Kana’s co-founder and CEO. “Preserving the immense biological diversity that exists in this Northern California region is key to fighting against the monocropping culture of Big Ag we see moving into the cannabis industry today. The opportunity for California to create the gold standard for agriculture through cannabis is grand and the responsibility to do so even grander.”

Earlier this month, WILLIE’S RESERVE cannabis brand announced availability in California, powered by Flow Kana. The carefully selected boutique strains are sourced from Flow Kana’s partner network of independent Northern California farms and then processed, packaged, and distributed throughout the state from The Flow Cannabis Institute.

With the processing center now online, Flow Kana plans to complete its manufacturing facility at The Flow Cannabis Institute within a year, offering bulk cannabis oil to other companies and manufacturers of specialty products such as topicals, tinctures, oils, and more. Cannabis inputs, known as biomass, for bulk oil manufacturing at the Institute will all be locally sourced from Flow Kana’s partner farmers, harnessing the bio-diversity, library of cannabinoids and strong terpene profiles found only in California’s Emerald Triangle region.

Flow Kana’s Flow Cannabis Institute sits in the heart of Mendocino County and is the world’s first cannabis campus and processing center. The Institute brings together the entire sungrown cannabis supply chain into one hyper-efficient campus, including lab testing, grading, processing, distribution, and manufacturing.

Just as small coffee farmers bring their coffee beans to a centralized facility to be dried, roasted, processed, and packaged for customers downstream, The Flow Cannabis Institute provides a centralized location for farmers to test, dry, cure, trim, process, package, manufacture, and distribute their harvest at a massive scale.

Flow Kana’s phased vision for The Institute is a cannabis education, wellness and resource center, where other states, nations, industries, and businesses can learn and collaborate on how to create an agricultural model centered around the small farmer and sustainable farming practices that can be replicated around the world.

Flow Kana offers small sungrown cannabis farms scale and resources to bring organically cultivated, clean, compliant cannabis products to market.

A craft marijuana brand is turning a famous California winery into a Wonka Factory for weed

Marijuana tourism is on the horizon for California’s famed wine country.

A craft cannabis brand called Flow Kana is building a marijuana processing and manufacturing hub on the site of a former winery in Mendocino County. The company purchased the 80-acre parcel once owned by the founding family of Fetzer Vineyards for $3.6 million in 2017.

Much like a winery that hosts tours and tastings, the Flow Cannabis Institute will build experiences around the operation. Visitors will eventually tour the facilities where small farmers test, dry, cure, trim, process, and package marijuana for distribution; learn about the plant in seminars and pairing dinners; and stay at an on-site, pot-friendly bed and breakfast.

Flow Kana was founded as a boutique delivery service in 2014 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company only sources from farms that grow outdoors without pesticides.

The Flow Cannabis Institute is the first of its kind in California, and it enables small and independent farmers to scale and compete with Big Marijuana brands. But is also offers an opportunity for the company to educate new consumers in the long-stigmatized industry.

This Wonka Factory for weed comes with one major caveat: Flow Kana has no plans to grow or sell cannabis on the property, though it hopes to open a “tasting room” where adults over the age of 21 could imbibe. California law allows up to an ounce of marijuana to be gifted for free.

On January 1, recreational marijuana became fully legal in the Golden State, where medical use has been legal since 1996.

We spoke with Amanda Reiman, head of community relations at Flow Kana, about what we can expect from the Flow Cannabis Institute.

Flow Kana is turning a well-known winery into a center for cannabis manufacturing and tourism.