The Cannabis Industry Continues to Amaze: 2021 Lessons Learned and 2022 Trends to Watch


<![CDATA[The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on the year that was and set goals for the year that has yet to be. With that in mind, we checked in with our advisory board members to learn what they see as an important lesson from 2021 and a key trend to keep an eye on in 2022. It’s a pivotal moment in cannabis, but aren’t they all? Here’s what they had to say. Rich Kwesell, owner, Strawberry Fields  What is the biggest lesson you learned in 2021? The biggest lesson we learned was to embrace automation earlier. The environment of people seeking jobs has decreased dramatically in the last two years with wanted signs everywhere in all industries. The competitive raising of minimum wages has created a situation across the board always giving new employees a short-term, bigger better deal that oftentimes affects the attrition rate overall.  We needed a way to produce more per employee, and automation was the answer. We are able to offer our employees greater responsibility, more value to themselves as well as to the company all the while offering a higher pay rate, keeping our staff numbers to a minimum. Easier said than done, many risks involved with expensive decisions that must work out. One law falls the wrong way and that piece of expensive machinery could be rendered useless, but such is life. No risk, no reward, play the man, not the puck.     What are you most looking forward to in 2022?  We are most looking forward to further expansion, more states coming online and furthering our consulting business. National legalization gets us excited and nervous all at the same time, just depends on if states scrap their original models or if they keep them with modifications.  Either way, we will get in where we fit in and do great business, same as the last 13 years of…

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