Going From Traditional to Legal: Q&A with Chris Ball
<![CDATA[Operating in the California cannabis industry is not for the faint of heart, but fortunately for Chris Ball, he has plenty of that.Ball is owner and CEO of Ball Family Farms, a vertically integrated, Black-owned, indoor cannabis grow based in Los Angeles. Ball built his business from the ground up, transitioning from the traditional market to become of the first social equity licensees in LA. While Ball has established Ball Family Farms as a top brand in the California market, he and the company have also experienced a number of trials and tribulations along the way. Ball joined Cannabis Business Times to preview his upcoming speaking session at Cannabis Conference 2022, as well as what’s ahead for Ball Family Farms and the California cannabis industry.Editor’s note: Chris Ball will be speaking on the panel session “How to Launch a Cultivation Business” from 11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Cannabis Conference, taking place at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. In this session, experienced and successful cannabis business leaders will share essential considerations when mapping out your start-up, along with some of the key lessons they’ve learned along the way.Zach Mentz: What’s new at Ball Family Farms and what are you excited about?Chris Ball: We got robbed twice. That happened [at the end of May]. It happened within a two-week span. We got hit twice within a two-week time period. So, that wasn’t fun, but it obviously made us stronger. They got away with close to $800,000 worth of product.Thank God for insurance, for one, and for two, it let us know some holes that we had in our security system and when the security comes and the exchange of shifts. So, we’ve been able to tighten that up. We’ve been working with some different alarm companies and put in…
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