The First 10 Years

Canuvo Celebrates 10 Years in Business

In 2010, when my husband suggested we pursue one of the eight dispensary licenses in our home state of Maine, I said he was nuts! From the state’s regulations around the program (tracking, security, and costs to participate in the program) to the fact that marijuana was (and still is!) federally illegal, I predicted problems. Taking a hobby to a full-blown company that could put us in jail for the rest of our lives seemed a bit much, don’t you think?!

Long story short, we were awarded one of the dispensary licenses. With no opportunity to borrow funds at a reasonable rate, we bootstrapped our cultivation and retail outlet. We dealt with moratoriums, contractors who wanted to overcharge us because we must be making a bundle, endless work, and the constant need to reinvest all revenue back into the company. We did all this with one goal in mind: to provide safe, clean products to our clients.

What kept me going was meeting so many wonderful people. The “patients” were older. They either were informed about marijuana, or completely new. I watched each week as they returned, and they returned seemingly better! I would ask, “Why?” And they would say, “Because of the marijuana.” We often heard, “Thank you for my life back.” Up until 2014, when I asked, “What does your doctor think?” or “Does your doctor seem surprised you are off your prescribed medication?” the comment was always the same — no engagement or acknowledgment by their physicians. By 2016 doctors were indeed starting to take notice. By 2018 doctors were referring their patients to us. To help educate people about the health benefits, we began Cannabis Adult Education and gave classes at our dispensary and at doctors’ offices.

Cannabis is a plant that naturally thrives outdoors. A few plants in your garden can be a lot of fun. Large-scale, indoor cultivation for medical-grade marijuana is an entirely different story. It takes science and a hygienic environment to create the ideal climate. Without total control, problems can occur that result in molds, fungus, parasites, and other microscopic organisms. To keep to our mission from 2010 has required us to grow slowly and steadily, honing our craft to produce clean, cannabinoid-rich cannabis in a assortment of strains.

We are proud to be part of the cannabis industry in Maine. Though hindsight is 20/20, I did not imagine the amount of work it would take to be a seed-to-sale proprietor in a state-regulated program. But, when I stand in our dispensary and see faces of folks who trusted us back to our early days, I would not have done it differently. Thank you for your trust and support! May you always have clean, tested cannabis in your toolbox!

To your health and wellbeing.

Sage Peterson

Canuvo is one of 8 licensed Dispensaries in the state of Maine. We are vertically integrated, which means we cultivate, manufacture, and retail our own products. It all starts with our cultivation facility, which is state of the art. Best practices include naturally grown cannabis (no pesticides), super clean environment, and top-notch genetics. We employ strict standards throughout the entire cultivation and post-production process to ensure the highest quality medical grade cannabis and cannabis infused products. Our edibles and tinctures are crafted with the same high standards as our flowers.

It All Begins with the Plants!

We can’t confirm that cannabis is stronger now than it was 20 years ago, but we can share that it is much cleaner! Long gone are the days of growing marijuana in basements or out in fields. Our cultivation practice is supported by standard operating procedures, which balance a myriad of factors that contribute to delivering consistent, high quality, and safe medicine.

The Canuvo cultivation advantage builds its foundation upon two equally important pillars. First, the custom-designed, industry leading facility at which we cultivate allows Canuvo to provide top of the line, pure, and clean cannabis without the need for any pesticides or even preventative treatments. Second, the professional training, background, and approach of our cultivation team sets our garden apart.

Our Facility

Growing Cannabis Plants in Maine
Cannabis Plant in Maine

The most important aspect of growing clean, consistent medicinal cannabis is environmental control. The Canuvo cultivation facility boasts a custom-designed integrated climate system, which provides set-point control of temperature, humidity, CO2 levels and airflow. Additionally, we filter all water used in cultivation through Reverse Osmosis to remove any foreign chemicals commonly found in Maine drinking water, such as fluoride, chlorine, arsenic or radon. Reverse Osmosis also allows the cultivation facility to recycle water that would otherwise be wasted. Canuvo also utilizes Ultra Violet light in the air stream (never exposed to plants or people) to continuously filter our facility in order to prevent any random spores or bacteria from ever gaining a foothold. Because of the proper environmental controls in our cultivation facility, we never need to use pesticides on our medical cannabis.

Our Cultivation Team

Canuvo Cannabis Growing Facilities
Drying Marijuana Plants in Licensed Facility

Every member of our cultivation team has at minimum a Bachelor’s Degree in a field of science or medicine applicable to their responsibilities. Additionally, several members of the cultivation team hold post-graduate degrees in Plant Science or Horticulture. Their professional training and knowledge base provides an invaluable resource for the growing of medical cannabis. Our team has a deep educational foundation, coupled with years in the garden. For almost any situation that occurs in our garden, our experienced growers will have a full understanding of how and why it may be happening. This gives them the advantage to anticipate and prevent problems from occurring that other gardens would chronically fight. Regardless of the topic, whether they are talking about the chemistry of nutrient uptake, best practices to adopt, or optimal CO2 levels throughout the flowering cycle, our team is at the top of their game.

Meet Our Founder

Canuvo was started by Glenn Peterson in 2011. Glenn’s mission is to provide patients with options when choosing medicinal grade cannabis for health and wellbeing. He is a tireless advocate both in Maine and nationally for people to have safe choices when it comes to accessing cannabis.

Glenn Peterson

Founder – Canuvo

Former President – Maine Association of Dispensary Operators

Former Board Member – NCIA (National Cannabis Industry Association)