Sparx Cannabis Announces Acquisition of Multiple Licenses for Cultivation and Distribution of Cannabis in California

Salinas, Calif., May 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE — Sparx Cannabis, a vertically-integrated, family-owned and California-grown cannabis lifestyle company, announced today the acquisition of multiple licenses for the cultivation and distribution of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in the state of California.

The distribution license provides Sparx Cannabis with the ability to distribute product across the state of California. The company’s distribution building, which is currently under construction, will be the hub for product intake, packaging and storing.

Sparx Cannabis looks forward to creating jobs as operations expand for individuals with various levels of work experience. More than 10,000 jobs will be added to California’s cannabis market in 2019, according to a recent report. In addition, the California cannabis market is projected to hit $5.6 billion by 2020.

Sparx Cannabis has over 100,000 square feet of cultivation space between the following two environmentally-controlled automated cannabis facilities in Monterey County, California:

Harkins is currently in their fifth harvest, with each harvest producing approximately 600 pounds of cannabis flower. Currently, there are 3,800 plants, and at Harkins Grow, Sparx Cannabis is able to produce its own clones. All trimming of cannabis flower is done at the Harkins location by hand. At this location, there are five state-of-the-art drying containers that dry product more quickly and efficiently than other methods.
Sparx Farms:
Sparx Farms is one of the newest state-of-the-art greenhouses in Salinas. Sparx Cannabis’ plan is to harvest at the greenhouse facility every two weeks. At this location, there are over 10,000 clones and Sparx will house 10 state-of-the-art drying containers.
“We have some of the most advanced technologies and greenhouses on our Sparx Cannabis properties, and these licenses will help us not only create and grow our products but distribute it statewide,” said Sparx Cannabis Co-founder Chandler Halpern. “We have incredible locations in one of the most fertile areas in the entire country to grow and greenhouses that are unlike anything that has been built on the central coast of California. With these licenses, we are planting our flag in the rapidly evolving cannabis industry.”

Sparx Cannabis Co-founder and President Jared Helfant said, “The newly acquired licenses for cultivation and distribution will allow Sparx Cannabis to truly expand our presence in the cannabis sector with the high-quality cannabis flower that we strive to provide to our customers. With these licenses we have acquired, we are excited to demonstrate to the cannabis community the quality of our products and further establish our everyday cannabis lifestyle brand.”

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About Sparx Cannabis
Sparx Cannabis is a vertically-integrated, family owned and operated cannabis cultivation and distribution company. With multiple cannabis business licenses and over 100,000 square feet of operational space on the Central California Coast, Sparx Cannabis is the premium flower producer for the everyday cannabis consumer. Sparx Cannabis is dedicated to being a leader in the industry by implementing multiple high-tech and eco-friendly practices throughout its technologically-advanced greenhouses and facilities.

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Alberto Aceves

Alberto Aceves is the Chief Operations Officer for Sparx Cannabis. He has spent the past 20 years working in large scale agriculture where he specialized in operating high-tech greenhouses. Working in different countries and various growing conditions, Alberto learned first-hand about the cultivation of produce and flowers. Alberto is incredibly passionate about plants and has a special interest in cannabis because of its huge, untapped potential.

One of Alberto’s most note-worthy career milestones what successfully creating and implementing an organic, hydroponic growing system for the renowned tomato company, Nature Sweet.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and dogs outdoors, hiking, camping and fishing. In the winter, you can find him hitting the slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Clinton Shimoi

After graduating from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, Clinton started his career working at Nordstrom in their logistics department. He quickly moved up to logistics manger where he learned and became well versed in dealing with many moving parts in large company settings. He won ther corporate logistics cup in 2015 with the best overall results for productivity and fulfillment in the company. Clinton has always had a passion for the cannabis industry and started learning how to grow cannabis. He had his own grow under prop 99 where he learned the in and outs of the cannabsis business. Using his cross of cannabis and logistic expertise, Clinton was hired at Harkins grow where he ran the cultivation process helping oversee building, growing and sales. He has been promoted multiple times to executive vice president where he oversees the whole operation from cultivation, manufacturing and distribution.

Eco-friendly Practices

We love this planet, which is why we strive to be as eco-friendly as possible. We are proud to be one of the first farms to install solar panels on our technologically advanced greenhouses, which helps us reduce our carbon footprint. We also use local soil, organic pesticides and a reverse osmosis water system to remove contaminants from plants.

Zachary Miller

Zachary Miller oversees product development, creative direction, brand strategy as well as managing community outreach for Sparx Cannabis. Utilizing his vast experience from over 10 years of management in conjunction with his deep comprehension of all sides of the industry, Zachary has developed a substantial network of professionals as peers. His expertise and understanding of the full spectrum from seed to final sale enables him to properly inform and educate his clients. He provides insight on exactly what products would best meet their needs in both a business to business and business to client setting. Zachary’s vast knowledge, drive, and dedication to his career has poised himself to ascend the vision of the company.

Chandler Halpern

Chandler Halpern lived in Fort Lauderdale, FL for most of his life but recently relocated full-time to Monterey County, CA where he works full time with Sparx cannabis and its partners. Before working with Sparx, Halpern worked for his family’s businesses where he was able to hone his skills in logistics, sales, and marketing.

Halpern entered the Cannabis space a few years back where he co-founded a Hemp farm, and a cannabis manufacturing plant, both located in Colorado. He brings his understanding and experience from these endeavors to help build the Sparx Cannabis brand from seed to sale. He is currently working day-to-day with Harkins Grow LLC, as well as playing a role in the development of other partnered entities.

Juan Heredia

Juan Heredia began his cannabis training at Oaksterdam University for Horticulture where he learned the basics of growing cannabis in a controlled environment. He then attended Heald College where he studied business administration and accounting.

Juan started his own indoor greenhouse and outdoor legal grows in Monterey County under Prop 215, where he mastered hydroponic and soil growing. In 2018, Juan helped start Valley Harvest, a company dedicated to providing labor for cannabis and agriculture fields across Monterey County. It was here he gained valuable experience in Prop 64 compliance and crew management.

Juan has lent his expertise in helping build many successful cannabis teams all across the valley for companies such as Noble Farms, Loudpack, California Collectives, Munk Farms, Bonaventure Farm, Faith & Family and many more. At Sparx, Juan applies his experience in all aspects of the industry including cultivation, management, and curing of the product to further develop key relationships within the industry and best position the Company for success.

Dylan P. Buddeke

Dylan Buddeke started his cannabis cultivation career in Colorado, where he learned the ins and outs of growing in a small indoor grow space. It was here he used what he learned to expand to a ninety-nine light warehouse-style indoor grow operation in Denver.

In the past 5 years, Dylan has traversed various parts of California lending his expertise to numerous outdoor cultivation projects. While in Calaveras County, he managed over 20 acres of canopy, overseeing all cultivation operations for over thirteen farms and over 20,000 plants. In Santa Cruz, he managed a half-acre greenhouse for DH Estates. Dylan is constantly studying the latest technologies and grow styles to make the most efficient, highest quality cannabis.

Jordan Helfant

Jordan Helfant is a 23-year-old entrepreneur who has immersed himself in the cannabis space. He graduated from Palm Beach State College and holds a degree in Economics and Marketing. From a young age, Jordan has held multiple consumer sales positions. Previous to his current Director of Sales for Sparx Cannabis role, he served as Project Manager at Harkins Grow, LLC.

Trish Hansen

Trish Hansen was born and raised in Carmel Valley, California, where she was the state’s youngest Certified Firefighter at the age of 16. After graduating from Paramedic School, her role included protecting life and property by performing firefighting, emergency aid and treatment, hazardous materials and fire prevention duties.

Trish retired this position to be more available to raise her three young boys. She moved into the cannabis industry with a local company where she held various responsibilities such as scheduling, human resources, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable while overseeing day-to-day operations.

Trish applied her aptitude for hard work and never-fail attitude to learning all aspects of the cannabis business. She brings an expansive connection to a variety of services and people within the cannabis and the local community. Trish is also an avid lifestyle photographer.

Howard Helfant

Howard Helfant has over forty years of experience with venture capital firms and private venture capitalists. This has led to a variety of endeavors with companies that are committed to a wide variety of products and services. He attended Valley Stream North High School in New York before moving on to Hofstra University. He has had many successful business ventures including Kosher Mosher, a 300-seat fast food kosher deli in the financial district at 25 Broadway in New York City and International Poultry, which, at its peak, had 6 locations in Manhattan. Howard opened his first Florida location, The Rotisserie in Coral Springs while operating businesses in both New York and Florida. Additionally, he founded and developed Howie’s Hot Shot a novel non-alcoholic tomato mixer. While developing his name in the South Florida spirits industry, Howard stepped into the low-calorie cocktail mixer space with a line of mixers under the Skinny Senorita brand which include nonalcoholic mixers for Mojito, Margarita and Cosmopolitan. A partnership with 101 Cantina brought in a new era of nightlife in Boca Raton, FL.

Howard’s latest endeavors have been in the cannabis farm industry. Since 2016, he has continued to grow the business aspect of the cannabis industry and currently oversees every aspect of Harkins Grow, SUN Holdings and Sparx Cannabis.

A true believer of hands-on ownership, he believes in spending as much time directing employees on cultivation and processing as creating expansion strategies, reviewing production efficiency, and maintaining financial relationships. He brings an extensive sense of knowledge with the skills and dedication.

Dr. Jared Helfant

Dr. Jared Helfant graduated Cum Laude with dual degrees in health science and business from the University of Florida while simultaneously owning and operating a successful college town nightclub and lounge, called Simon’s, in Gainesville. He has since graduated top of his class from NYU dental school and built the TLC Dental brand that includes 5 successful locations in South Florida.

At Sparx, Dr. Helfant applies his expertise to oversee operations, branding, and marketing. With a proven track record of providing top-tier, customer-facing services and long-term strategic planning, his knowledge helps facilitate budget analysis, marketing strategies, and partner relationships.