In Washington’s highly competitive cannabis market, carving out a niche and gaining recognition is an uphill battle for many growers. Armed with a vision for craft cannabis and a Swedish name that translates to “harvest,” SKöRD Marijuana has beat the odds and built a dedicated following since its first sales in early 2016. Grower and owner Joshua Andersen talks with Cannabis Business Times contributor Jolene Hansen about what has led SKöRD to this point and what lies ahead.
Jolene Hansen: Tell us about SKöRD and your core team. How did that come together?
Joshua Andersen: We’re a Tier 2 craft cannabis producer. Our [focus] is more on the exotic or boutique strains of weed. We’re growing about 4,600 square feet total right now, indoor. We have 15 employees.
It was an idea of my mother and I, and then basically started as a family operation. It’s run by me, my dad, my uncle, and then we have one partner, Ron Goldman, who is not a family member. That was the core group.
Originally, we were going to build a greenhouse on