Shango Cannabis – Las Vegas, NV
The Shango brand started in January 2014 in Portland, Oregon, with two retail stores and multiple cultivations, then expanded into Washington as a cultivator before entering into the Nevada market in 2016 with full vertical integration under one roof, eventually expanding into California and Michigan. The name Shango came about like any other new cannabis brand looking to make a national splash; chosen for its strong pronunciation and wordplay, founder and CEO Brandon Rexroad says “the name fits in just as well in Michigan or Oregon as it does in Las Vegas.” According to Rexroad, they’re looking into Shan-going to other markets such as Arizona, New Jersey and Oklahoma in 2019 (see what I did there?).
Shango is a 72,000-square-foot cultivation and production facility situated on the eastern side of Las Vegas — it services a vast local community spanning all along Boulder Highway and east to Lake Las Vegas. On the inside, their garden features two large rooms with a combined 2,100 plants in flower and a vegetation room with approximately 1,100 juvenile plants. With the addition of new rolling benches, they plan to add an additional 40 to 50 percent more plants into their vegetation room this year. They have even begun a breeding program to ensure they maintain a proprietary genetic library, giving them a distinct edge in an ever-growing saturated market of Blue Dreams and Sour Diesels.
With around 25 unique strains on hand at any time, each one following a specific model for how it’s grown, Shango has maintained a growing methodology for each market it’s opened up, allowing for more consistency and better quality. Rexroad says their ultimate goal isn’t to be the “best flower on the market,” but to provide consistent THC and quality for the customer. “At the end of the day, Shango is about consistency in our products. That’s our only goal for both our customers and patients,” says Rexroad. “The Shango model is about being a perfectionist,” agrees head of cultivation Greg Stefanik. “We’re looking for quality, number one, and uniqueness, number two.” Their flower menu backs that statement up in spades; their most popular strains include Alien Banana Candy, A-Dub, Grape Valley Kush and my personal favorite, Grease Monkey.