The Cannabis Equipment News team recently traveled to the Wisconsin Cannabis Expo held in Milwaukee on June 4. At the show, we had an opportunity to interview equipment manufacturers, cultivators and new product developers to learn more about what they bring to the cannabis industry.
TerraSol started as an idea concocted by co-founders Mike Sickler and Keefe Olig while they were watching a Green Bay Packer game and espousing the benefits of CBD.
Sickler was using topical CBD products for pain relief following a roller-skating accident and Olig's family was using CBD oils to help treat seizures and other medical issues.
The company began as a small manufacturing operation, making topicals, oils and lotions in Sickler's basement, but the pair soon decided to move into retail and opened a CBD dispensary in Menomonee Falls, WI. They also relocated manufacturing operations to the new facility.
Delta-8 gummies are a top seller for the dispensary as are products from 3Chi and 3 Tall Pines. The company has also found success with its whole spectrum line of CBD products, which is made using a proprietary process from American Extractions in Janesville, WI.
When it comes to equipment, certified scales, weights and measurements are crucial to TerraSol's business. Sickler says that it is crucial for his numbers to be on point and match what the labs are going to show when products are sent out for testing.
While he hasn't had issues with compliance with internal products, he has run into discrepancies when sourcing raw materials from other companies.
Sickler has plans to scale the business in the next few years, and he's been looking at multiple locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin.
He remains hopeful regarding the prospects of the upstart cannabis industry in Wisconsin, which he describes as progressive, but still held back a bit. Though, he admits that it will likely take legalization at a federal level to get the state onboard.
The next Wisconsin Cannabis Expo, presented by the Shepherd Express, will be held Nov. 19, 2022, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.