SHEFFIELD — After receiving a license as a retailer and cultivator of recreational marijuana last March, the team at The Pass got to work on developing their products for retail sale by July.

Chris Weld, who also owns Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, founded the business and is the CEO. But he entrusted the work of developing and cultivating The Pass' ideal "house strains" — about 40 different types of cannabis — to Pete Steimer, director of cultivation. 

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Photos: The Pass cannabis dispensary and growing facility

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Opened in July 2020, The Pass in Sheffield grows, processes, packages and sells its recreational cannabis products on-site. Over 3,000 plants …

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Cultivation Manager Derek Blethen wheels a load of harvested cannabis from the greenhouse into the indoor cultivation facility for controlled …

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Marijuana concentrate is manipulated carefully to become a wax inside a vacuum oven in the lab at The Pass dispensary in Sheffield. Thursday, …

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In the “Mother Room” at The Pass in Sheffield, cuttings are taken from marijuana plants and replanted to become clones, with the exact genetic…

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In the “Mother Room” at The Pass in Sheffield, cuttings are taken from marijuana plants and replanted to become clones, with the exact genetic…

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Once cloned marijuana plants reach at least 8 inches in height, they are transferred to the vegetative room at the indoor cultivation facility…

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After growing in the ‘veg room,’ marijuana plants are moved to the flowering rooms where they will spend 8 to 12 weeks under high pressure sod…

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Approximately 8.5 weeks into their flowering cycle, ‘Jungle Cake’ and other strains of marijuana plants in the mature flowering room are almos…

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Once each marijuana plant reach 8 inches in height, it is tagged and tracked from that point until it is harvested, with its tag remaining on …

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Sebastian Zapata hangs freshly harvested stalks of the ‘Lucky Charms’ strain in the drying room at The Pass in Sheffield. To achieve optimal f…

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Sebastian Zapata and other employees hang freshly harvested stalks of the ‘Lucky Charms’ strain in the drying room at The Pass in Sheffield. T…

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Marijuana Infused Product Manager Rosie McCormick removes a batch of tropical flavored THC gummies from their mold in the lab at The Pass disp…

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Inside the ‘trim trailer’ at The Pass in Sheffield, dried marijuana flower is run through an electric trimming machine to remove any excess le…

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Inside the vault at The Pass in Sheffield, marijuana products ready for packaging and for sale are labeled and stored. Opened in July 2020, Th…

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New packaging for The Pass’ cannabis flower uses boveda packs to regulate humidity inside the vacuum sealed bags to ensure the flower neither …

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Jessica Sherwood carefully weighs each individual pre-rolled White 99 joint to between .5 and .6 grams before packaging them at The Pass dispe…

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Each individual pre-rolled White 99 joint is weighed to be between .5 and .6 grams before they are packaged at The Pass dispensary in Sheffiel…

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Around 750 marijuana plants are ready to be harvested in the greenhouse at The Pass dispensary in Sheffield. The greenhouse is designed to use…

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Around 750 marijuana plants are ready to be harvested in the greenhouse at The Pass dispensary in Sheffield. The greenhouse is designed to use…

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Around 750 marijuana plants are ready to be harvested in the greenhouse at The Pass dispensary in Sheffield. The greenhouse is designed to use…

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Cultivation Manager Derek Blethen harvests the tops of ‘Flo’ plants, one of the strains of cannabis grown in the greenhouse at The Pass in She…

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Greenhouse Supervisor Samantha Chamberlain harvests the tops of ‘Flo’ plants, one of the strains of cannabis grown in the greenhouse at The Pa…

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Greenhouse Supervisor Samantha Chamberlain harvests the tops of ‘Flo’ plants, one of the strains of cannabis grown in the greenhouse at The Pa…

The Pass cannabis dispensary and growing facility grows, processes, packages and sells its cannabis products at its Sheffield location.

Much of the product sold by The Pass comes from its own, on-site growing operation at its Main Street location and another growing facility in Ashley Falls. There is an indoor cultivation center — a multi-tiered system of light and humidity-controlled growing rooms that take plants through every stage of life, and a large natural light greenhouse with grow lights that turn on automatically when natural light levels dip below a certain threshold.

Once plants mature, are harvested, dried, and ready for use, they are either packaged and sold as flower, trimmed and rolled as "pre-roll" joints, or they hit The Pass' in-house lab, where they are made into a variety of consumable products. In the kitchen, Rosie McCormick, manager for marijuana-infused products, makes THC gummies and sours, while in the vacuum oven, marijuana concentrate bubbles to slowly become wax.

In his office, Eric Moskowitz, director of operations, has a view of it all.

With a balcony overlooking the storefront retail space filled with work by local artists on one side and a staircase to the hive of activity behind the scenes, Moskowitz can focus on finer details, like developing new packaging to regulate the humidity of flower once it is sold.