Growing Pains a Month Into California’s Market Launch

For about a month now, California’s adult use market has been open for business and the market is booming. About thirty days into the world’s largest adult use market launch, we are beginning to see side effects of the growing pains that come with adjusting the massive industry.

Consumers are also feeling sticker shock as the new taxes add up to a 40% increase in price.While the regulatory and licensing roll out has been relatively smooth, some municipalities are slower than others in welcoming the adult use cannabis industry. It took Los Angeles weeks longer than other counties to begin licensing dispensaries. Meanwhile, retailers in San Diego say the first month brought a huge influx of customers, challenging their abilities to meet higher-than-expected demand.

Businesses are struggling to deal with large amounts of cash, but California State Treasurer John Chiang may have a solution in store. Yesterday, his department announced they are planning to create a taxpayer-backed bank for cannabis businesses.

Reports of possible supply shortages are irking some businesses, fearing that the state hasn’t licensed enough growers and distributors to handle the high demand. Consumers are also feeling sticker shock as the new taxes add up to a 40% increase in price.

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California’s plan for phasing in testing requirements.

In the regulatory realm, some are concerned that a loophole in the rules allows bigger cultivation operations to squeeze out the competition from smaller businesses. The California Growers Association filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Food and Agriculture to try and close this loophole, hoping to give smaller cultivators a leg up before bigger companies can dominate the market.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (known as just “The Bureau”) began holding meetings and workshops to help cannabis businesses get acquainted with the new rules. Public licensing workshops in Irvine and San Diego held last week were designed to focus on information required for licensing and resources for planning. The Bureau also held their first cannabis advisory committee meeting, as well as announcing new subcommittees and an input survey to help the Bureau better meet business needs.

On the lab-testing front, the state has phased in cannabinoids, moisture content, residual solvent, pesticide, microbial impurities and homogeneity testing. On July 1, the state will phase in additional residual solvent and pesticide testing in addition to foreign material testing. At the end of 2018, they plan on requiring terpenoids, mycotoxins, heavy metals and water activity testing as well.

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Did This Guy Actually Dab A Tide Pod?

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Tide pods are colorful, they smell nice and they’re squishy enough to easily bite through. They’re also toxic, especially when ingested. As a result, there has been concern about their appeal to children. The fear was mainly surrounding small children ingesting them. However, the number of teenagers and young adults consuming them since the “tide pod challenge” first went viral is alarming. The tide pod challenge is a fad we’d hope would pass sooner. Unfortunately, the internet has embraced it and media coverage has done nothing to deter it. According to the latest statistics, its still going strong. To make matters worse, this horrible trend made its way into the world of weed when one dingus decided to dab a tide pod with his bong.

Tide Pod Challenge

Did This Guy Actually Dab A Tide Pod?

The American Association of Poison Control Centers noticed an increase of intentional exposures to tide pods among teenagers. Not even a month into the new year, there have already been well over 100 reports of exposure to the packets of laundry detergent with numbers increasing towards during the second half of the month.

Despite coverage by mainstream media about the dangers of consuming them, the number of exposures to the detergent capsules continues to increase. Videos of teenagers or groups of them eating tide pods continue to be posted on social media platforms.

Guy Uses Bong To Dab A Tide Pod

Did This Guy Actually Dab A Tide Pod?

What would drive a man to dab a tide pod? We assume he was seeking overnight fame and judging by the number of followers he has accumulated thus far, it worked.

A man used his dab rig and quartz banger in one of the worst ways possible. He got the nail hot with a torch and then pierced a tide pod, allowing the liquid detergent to spill, pooling into the bucket of his banger.

To make matters worse, he didn’t allow the nail to cool. Doing dabs of cannabis concentrate at very high-temperatures releases noxious chemicals. Replacing the concentrated cannabis with highly concentrated and toxic detergent makes things far more dangerous.

Unfortunately, the hot dab didn’t serve as a lesson for him. We thought the video would end with him being hospitalized or dying. Instead, he completed the challenge by biting into a tide pod at the last second. You could still see the smoke coming out of his banger from the burning detergent.

Final Hit: Don’t Dab A Tide Pod

Did This Guy Actually Dab A Tide Pod?

It already goes without saying that you shouldn’t eat a toxic packet of detergent. We’ve already seen tons of consequences from eating tide pods. In fact, one teenager suffered burns to his stomach and lungs just by eating it. Vaporizing or smoking a tide pod is probably even worse for the body. The guy in the video seems to survived but he only inhaled briefly and we don’t know what he went through once the video ended. A lot of the people doing these challenges probably know better but want the attention. To compete with celebrities and people who already have followings on social media, people are taking drastic measures to go viral.

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Damian Marley Is Growing Weed In An Abandoned Prison

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Bob Marley’s youngest son doesn’t believe in using prisons to take the freedoms of people that grow, sell and use cannabis. Instead, Damian Marley is growing weed in an abandoned prison.

We got our first look at the prison turned pot farm in Damian’s latest music video. His brother, Stephen Marley, joins him to drop lyrics dedicated to the glory of cannabis and a need for change. He illustrates the change he wants to see with mages of prisoners in their cells quickly turning to cannabis plants growing indoors or being harvested.

Medication

At the start of his latest single, you can hear recordings of people’s personal accounts with using cannabis to cure their diseases. Then, voices advocate legalizing cannabis before the reggae beat begins to play.

The lyrics start by appreciating the beauty and capabilities of cannabis. “Your leaves of green, your purples and blue. Has cured little kids, and old women too.”

In the first verse, Damian personifies cannabis, giving it a name and exclaiming, “I love you Mary Jane! You’re the prettiest of flowers, girl me can’t complain… And you no do people damage, like that bitch cocaine.”

Hypocrisy In The Industry

In the second verse, the lyrics focus on the hypocrisy in parts of the cannabis industry.

“Babylon so duppy, dem fight you fi years, and now the whole a dem a buy shares,” Damian spits.

Babylon is a way to refer to a corrupt system. The point he is trying to make is that large corporations that have been fighting to keep cannabis illegal are now buying shares to reap the benefits of legal cannabis.”

Purity

The third verse is about how he likes to grow weed indoors with “not a stick nor seed. And she never force ripe, it was a real slow speed. No fertilizer, natural baby feed. No cross pollination, she’s a real pure breed.”

This verse sounds like a guide on how to grow organic weed. Damian has claimed that the integrity of his cannabis is important to him. He won’t sell something he isn’t comfortable using personally. His farm is expected to generate at least a hundred of jobs with other monetary benefits.

Prison Pot Farm

Bob Marley’s youngest son Damian partnered with Ocean Grown Extracts to purchase the Claremont Custody Center in the City of Coalinga. The facility was shut down in 2011 and sold in 2016. The town got $4.1 million for the sale which helped to alleviate their $3.3 million debt.

Final Hit: Damian Marley Is Growing Weed In An Abandoned Prison

Damian Marley’s plan to turn a prison into a pot farm has become a reality. He is using both his farm and music to shift the perspective of cannabis as an illegal drug to a medicine. If you’re a fan of weed and reggae, you’ll love this track. Damian has been a performing musician since the age of 13 and he’s now using his art to illustrate a need for change. By turning a prison that once profited from cannabis being criminalized into a place where medicine is made, he paints a perfect picture of the type of change we need today.

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The World’s First Ever CBD Store Will Open This Week

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If you’re a CBD fan, your world is about to get a whole lot better. That’s because the world’s first ever CBD store is set to open this week. The store, which is called “Buy Legal Meds,” is set to open in Las Vegas, and from the sounds of things, it will offer pretty much every CBD product you can imagine.

The World’s First Ever CBD Store

Buy Legal Meds is the world’s first ever CBD store. As such, it will specialize in all things CBD. More specifically, it will sell everything from CBD tinctures to CBD topicals, edibles, smoothies and even CBD pet products. To make it even better, the store will also carry a full lineup of CBD flowers and concentrates.

The CEO of the new company, Joe Vargas, said he hopes to provide patients a full CBD experience, not just products they can take home and use in private.

“They can play video games here, they can smoke CBD flowers, CBD dabs,” he recently told Las Vegas media sources.

Vargas said that all CBD products sold in the store will be produced at the store’s in-house manufacturing plant. The store will open Wednesday, January 31. To celebrate its grand opening, Buy Legal Meds will give customers a free gram of CBD flower throughout the entire month of February.

A Powerful Form of Medicine

Vargas said he has personal experience with the medicinal benefits of CBD.

“I actually was in the navy for eight years,” he said. “I suffered from anxiety and I actually got out on a medical discharge because of anxiety. Helps out with MS, fibromyalgia, anxiety, ADD, a list of ailments.”

Cannabis contains a huge number of naturally-produced chemicals known as cannabinoids. These are the compounds that interact with your body when you consume the plant.

Generally speaking, THC is the cannabinoid that produces weed’s psychoactive effects. On the other hand, CBD is not psychoactive. In fact, it helps mellow out a lot of the effects produced by THC. Additionally, it provides much of the plant’s medicinal properties.

Because CBD is not psychoactive, it falls into a slightly different legal category than THC. Cannabis with high levels of THC remains illegal at the federal level. But industrial hemp plants that have minimal levels of THC and high levels of CBD can legally be grown and produced under the Farm Bill of 2014.

Vargas said that all products sold at Buy Legal Meds are produced from hemp plants.

Final Hit: The World’s First Ever CBD Store Will Open This Week

The folks behind the world’s first ever CBD store hope to expand to other states. Vargas said they have already had interest in places like Los Angeles and Denver, both of which are in states where medical and recreational weed has been legalized.

There are currently 29 states where medical marijuana is legal. It is unclear whether or not Vargas has plans to open stores in any of these states. Each state has its own set of medical marijuana laws. These rules dictate who can access medical marijuana, how much they can possess, what types of cannabis products they can use, and what types of businesses can sell it.

If things go well for this first Buy Legal Meds store, the company could eventually expand into states where CBD stores would legally be allowed to operate.

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Cannasure Launches Insurance Program For Weed Businesses

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Being federally illegal and operating with cash-only, weed businesses come with lots of risks. Some of them are specific to the cannabis industry. As a result, insurance companies, like Cannasure, that cater to the needs of businesses in the industry have been around for years. And now, Cannasure is launching a new comprehensive insurance program for weed businesses so farmers and dispensers can finally sleep at night.

Cannasure Launches Cannabis Program

Cannasure Insurance Services is based in Cleveland, Ohio but their insurance program for weed businesses will expand to every state with legalized marijuana. They cover both medical and recreational marijuana businesses. This includes dispensaries, processors/manufacturers, ancillary businesses, landlords and testing laboratories. Considering a greener approach to your business, like growing organic weed? Cannasure covers cultivation too.

There is even coverage for marijuana events. Cannasure has event relocation coverage, event cancellation coverage, product coverage and equipment coverage. Cars at cannabis events have been broken into and festivals have been raided with all the medicine at the event being seized. Now, there is even insurance coverage that will take care of any monetary losses experienced due to misplaced products or medicine at an event.

“The cannabis industry is evolving at an unprecedented rate and because of this so are the industry-specific risk factors and operational demands,” said Patrick McManamon, CEO of Cannasure Insurance Services.

The program will be managed by Kieran O’Rourke, who has over twenty years of property/casualty underwriting and senior management experience.

Coverage

Businesses will be eligible for up to $5 million in general liability as well as property protection. This includes furniture, fixtures and equipment. Even medicine can be covered. They claim the rates are affordable and you can see the money cannabis companies have saved so far on their website.

On top of property coverage, the money lost during the time it takes to re-open your business after a fire is also covered. For some dispensaries a few days closed means a huge tank in profits. Fortunately, Cannasure can make that a problem of the past.

Cannasure’s program aims to satisfy the specific needs of the cannabis industry. As a result, they cover any loss of medicine from theft or fire. They also offer coverage for any weed being transported from cultivation site to dispensary.

Since dispensaries are forced to operate in cash, they have been the perfect target for robbers. As a result, businesses have had to dish out for 24-hour security for facilities and for transporting cash or product. They couldn’t afford a loss because it might not be covered by their businesses insurance.

On top of inventory coverage against risks like fire and theft, Cannasure offers product liability. This means if someone sues due to an unexpected reaction to medicine, the insurance company will cover the expenses of both the cost to defend the lawsuit and the potential loss.

Final Hit: Cannasure Insurance Program For Weed Businesses

A fire or theft doesn’t need to result in an unrecoverable loss for weed businesses. Cannasure has been one of the leading forms of insurance coverage for marijuana since 2010. The launch of the program for new business submission will be effective on February 1st of 2018. Weed businesses can reach out to them and other insurance companies for quotes to compare coverage and prices.

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Canadian Lawmakers Pushing To Decriminalize All Drugs

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A group of lawmakers in Canada wants the country to move much further than cannabis legalization. They want the country to decriminalize all illegal drugs. With Canadian lawmakers pushing to decriminalize all drugs, conversations about drug laws and public health are receiving heightened attention.

Decriminalization Sparks Debate

A group of Liberal Members of Parliament (MPs) is now calling on the federal government to decriminalize the possession and use of all illegal drugs. Lawmakers in this group are pushing to get a broad decriminalization bill on the 2019 federal election ballot.

The idea is grabbing attention throughout the country and is sparking some lively debate. Liberal lawmakers in favor of the proposal see it as a way of effectively treating drug abuse problems by reframing addiction. They want people to see it as a public health concern rather than a criminal one.

Those in favor of decriminalization cite other countries who have made similar changes as evidence that this approach works. In particular, many have pointed to Portugal.

Starting in 2001, Portugal got rid of criminal penalties for possessing and consuming drugs. Instead of arresting, prosecuting, fining, and jailing people who use drugs, the country has re-routed resources toward expanding a variety of health services.

“We see on all the metrics that matter, in terms of a public health approach, positive success stories,” Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith told sources. “I think the easiest way of thinking about it is we currently use the criminal justice system to tackle drug abuse and let’s use the health system as much as possible to tackle drug abuse instead.”

On the other hand, Conservative lawmakers have expressed concerns over the proposal. Many see it as encouraging drug abuse rather than discouraging it.

“If you’re saying it’s OK to consume this, you’re not sending out the message here that this is a huge problem that tears families apart, destroys peoples’ health, decreases the safety within this country,” said Conservative justice critic Rob Nicholson. “Because who’s going to be providing them with this? These are the criminal elements.”

Final Hit: Canadian Lawmakers Pushing To Decriminalize All Drugs

The proposal to decriminalize all drugs in Canada comes as the country prepares to legalize cannabis. For years, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has voiced his intention to make weed legal at the federal level.

After several years of laying the groundwork, the country is now pushing for a deadline of July 2018. In recent months, lawmakers have made concrete legislative steps toward accomplishing that goal.

Importantly, Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould officially introduced Bill C-45, also known as The Cannabis Act, to Parliament last April. Then, in November 2017, the bill received widespread support among lawmakers. It won in a 200 to 82 vote. Although that vote did not make weed legal, it was a key step in the process.

Obviously, the more recent proposal of decriminalizing all illegal drugs goes much further than cannabis legalization. As of now, it is unclear whether or not such an idea has enough support to make its way onto an official ballot.

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Aurora Leads Cannabis Import Race in Italy by Winning (Mostly) Exclusive Rights

Just as the dust had settled on the news that Canadian LP Aurora had signed agreements to finance a major growing facility in Denmark, the company also added another European feather to its cannabis cap.

On January 18, the company announced that it is the sole and exclusive winner of an EU-wide tender bid to begin to supply medical cannabis to the Italian government through the Ministry of Defense. Why is this federal agency in charge instead of the federal ministry of health? So far, the Italian cannabis program has been overseen exclusively by the Italian military.

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Pedanios cannabis, produced in Canada and imported through Germany

But the military just isn’t cut out to cultivate cannabis for the entire medical needs of a country, which should seem obvious. And that is where the Canadian LPs apparently are coming into play.

There were two stages to the bid, with Pedanios, Aurora’s German-based arm prequalifying in the first. In the final round, Pedianos won exclusive rights to begin supplying the government with medical cannabis.

What is interesting, however, is what this says not only about the potential growth of the cannabis market in Italy, but beyond that, Germany.

A German-Canadian Sourced Italian Product?

Pedanios, who won the bid, is the German-based arm of Aurora, one of Canada’s largest LPs. And Italian medical cannabis is now about to be routed by them from Canada, via Berlin, to market locally via pharmacies. It is certainly one of the stranger paths to market globally.

This announcement is even more interesting given that Aurora is widely suspected to be one of the top contenders in the still-pending German bid.aurora logo

Could this herald a German-sourced cannabis crop for an Italian neighbour?

And what does this say about the sheer amount of volume potentially needed for cultivation next door (or even in Italy) as Germany begins its own cultivation program, presumably this year, to source an already undersupplied domestic market where growing numbers of patients are getting their medical cannabis covered under public health insurance?

Will Germany further antagonize its neighbours over a cannabis trade imbalance? Or does this mean that a spurt of domestic Italian cannabis production is also about to start?

There are 80 million Germans and about 60 million Italians. Who will be the cannabis company to supply them?

Nuuvera Also Makes Italian Moves

Less widely reported, however, was the news that Aurora/Pedanios would not be the only private supplier to the Italian market. Nuuvera, which just announced that they had become finalists in the competitive Germany cultivation bid, also just acquired an import license to Italy for medical cannabis by buying Genoa based FL Group.Nuuvera logo

One thing is clear. The pattern of establishing presence here by the foreign (mostly Canadian) firms has been one of acquisition and financing partnerships for the past 2 years.

Import until you cultivate is also clearly the guiding policy of legalizing EU countries on the canna front.

The question really is at this point, how long can the import over cultivation preference continue? Especially given the expense of imported cannabis. Not to mention the cannabis farms now popping up all over the EU at a time when the Canadian market will have enough volume from recreational sales to keep all the large (and small) LPs at production capacity for years to come.

In the next year, in fact, look for this reality to start changing. No matter who has import licenses now with flower and oil crossing oceans at this point, within the next 18-24 months, look for this pattern to switch.

The distributors will be the same of course. But the brand (and source) of their product will be from European soil.

Foreign Invasions, Domestic Cultivation Rights & More

ICBC logoOne of the more interesting professional conferences this year globally will clearly be the ICBC in Berlin, where all of these swirling competitions and companies come together for what is shaping up to be the most influential cannabis business conference in Europe outside of Spannabis (and with a slightly different approach). Nowhere else in the world now are international companies (from bases in Canada, Australia and Israel primarily) competing in such close proximity for so many foreign cannabis markets and cultivation rights to go with them.

With the average cultivation facility in Europe going for about USD $30-40 million a pop in terms of sheer capital requirements plus the additional capital to finance the inevitable delays, such market presence does not come cheap.

It is increasingly clear that the only business here will also be of the highly regulated, controlled medical variety for some time to come.

That said, when the move towards recreational does come, and within the next four years or so, the global players who have opened these markets on the medical side, will be well positioned to provide product for a consumer base that is already being primed at the pump. Even if for now, the only access is via a doctor’s prescription.

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10 Treatment Methods to Reduce Mold in Cannabis

As the operations manager at Los Sueños Farms, the largest outdoor cannabis farm in the country, I was tasked with the challenge of finding a yeast and mold remediation treatment method that would ensure safe and healthy cannabis for all of our customers while complying with stringent regulations.

While outdoor cannabis is not inherently moldy, outdoor farms are vulnerable to changing weather conditions. Wind transports spores, which can cause mold. Each spore is a colony forming unit if plated at a lab, even if not germinated in the final product. In other words, perfectly good cannabis can easily fail microbial testing with the presence of benign spores.

Fun Fact: one square centimeter of mold can produce over 2,065,000,000 spores.

If all of those landed on cannabis it would be enough to cause over 450 pounds of cannabis to fail testing, even if those spores remained ungerminated.

Photo credit: Steep Hill- a petri dish of mold growth from tested cannabis

It should also be known that almost every food item purchased in a store goes through some type of remediation method to be considered safe for sale. Cannabis is finally becoming a legitimized industry and we will see regulations that make cannabis production look more like food production each year.

Regulations in Colorado (as well as Nevada and Canada) require cannabis to have a total yeast and mold count (TYMC) of ≤ 10,000 colony forming units per gram. We needed a TYMC treatment method that was safe, reliable, efficient and suitable for a large-scale operation. Our main problem was the presence of fungal spores, not living, growing mold.

Below is a short list of the pros and cons of each treatment method I compiled after two years of research:

Autoclave: This is the same technology used to sterilize tattoo needles and medical equipment. Autoclave uses heat and pressure to kill living things. While extremely effective, readily available and fiscally reasonable, this method is time-consuming and cannot treat large batches. It also utilizes moisture, which increases mold risk. The final product may experience decarboxylation and a change in color, taste and smell.

Dry Heat: Placing cannabis in dry heat is a very inexpensive method that is effective at reducing mold and yeast. However, it totally ruins product unless you plan to extract it.

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An autoclave
Image: Tom Beatty, Flickr

Gamma Ray Radiation: By applying gamma ray radiation, microbial growth is reduced in plants without affecting potency. This is a very effective, fast and scalable method that doesn’t cause terpene loss or decarboxylation. However, it uses ionizing radiation that can create new chemical compounds not present before, some of which can be cancer-causing. The Department of Homeland Security will never allow U.S. cannabis farmers to use this method, as it relies on a radioactive isotope to create the gamma rays.

Gas Treatment: (Ozone, Propylene Oxide, Ethylene Oxide, Sulfur Dioxide) Treatment with gas is inexpensive, readily available and treats the entire product. Gas treatment is time consuming and must be handled carefully, as all of these gases are toxic to humans. Ozone is challenging to scale while PPO, EO and SO2 are very scalable. Gases require special facilities to apply and it’s important to note that gases such as PPO and EO are carcinogenic. These methods introduce chemicals to cannabis and can affect the end product by reducing terpenes, aroma and flavor.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Spraying cannabis plants with a hydrogen peroxide mixture can reduce yeast and mold. However, moisture is increased, which can cause otherwise benign spores to germinate. This method only treats the surface level of the plant and is not an effective remediation treatment. It also causes extreme oxidation, burning the cannabis and removing terpenes.

Microwave: This method is readily available for small-scale use and is non-chemical based and non-ionizing. However, it causes uneven heating, burning product, which is damaging to terpenes and greatly reduces quality. This method can also result in a loss of moisture. Microwave treatment is difficult to scale and is not optimal for large cultivators.

Radio Frequency: This method is organic, non-toxic, non-ionizing and non-chemical based. It is also scalable and effective; treatment time is very fast and it treats the entire product at once. There is no decarboxylation or potency loss with radio frequency treatment. Minimal moisture loss and terpene loss may result. This method has been proven by a decade of use in the food industry and will probably become the standard in large-scale treatment facilities.

Steam Treatment: Water vapor treatment is effective in other industries, scalable, organic and readily available. This method wets cannabis, introducing further mold risk, and only treats the product surface. It also uses heat, which can cause decarboxylation, and takes a long time to implement. This is not an effective method to reduce TYMC in cannabis, even though it works very well for other agricultural products

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Extraction can be an effective form of remediating contaminated cannabis

Extraction: Using supercritical gas such as butane, heptane, carbon dioxide or hexane in the cannabis extraction process is the only method of remediation approved by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division and is guaranteed to kill almost everything. It’s also readily available and easy to access. However, this time-consuming method will change your final product into a concentrate instead of flower and usually constitutes a high profit loss.

UV Light: This is an inexpensive and readily available method that is limited in efficacy. UV light is only effective on certain organisms and does not work well for killing mold spores. It also only kills what the light is touching, unless ozone is captured from photolysis of oxygen near the UV lamp. It is time consuming and very difficult to scale.

After exhaustively testing and researching all treatment methods, we settled on radio frequency treatment as the best option. APEX, a radio frequency treatment machine created by Ziel, allowed us to treat 100 pounds of cannabis in an hour – a critical factor when harvesting 36,000 plants during the October harvest.

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Two Police Officers Suspended After Taking Weed Edibles At Work

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A law enforcement agency in Canada is handling a rather unusual case: two police officers suspended after taking weed edibles at work. According to reports, this happened over the weekend in a major Canadian metropolis. The cops in question allegedly ingested cannabis-infused food while on the clock and must now deal with the ramifications of that decision. Here’s what went down up north.

Reefer Raid

Two Police Officers Suspended After Taking Weed Edibles At Work

On Saturday night, in the Canadian city of Toronto, police officers carried out a raid of a marijuana dispensary. The reason for the raid has not been disclosed. But one can safely assume that during such a raid, police officers are expected to follow certain protocols. These protocols may include refraining from consuming the products that they confiscated.

An unnamed source in the force told a local news outlet that two of the officers involved in the raid didn’t get the memo about entering certain items into the Evidence Department. Or, maybe they did, and just thought that the protocol didn’t apply to them.

These police officers allegedly stole some edibles from the dispensary. And ate them while they were still on the clock.

The two police officers suspended after taking weed edibles at work were apparently not familiar with how edible marijuana works. According to the source, after initial ingestion, they did not feel anything immediately. So they ate more. Rookie mistake.

Predictably, the edibles hit them harder than they intended, and things got a bit dicey. The exact details of their night aren’t clear, but it’s likely that the two just got way too high. They ended up calling local paramedics for assistance. And also their fellow officers.

Final Hit: Two Police Officers Suspended After Taking Weed Edibles At Work

Two Police Officers Suspended After Taking Weed Edibles At Work

As the investigation into this bizarre matter is ongoing, the spokespeople for the Toronto Police Association were reticent with the details.

One of the spokespeople, Kim McKinnon, disclosed that hospital staff admitted the two officers. One was admitted for a “medical condition” and the other for a “minor trauma”. Further details about either ailment were not given.

The names of the two police officers suspended after taking weed edibles at work were also not given.

The President of the Toronto Police Association, Mike McCormack, confirmed that the two officers are under investigation and that the investigation is indeed related to drug use. He would not, however, give any more details than that.

“It’s only speculation at this time,” he told reporters. “I’m not going to speculate on an ongoing investigation.”

The fact that this misadventure in edibles took place in Canada is interesting. Canada plans to have fully legalized cannabis by the summer. But even so, one can guess that civil servants, including police officers, will be discouraged from consuming weed while working.

It’s equally likely that consuming so many stolen edibles that emergency services are required while on shift will also be frowned upon.

Whatever the outcome of the investigation is, we can only hope that the actions of these officers do not affect the legalization and regulation process in the country.

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Almost Half of Weed Users Have Gone To Work High

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Almost half of weed users have gone to work high in marijuana-legal states like Colorado, according to the latest research from Instamator. What’s more is around 40 percent of these high laborers claim to be ripped on the clock at least once a week, the study finds.

Although many experienced cannabis users often claim the intoxicating effects of marijuana does not throw a wrench in their overall work performance, some of these folks could be at risk of losing their jobs. Regardless of the newly legal climate in many jurisdictions all across the United States, employers are still looking to fire stoners.

Workers Who Use Marijuana Can Still Get Fired in Legal States

When Colorado became the first state in the country to legalize the leaf for recreational use, many companies worried that high times would bring about the demise of the economy. But while those wild predictions were rooted in reefer madness, especially considering that, four years later, Colorado has become of the best economies in the nation, employers soon gained ground in their ability to can those of their workers who showed up to put in their eight hours with THC in their system.

Because marijuana remains an outlaw substance in the eyes of the federal government, there is nothing stopping companies from drug testing their workers for weed. Even in legal states, drug-free workplace policies prevent warehouse workers, fork drivers and a variety of others from smoking weed, even on their own time.

In fact, it was just a few years ago that a Colorado medical marijuana patient named Brandon Coats was terminated from his position at Dish Network after testing positive for marijuana.

Although Coats told his boss that he never smoked weed on the job, he was tossed into the unemployment line without question. He later took his case to court and lost.

The Colorado Supreme Court eventually ruled that Dish Network was well within its right to fire Coats over a positive drug test for weed because Uncle Sam still considers it a Schedule I dangerous drug.

“Colorado’s ‘lawful activities statute,’ the term ‘lawful’ refers only to those activities that are lawful under both state and federal law,” the court wrote in its decision. “Therefore, employees who engage in an activity such as medical marijuana use that is permitted by state law but unlawful under federal law are not protected by the statute.”

Driving High to Work Can Cause Problems, Too

Almost Half of Weed Users Have Gone To Work High

For those who go to work stoned, there is more at risk than simply losing gainful employment. There is also a risk of getting slapped with a pesky DUID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs.).

Although weed is sold in a manner similar to beer in recreational states, law enforcement is still out there searching for people who get behind the wheel after a few tokes. This is one of the most problematic aspects of marijuana legalization, as there is presently no device available that can accurately detect marijuana intoxication. This means someone who smoked weed a week ago could still find his or herself in trouble with the law if an officer happens to suspect they are driving stoned. This happens all of the time.

Yet, while a DUID could result in a person having their driver’s license suspended or even revoked—crippling their ability to get to and from work—the inability to prove impairment in marijuana users has caused many of these case to be dismissed—but only if they are taken to trial.

In order for DUID charges to stick, a prosecutor must show evidence that the accused was “impaired,” and not just a “responsible user” abiding the laws set out by the state. In most of these cases, there is very little evidence to prove a motorist is guilty of stoned driving.

Simply Bringing Marijuana to Work Could Get a Person Fired

Although marijuana possession is legal in many states, there is often a separate set of rules when it comes to places of employment. An employer with a zero-tolerance drug policy has the right to forbid marijuana from the premises. So even that employee who keeps pot in his or her vehicle for those after-hours toke sessions could still be fired if someone happens to snitch. And let’s face it—there is always someone looking to narc out a coworker.

Although this particular situation would not bring about any legal woes, it could if the person smokes weed in the vehicle during lunch break. Public marijuana consumption is against the law in every legal state.

Final Hit: Almost Half of Weed Users Have Gone To Work High

Interesting, the study finds that 50 percent of the respondents who admitted to going to work high are fully aware they could lose their jobs if it was ever discovered. Well over 70 percent of these folks told researchers that they have been reporting to work stoned long before marijuana was ever considered a legal substance.

Yet, the study is a far cry from the kind of scientific exploration needed to paint an accurate portrait of this issue. Instamator, which is an app used to search for used cars, only polled 600 people for the survey. More research is needed in order to get a firm grip on weed in the workplace.

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