California’s commercial cannabis legalization will take effect on January 1, 2018, and the state legislature is hard at work making final revisions and considering complementary legislation. Here’s a look at what’s on the table:
January, 2018, will mark the fifth anniversary since Colorado’s recreational cannabis legalization began. In just a few short years, the state has enjoyed substantial benefits from passing this historic legislation. To date, only seven other states have legal recreational cannabis besides Colorado, and they are; Alaska, Oregon, Massachusetts, Nevada, Washington, Maine, California, as well as Washington D.C. A few legal states are still working on implementing their new cannabis programs. Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, recently vetoed a bill that would have regulated and initiated their adult-use cannabis industry, citing continued illegality at a federal level. California will begin recreational cannabis sales in the first month of 2018. Below, we’ll explore six of the primary effects of legalization in Colorado.
Canada, likely to be second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana at a nationwide level, has become the frontrunner for global exports of medical marijuana. Although Health Canada claims it did not intend to position itself as the leader, it has continued to issue international exporting permits to its medical marijuana companies. Tilray began exporting medical marijuana in the form of liquid capsules to Croatia in June of 2016 with an export permit provided by Health Canada. The global marijuana market was estimated at $200 billion in April of 2017.
Like any business, Cannabis businesses need a steady flow of revenue to continue to operate. In a cannabis cultivation operation, cutting a little corner here or there may seem like a good idea, particularly as prices drop for product across the United States. Getting more product to market faster may seem like a good strategy for staying in the black, but if you take this path you may regret it later — and here’s why.
Canada’s House of Commons has been getting an earful recently from members of the Saskatoon Police Service, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Ontario Provincial Police, and the Saskatoon Police Service. The organizations say the Canada’s recently approved bill to legalize marijuana nationwide has dismayed police officers who feel they will not be ready to enforce the laws by the time legalization occurs, which is slated for July 1, 2018.
If you’ve ever grown cannabis outside, you know the timing of your cannabis grow is dictated by the number of daylight hours available throughout the year. This is because the cannabis plant’s life cycle is dictated by photoperiodism (the physical response of an organism to seasonal day length changes). In other words, any plant is dependent upon light, or in this case, sunlight, to grow — the amount of light a plant gets, dictates its growth and stage of development.
Many cannabis industry experts have begun utilizing a style of greenhouse cultivation called light deprivation. Light deprivation is the practice of using blackout fabric to reduce the hours of sunlight that the plants receive, effectively triggering them to start flowering on demand. This process of controlling the amount of sunlight allows greenhouse growers to use the most effective and cost efficient light source, the sun, without being limited to producing only a single crop per year.
The word “microdosing” might put you in mind of a bygone 1960’s era when it referred to taking a bit of LSD, or acid, to increase your creativity and open your mind to new ideas. But that’s not what we’re talking about here today. The cannabis industry has created a different era and type of microdosing, centered only on cannabis. Read on for more information on this growing trend and how it works.
On October 10, 2017, the Bureau of Cannabis Control held a licensing workshop for people interested in becoming a part of California’s adult use and medical use cannabis industries. The workshop was held from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., and only 75 people RSVP’d through various event websites. Over 2,000 people attended the event, over 26 times the amount the Bureau was expecting. Due to to underestimated attendance, many people waited hours to enter the building, and the crowd was very diverse, from businessmen in suits to illicit cannabis growers looking to become legal, licensed cannabis cultivators. As the long line progressed, people took advantage of the idle time by networking, advertising their products, and talking about the services they would provide in the future to the cannabis industry in southern California.
Although cannabis is legal for adult use in eight states visitors face the challenge of finding a place to legally consume these newly available products. Currently there are no venues that legally allow the social or public use of cannabis and most accommodations also prohibit its use. Even local residents may not be able to consume cannabis in their own homes if their landlords will not allow it. A few states and municipalities however are on the verge of implementing social use regulations.
They say time is money – and for commercial marijuana producers so is space. By maximizing greenhouse space and evenly distributing labor needs, commercial producers can increase cannabis supply and improve profit margins.
To yield a more consistent supply, it’s recommended that commercial producers establish a perpetual harvest. Through a process known as symbiotic rotation, producers maintain plants in all stages of plant development. Plants are moved through the differents areas of the cultivation facility to maintain a steady supply of flowering plants, thus meeting market demand more consistently.