Jim MacRae

July 25, 2017

Where to Find Terpestival Winners – Top Retail Access Points

Last Saturday, CASP (The Cannabis & Social Policy Center) put on the 3rd annual Terpestival in Seattle down in SODO. – with the help of the wonderful Lara Kaminsky and a growing rank of helpers and sponsors of this most worthy non-profit. Flower samples and concentrate samples were evaluated using a combination of the levels of key Terpenes (quantified by the more-ISO-certified-than-most Medicine Creek Analytics) and the subjective ratings of quality by a panel of knowledgeable judges (flavor/taste/effect-type quality). A number of awards were given in various categories (including a […]
July 22, 2017

Identifying Patient-Killing Frankenstein Stores: First Steps

Based on the data from the first year of Washington’s Regulated Medical Cannabis System, my assumption that the Patient Protection Act (SSB-5052) of 2015 would actually protect those Washingtonians who depend on Cannabis or Cannabinoid-containing products as part of their medicine/supplement regime was clearly wrong. See a summary of the state of the thing that our Legislators and Regulators call Medical Cannabis that I recently published on HI-Blog . I’ve spent a good deal of time pondering the reason(s) why the adoption of the regulated medical system by Patients, the […]
July 20, 2017

Active Store Count & Average per-Store Cannabis Sales

I am one of those quants that is generally cautious of the tyranny of the mean. Averages are clearly useful for understanding how normative levels change (if at all) as a function of different inputs or groupings. They also, unfortunately, often hide the interesting parts of the underlying distributions of data upon which they are based. With that caveat, and with a ridiculously surprisingly small amount of associated verbiage, I would like to present to you two similar charts summarizing retail sales over the first three years of State-legal Retail […]
July 17, 2017

Oops! We Seem to Have Forgotten to Protect Patients in Washington

The closet numerologist and gregarious creature hidden deep within compels me to wish you a happy 7/17/17! In one of the many numerical quirks of the Universe, if one takes 7-17-17 and decomposes it, the result is three lucky 7s and two decimal-centric 10s. If one then adds the three 7s, to get 21 and then the two 10s to get 20 and then takes the audacious and admittedly somewhat frivolous step of multiplying those two interim results — guess what one gets as the core numerical foundation driving this […]