Farming

December 1, 2017

Wholesale Prices and $3 Billion of Diversionable Product

Earlier this week, one of the local drug interdiction task forces infesting the state announced the bust of 32,449 plants (and some cash and gold and a few houses and people) estimated to be worth $80,000,000. In using a $2,465 per plant valuation, these asset-forfeiture specialists are, apparently, assuming this to be the level of pricing that WA-produced product is expected to command on the streets of non-legal states craving product of the quality produced in the Pacific Northwest. I am glad that these heavily armed and armored folk have […]
November 23, 2017

Canna, Canna Everywhere, Yet not a Drop of Diversion

Note  Jerry Whiting just posted the audio of  a 15-minute chat he and I had the other day on this topic up on “LeBlanc CNE on Soundcloud” at the following link: https://soundcloud.com/leblanccne/jim-macrae-traceability-harvest Last year’s fall harvest was large enough, relative to the small number of retail access points licensed and open for business, to cause a multi-month “glut” of available product in wholesalers’ inventory.  This increased the difficulty for farms to sell their product at anticipated price levels and resulted, in many cases, in product remaining either unsold or unsold […]
May 2, 2017

MayDay Anarchists Funding our Government

On Monday, the State of Washington saw $2,429,211 in pre-tax Cannabis sales reported by State-legal and duly regulated Cannabis Retail establishments. This is a rather large number for a Monday. I’m guessing it was directly from participants in many of the primarily peaceful and compassionate marches and celebrations around the State. I’m further guessing that the Anarchistic sub-elements (Jerry — you know who I’m talking to behind that silky-smooth mask) likely consumed, per-capita, much more than your average MayDayer. Between Excise tax and State Sales tax (37% and 6.5%, respectively), […]
April 12, 2016

Is the Sun the best Pesticide?

Last month, the SLOG reported on a number of Washington Cannabis samples that had been tested for pesticides. I recently completed an assessment of these test results for a client who has been kind enough to allow me to share some of it with you. The methodology used was to categorize each of the 36 farms/processors that had product tested into whether their raw material was likely to be Outdoor, Indoor or “Mix”. Numerous inputs were used to classify the grow types. Outdoor implies product that is primarily lighted by […]