December 9, 2015

Being Nice for Santa – Cannabis Retailers Nicer than Alcohol Retailers in November

I would like to congratulate Washington’s State-legal Cannabis Retailers on being the BEST IN WASHINGTON regarding Compliance. Well done!  You have reason to celebrate.  Keep up your good work. The following chart summarizes reported violations (failure rates) by Cannabis Retailers (and other businesses) for the first four months of this Fiscal Year (July – Oct) compared to those for the month of November. While the overall violation rate for premises checks (presumably all I-502 businesses are subject to these) fell by over 12% in November, the rate of serving minors by […]
December 5, 2015

Microbes Ingesting Solvents?

Part 2 of Cannabis Testing Lab Results Summary Series You may be asking yourself why I might postulate that bacteria are ingesting solvents out there in the hard reality-based objective world of Washington’s State-legal Cannabis Lab-Testing Industry?  Aside from the possibility that the little things probably also enjoy alcohol (at low levels), it is an impression that arose while looking at the lab testing result data on both Residual Solvents and Microbial Screening. My previous post on Moisture testing and it’s surprisingly low rate of failing cured bud (see HI-Blog) […]
November 18, 2015

How Wet is Your BUD? – Initial Work Investigating Lab Results

Note: Shortly after I post this, I’m going to e-mail each of the labs certified for Cannabis testing under I-502 with a link to this blog.  I will solicit their feedback, and am going to try to set up a “behind the scenes dialogue” with them in order to reduce the likelihood that some weird pattern I see in the numbers is due to a completely normal, expected artifact of how the testing and/or reporting of testing results is conducted. I do not  want to be doing a disservice to […]
November 8, 2015

Cannabis Strain Naming in Washington

Ruderalis, Indica, Sativa, Scuzzy Oregonian Dirt-weed …. all have their place in the scientific naming of Cannabis (there I go, alienating all of those fine Oregonian growers … WELL PEOPLE, it was not we Washingtonians that decided to go all unfair market practices by not charging tax for OUR State-legal Cannabis.  What are you, Commies or something?…. I just don’t like cheaters). Regardless, the subject of my focus today is more mundane – the commercial naming conventions for the strains that are purported to be in the child-proof packages available from your […]