May 11, 2016

Friendly is as Friendly Does

Consumer power is the only thing that seems capable of increasing the credibility of the Cannabis testing results reported by Washington’s State-certified Labs. QA Work Groups and competent oversight will help, but it’s what consumers choose to purchase and where they choose to shop that is the ultimate key to solving what I view as the biggest current risk facing this market. Late last year, I posted a series of articles examining the Quality Assurance (safety) and Cannabinoid Profile (potency) testing allegedly conducted by the Labs certified to service Washington’s […]
April 20, 2016

Will 4/20/16 Yield the Biggest Retail Week Yet?

When our Liquor and Cannabis Board reports daily statewide cannabis sales, their reporting week ends on Mondays. From these data, we know that the 7-day period spanning Tuesday April 12 through Monday April 18 enjoyed $10,687,754.59 in state-wide total retail sales, representing a daily average of almost $1,527,000. That’s not bad, particularly given that these totals do not include excise (or sales) taxes. In honor of today’s special 4/20-ness, I’ve put together the following predictions relating to this week and to the growing hunger of adult Washingtonians for State-legal Cannabis. […]
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 […]
February 28, 2016

Washington Cannabis Commission: Good for Farmers and for You

Cannabis is a plant that, when sold for profit, is a commercial agricultural product. Author’s note – what follows is my opinion. The diverse group of folks with whom I shared much of the past year working toward this point in the process of forming the “Washington Cannabis Commission” may not all agree with everything I say below. If that is the case, I encourage them to use the comment section below this post to point out where they see things (or remember things) differently than do I. -Jim The […]