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 […]
May 16, 2017

Enough on the Labs, Already! My Closing Words on a Filthy Issue.

It’s been a labor of love, these past two years putzing with the laboratory data and occasionally digesting (and deflecting) ad hominen feedback. (The above logo, of a baby Cannabis clone being suffocated in a condom, comes from the website of the supposed “Washington Cannabis Laboratory Association” — be careful of this group, as one should probably be slow to trust an organization that would advocate for the mis-treatment of a little helpless baby plant). Lots of interesting stuff, lots of potent stuff, and lots of filthy stuff. I’m going […]
May 10, 2017

Potency – as it should be?

This follow-up to my recent post “Facts and Alt-Facts: How 2 labs Report on Potency” serves primarily as a response to those readers and interested parties that took the time to comment either on how the two charts aligned with their expectations or how my methods were allegedly deceitful. I’ll put aside the “attack the messenger” tone uniting the latter group of posts, and focus today on the reported “Total Cannabinoid” trends reported by the top-volume Friendly lab and the top-volume PRAGUE lab for the period spanning May, 2015 through […]