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Air Tight

Dec 31, 2018

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Show Notes:

Greetings everyone, it’s the last show of 2018.  Wow that’s it, we’re on to 2019, what are you going to do this year?  Tell 2 friends and surround yourself with positive people. I’m going to write 2 ebooks, one is cookbook and the other is how I make a “Veg Can”.   How will you celebrate?

-I got a new a mic, it is the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone.

-If you use fabric pots indoors, remember to the bottom of the pot gets ventilated ( thanks Andrew).  If not the water could pool at the bottom and cause disease and algae to grow.

-Starting next week I’m going to start a series on pests.  It’ll be indepth then what I’ve done in the past.

Strain of the Week:  Cinderella 99 - Cinderella 99, otherwise known as C99, or simply “Cindy,” is a sativa-dominant hybrid bred by Mr. Soul of Brothers Grimm. She’s best known for her potent cerebral high, sweet fruity flavors, and epic yields.  According to Mr. Soul, C99 was created using seeds found in a Sensi branded 2 gram package of “Jack Herer” purchased at an Amsterdam coffee shop. Cindy’s effects are usually described as dreamy, euphoric, and uplifting.

Social Media:  Strainly and seed patents.

Breeders can pledge varietals to OSSI using the Open Source Seed Initiative Variety Designation agreement.  Approved varietals become “freed seeds” as opposed to “free seed”… The varietal is freed with respect to use, but not free in price. A pledged variety can be sold, freed from restrictions. OSSI-seeds come with a copy of the pledge to maintain and expand the commitment as the seeds are distributed.

Report from the cannabis front line:  

-Thiland legalized  medical cannabis

-New possible cannabis regulations for California in 2019.

-The so-called Phase 3 rules take effect Dec. 31.

They require all harvested cannabis and marijuana products to be tested for heavy metals (Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic, and Mercury) and mycotoxins, or toxins created by mold. Products whose labels make terpene claims will also be subject to terpenoid tests, and solid and semi-solid edibles and inhalable cannabis products will be subject to water activity tests to measure the amount of available water in them.

But there are big concerns in the industry.  Number of labs, costs of new test and problems with the test themselves.  

  • 1. There may be a shortage of testing labs.

According to state data, there are thousands of licensed cannabis cultivators, processors and product manufacturers in California and 52 licensed laboratories.  Only 14 of those laboratories confirmed they are currently offering Phase 3 compliance testing.

  • A big reason is cost:  Labs might not be prepared because they lack the capital needed to start the new testing.   Purchases of new instruments to test for heavy metals. The price for an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry unit to perform those types of tests is about $250,000,
  • Finding qualified people the run those tests.: The hiring and training of additional analysts to perform tests for heavy metals, which cannot be automated and must be done by skilled technicians,

-The cost of testing will increase.

  • The cost of testing for flower will increase more than 55%, from $565 to $890 per 50-pound batch.

Those costs add up, he noted, for cultivators who have multiple harvests a week.

The prices for compliance tests don’t include the money that businesses spend on R&D testing,

-Some testing problems: New tests for heavy metals could be the biggest challenge for cultivators and product manufacturers, according to industry officials.  Plated rather than metal THC oil cartridges are at risk for leaking heavy metals into oils. That could cause a higher fail rate for cartridge products.

-Failed final tests cannot be appealed. Product must be remediated – flower sold to be processed for extraction, for example – or destroyed.

Conversation with:  Seana-Marie and Ceci from "Mary Jane Services Network" about cannabis regulation in California.  Find them at

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