Canna Business Beware: Surge In Remote Work and Online Ordering Puts Cyber Risk in the Spotlight

With uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for everyone to do their part by practicing “social-distancing,” or in many states “sheltering in place” we realize that these are not normal times for Americans. Small businesses have had to scramble and enact contingency plans to keep their employees and workers safe, […]

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Transactional Risk Insurance

Now that the cannabis industry in maturing the market is seeing more and more mergers and acquisitions.  There are numerous reasons for this trend ranging from a need for consolidation as companies become MSOs (multi-state operators), vertical integration in order to control processes and efficiencies and simply consolidating for the reason of leveraging power over retailers […]

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Large Scale Cultivation Planning: Important Factors to Consider

Before you begin any large-scale cultivation, there are four important factors to consider. Failure to do so will cost you, in both time and money, and could lead to failure. While the factors below may be the most important, there are many things you must deal with before you begin. You should hire a cultivation […]

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The Recent History of Shipping Hemp

Hemp is federally legal. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, any grey area surrounding hemp’s legality has disappeared. Yet, many hemp companies face logistical hurdles preventing them from operating like normal businesses. Shipping unprocessed hemp remains as one of the chief challenges for hemp companies. As the number of places growing hemp increases and the supply-chains […]

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In the Field: Is Your Soil Ready?

Indoor growers and those that have total control greenhouses have a never-ending cycle where they are constantly doing everything from transplanting to harvesting.  In the field, we do things a little differently. In the field, we have to do them right, because we may only get one shot. The costs associated with large outdoor plantings, the […]

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How to Choose a Compliant Hemp Testing Laboratory

One of the most dangerous and widespread issues in hemp testing is how inaccurate or varied the results can be. You don’t have to dig deep to find an onslaught of evidence that shows precision is the exception to the rule. Jama’s study, for example, showed that only 17% of lab results accurately profiled cannabinoid concentration in edibles. That means a sizable portion of samples contained more THC than the results indicated. And as a result of mistakes like these, hemp companies will accidentally mislabel their products. This can have serious consequences for customers who mistakenly ingest these mislabeled products and experience unwanted psychoactive effects. Situations like these are not uncommon, which is why hemp companies must carefully choose a third-party laboratory. The laboratory should not only meet certification requirements, but also exceed them while showing expertise in testing each of the major hemp product types. But it’s not always easy to discern between the leaders and the newcomers. Laboratories may have fancy websites and marketing that can mask serious inefficiencies behind the scenes. That’s why I want to cover exactly what qualifications and parameters hemp companies must consider before choosing a lab they can trust. Qualifications If you’ve ever reviewed resumes, you probably checked to see that the candidates have the minimum required education or certifications. But when you notice that […]

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Hemp in 2020: What’s a Farmer to Do?

Looking ahead to the 2020 season, industrial hemp poses a real problem for farmers. Many farmers are anxious to include hemp in their crop rotation. Faced with falling commodity prices and uncertainties due to trade and tariff issues hemp seems like a lifeline. But the reality is that the hemp grown this summer for CBD […]

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USDA Clears Hemp Seeds for Import Into US

Not All Hemp Seeds Are Equal

The primary reason hemp farmers have crops with more than 0.3% THC is that the hemp seeds are flawed. Farmers fail because of bad genetics not because of bad farming practices. The seed vendors are at fault not the farmers. The first and most important rule is “Know Your Seed Vendor”. Farmers are at a […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis

State of the Massachusetts Cannabis Industry: March 2020

The state of the Massachusetts cannabis industry is young. It’s been a little over a year since Massachusetts started recreational sales in November 2018. has been here before. Coming from Seattle Washington, where sales started back in June 2014, we have firsthand experience with new states entering the market. While many challenges remain the […]

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