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In the Golden State, weed is a big deal. As the state embraces legal weed, there are going to be some big changes – a new set of rules for those who wish to make the leap from under-the-table to aboveboard. One definite change will be buyers – i.e. whom can buy and sell weed.
Nowadays, the way it’s supposed to work is farmers provide medicine to collectives where it is dispensed to members for a fee. The farmer is reimbursed for expenses incurred from growing the cannabis including labor, maintenance, and land costs. For years the process has been unspoken, a secret, or you know (wink)?
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The Humboldt County Sheriff Department working with CAMP (the federal Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) have set the tone for cannabis farms trying to become compliant. Despite strong efforts by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff Department will not recognize good faith effort toward compliance.
As originally reported by Kym Kemp, a medical cannabis farm growing high CBD, non-psycho active varieties used to treat epilepsy and cancer patients, has been raided by the Humboldt County Sheriff Department working with CAMP. No one was arrested but all medical plants have been eradicated, chopped down, and hauled away – leaving many potential patients without medicine.
Did you know tomorrow is a cannabis holiday? Yes July 10th? It’s the national hash holiday… Why would July 10th be a cannabis holiday? Well because 7/10 upside down spells oil – its kind of like pager code if anyone can remember that besides myself.
Yes, dabs have been the rage since the early 2010’s. Dabs are essentially concentrated hash. To create “dab-able” concentrates producer’s pull out just the resin and THC from the plant. Dab-able concentrates include oil, honeycomb, crumble, shatter, and budder. But by far the most popular is oil hence 7/10 – oil upside down – and our newest cannabis holiday.
For more information check out this article and info-graph by Weed Maps from the Weed Blog.
So how can you celebrate this holiday you ask? Trim Scene Solutions and the Casual Crop Exchange have you covered!
These are exciting times we are living through. Ten years ago if you would have told me we would be on the cusp of legalization, growers would be going mainstream and major politicians would be making marijuana part of their rhetoric, I don’t know if I would have believed you. We have come along way, but we are not there yet. For a lot of entrepreneurs it’s still hard to know when to put yourself out there. After all you don’t want to miss the boat, but people do still get busted all the time.
The other day I was interviewing one such entrepreneur for a story for a local paper. This person gave me all the details of their business in a very candid interview. It sounded like a great idea. They had put a lot of work into it and already had employees, forms, a business name and customers. About 2 hours after the interview they called me insisting that I don’t publish it. What happened I asked? After all they knew what it was for, knew it was on the record and we had planned it a few weeks in advance.
Many people who work in the emerald triangle’s underground economy think of it as just a job. However, for the majority of people outside the cannabis industry there is a lot of mystery. It makes sense, a black market is by definition veiled, secretive, and hidden in the shadows. We all know there is a lot of money to be made growing cannabis, but for outsiders that’s usually the limit of their economic understanding. There is a lot of resentment, because people feel that the rule breakers and outlaws are getting rich easily while the rest of us work hard for much less.
So how much are people making? Who’s getting rich? and how rich? To answer these questions I have spoken with dozens of people working in the industry. It’s time to bring some transparency to the black market economy that so many benefit from, yet so few understand. Given the nature of the business, hard data will probably never be available, so consider this more of a sketch than an exact measurement.