Moisture Matters: Why Humidity Can Make or Break a Cannabis Cultivator’s Bottom Line {$excerpt:n} Vintners have known for centuries that every step in the winemaking process—from cultivation and harvest techniques to fermentation, aging and bottling—has immense impact on the quality and value of the final product. And that same level of scrutiny is now being…

North Carolina Gets First Accredited Cannabis Lab {$excerpt:n} In a press release published on Monday, the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), announced the renewal of accreditation for Global Laboratory Services, Inc. for ISO 17025:2017 in cannabis testing. The laboratory, based in Wilson, North Carolina, becomes first cannabis testing laboratory accredited in that state by…

Multi-Element Analysis Using ICP-MS: A Look at Heavy Metals Testing {$excerpt:n} Across the country and across the world, governments that legalize cannabis implement increasingly rigorous requirements for laboratory testing. Helping to protect patients and consumers from contaminants, these requirements involve a slew of lab tests, including quantifying the levels of microbial contaminants, pathogens, mold and…

Designing More Sustainable Cannabis Facilities {$excerpt:n} The topic of sustainability has grown in importance and priority for both consumers and regulators. From reducing emissions to lowering energy and water consumption, cannabis growing facilities face unique challenges when it comes to designing sustainable operations. Moreover, as the cannabis market grows and usage becomes more accepted, regulatory…

The Economics of Ex-Im In Europe {$excerpt:n} You have read the press releases. You may have heard about such ideas at a recent cannabis conference in and around the EU of late. Or you may have encountered new distributors coming into the game with a German presence and a decidedly interesting ex-im plan that sounds…

USDA Announces Hemp Regulations {$excerpt:n} This morning, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. The program, as stipulated by Congress in the 2018 Farm Bill, will establish a regulatory framework for hemp production in the country. Secretary Perdue made the announcement in a YouTube video titled…

From MedTech to Cannabis: A Q&A with Jennifer Raeder-Devens {$excerpt:n} Project Yosemite, a cannabis product innovation and brand development company, announced earlier this month the appointment of Jennifer Raeder-Devens as their new Chief Scientific Officer. Raeder-Devens is a veteran of the MedTech industry, working for companies like Becton Dickinson, Cardinal Health, Medtronic and 3M. Prior…

Rapid Pathogen Detection for the 21st Century: A Look at PathogenDx {$excerpt:n} In 1887, Julius Petri invented a couple of glass dishes, designed to grow bacteria in a reproducible, consistent environment. The Petri dish, as it came to be known, birthed the scientific practice of agar cultures, allowing scientists to study bacteria and viruses. The…

A Year In Review: Canadian Recreational Reform Year 1 {$excerpt:n} There is certainly, in retrospect, much to be proud about in Canada – home of one of the most disruptive international cannabis industries in the world. And certainly an early mover. That starts with having the national mojo to begin this journey in the first…

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