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Grow Room CO2 Enrichment

By: Raymond Davis  Michigan Beverage Company Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is in the air we breathe, typically around 300-400 ppm (0.03-0.04%). In a enclosed grow room cannabis plants can use all of this within just a few short hours. Without CO2, photosynthesis slows to a snail-like pace, photosynthesis is the process that plants use to synthesize foods from…

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Accelerating Cannabis Root Growth With Beneficial Microbes

Here’s how you can stimulate expansive root growth in your cannabis plants — which means bigger crops — by utilizing the power of beneficial microbes. As cannabis growers, it’s easy to get so focused on our crop’s vegetation and flower growth that we lose sight of what we can’t see: Our plants’ roots. But the…

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How Social Media Marketing Can Help Your Cannabis Business

At Paris Marketing, we think cannabis is pretty dope (insert picture of a pot leaf with a smiley face and sunglasses, here.), but more specifically, we think successfully marketed canna-businesses are. So, let’s talk about how you can market your cannabis business on social media. Sponsored Social Media Updates are a No-No: For other industries,…

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Is Organic Farming Sustainable?

By James E. Kostrava As more people express concerns about GMO foods, many are turning to organic fruits, vegetables, and medicinal plants.  The organic food market continues to rise in popularity among Americans of all backgrounds. As such, many farmers are transitioning to organic farming.  While many American farms are still controlled by corporations or…

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A Tipping Point for Cannabis in the United States?

  By Jim Marty, CPA/ABV MS Early last Wednesday morning, my phone lit up with calls from Oklahoma attorneys, accountants, and other interested parties who wanted to speak me about the results of Tuesday’s Oklahoma primary elections.  A very liberal medical marijuana bill had passed in the state primary election.  Not only was this the…

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Four Ways a Dry Trim Machine will Help You Out

By:  Mary Rosebrook The debate over machine trimming your weed versus hand trimming has been around since machine trimmers came on the market. Hand trimmers have long argued that machines will destroy the trichomes and terpenes. With some of the machines on the market, that’s true. However, if you carefully select your trim machine, you can…

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How Does Your Packaging Effect Cannabis Shelf Life?

Contributor: Green Rush Packaging So, you have opened a new dispensary, and you wish to provide the best quality cannabis available, or you like to stockpile and buy some variety. The problem that you face now is that you don’t necessarily know best practices regarding packaging. Keeping all your packaging branded correctly is one thing,…

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Preventing Powdery Mildew

Emily Lorcheim ClorDiSys Solutions, Inc. Cannabis crops are susceptible to a variety of potential issues in regards to molds and fungus.  Powdery mildew is spread by airborne transmission, making the need for a continuous disinfection of the air systems necessary in order to prevent potential contamination.  Mold and bacteria are microorganisms that attack and destroy…

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BREATHE EASY

By: Juan Peralta  Nuggie Fresh Company Most people are aware of the harmful emissions and fumes we are exposed to as soon as we step out the door to live our day-to-day life. Frankly, while we may want to pause and take a deep breath – the air we breathe leaves a lot to be desired.…

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Beneficial Microbial Compost Tea 

The soil-food-web refers to a series of conversions of energy as organisms live and consume one another within the underground soil environment. When organisms decompose complex materials, or consume other organisms, the nutrients are converted and are made available to plants and other soil organisms. In a single teaspoon of soil, there are billions of microscopic living organisms that act as the builders and recyclers of this living…

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SAFE ACCESS

By: B2B Wholesaler Magazine The medical cannabis advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA), recently released its annual report entitled “Medical Marijuana Access in the United States: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws.” Its conclusions are worth noting. The report examines the status of states that have passed medical marijuana laws, and…

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“The Total Cost of Lighting Ownership”

By: Phil Gibson, VP of Marketing at AEssenseGrows Lighting is a critical piece of cannabis industry, and LED lighting is revolutionizing bloom room lighting. Based on AEssenseGrows research, the US bloom light market opportunity (new installation + replacement) looks like this: • $41M in 2017 • $76M in 2018 • $112M in 2023 As expenditures…

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Total Cost of Ownership – 3 Strategies to Uncover Hidden Costs in Your Grow

By: Scott Hacker When making decisions on large capital expenditures the term ‘Total Cost of Ownership’ is almost certain to be a topic of discussion.  It is a great that Total Cost of Ownership, (TCO) is front and center in modern decision making.  It clearly indicates business owners are looking at long term success.  However,…

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Flip Your Grow

By: Brandy Keen Co Founder, Sr. Technical Advisor Surna Inc. According to urbandictionary.com, if you flip something you make a profit out if it. The same could be said in our industry for the term flip. There are a several good reasons to operate your grow on a “flip.” This basically means to never run…

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A letter from a drug war soldier: Part Two

When we think about the “victims’ of the war on drugs I’m sure what comes to mind for most people is drug cartels hastily smuggling hundreds of pounds of drugs, through a rusty hole on a battered fence line, with nothing but a shiv, a semi-automatic weapon, , and the look out. Or maybe a…

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Boston City Guide

Boston City Guide Walking Boston’s cobblestone-lined streets of historic colonial-era Beacon Hill with its 17th and 18th century Federal rowhouses is an inspiring trip through the history of the American Revolution. Brick buildings, narrow sidewalks, and gas-lit lamps provide a serene backdrop for reminiscing on the intentions of our Founding Fathers in this time of…

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A letter from a drug war soldier: Part One

By Meagan Holt This isn’t the letter you’re probably expecting to read, but lets be honest, I don’t think anyone expects to become a soldier in the war on drugs. No one plans or prepares to have to wake up everyday, lace up theoretical combat boots, and fight. It is doubtful, five and six year olds are playing…

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Detroit City Guide

  The Motor City of Detroit was birthed in the gritty automobile industry. The metropolis weathered a trajectory of boom and bust cycles, from the original Ford Motor Company regime, to the Great Depression, to the burst of the Internet bubble. The city is now poised to reclaim its status as a leading economic hub…

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Out of the Box: A Comparison of Child Resistant Cannabis Boxes

Close federal and media attention, alongside evolving state regulations, have made child-resistant packaging the focus of every forward-thinking cannabis producer.  Cannabis brands understand that their product is being held up to a higher level of scrutiny.  In order to legitimize and normalize their brand it is important that they be associated with legal and safe…

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Packaging Your Potential: Customization Options in Cannabis Packaging

A good packaging strategy is essential to any marijuana brand.  It can help distinguish your brand, and make or break your success. The cannabis industry faces a tricky balancing act in regards to marketing, as legalization and mass consumption loom in many states.  Large grow ops and industry insiders argue that branding is necessary to…

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What is all that talk about crop steering?

By: Armondo Suarez Educator, Grodan Like all living being, plants go through life cycle where their growth is determined by their age and how they have been growing to that point. Plants have hormonal systems that regulate their growth to respond to external conditions such as drought, wind and even wild animal nibbling on their…

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Research of Medical Properties of Cannabis

by: Helena Miles Content Manager, Greencamp Some terpenes are very effective in relieving stress, others are great when you need to relax, while there are some that boost focus. There are many options here, as you’ll have chance to see. For example, myrcene induces sleep, while limonene uplifts our mood. In recent years, terpenes found…

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Water Quality: it matters more than you may think

by: Mike Parisi Marketing Director, Hydrologic Systems Cannabis is a sturdy, resilient plant that, at the risk of sounding cliché, “grows like a weed.” There are many places in the world where wild cannabis thrives without any help from humans and cultivators have known for a long time that decent product can be grown from…

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Cannabis Plant Patent Application : What is Unique about this Strain?

by: Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLC   The time to start preparing to obtain plant patent protection is now; plant patent applications must be filed within one year after the first time the strain is offered for sale or sold in the market. It is important to document and collect relevant information throughout a…

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What are Terpenes and What is their Use?

by: Helena Miles Content Manager, Greencamp You might have noticed that not all strains smell the same. Pine, berry, mint…There’s more than a few distinctive fragrances in cannabis. Cannabis has a unique smell. Some people find it unpleasant and overwhelming, while most marijuana enthusiasts find it very calming and enjoyable. Just like any other plant,…

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How Terpenes Affect Cannabinoids

by: Helena Miles Content Manager, Greencamp What we usually consume from cannabis is the flower. And just like any other flower, cannabis flower has its own recognizable smell. There are about 120 known terpenes found in cannabis. They coexist in the herb with cannabinoids like THC and CBD (sometimes even working with them for our…

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GMP: What Licensed Cannabis Producers Need to Know

  “Original post from blog.mobiustrimmer.com” Have you been hearing about GMP, but you’re not sure what it is? Or perhaps you know what GMP is, but aren’t sure if it’s something you need to follow. No problem! Here’s a quick primer to get you started.   What is GMP? GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practices. In…

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15 terpenes in cannabis explained

by: Helena Miles Content Manager, Greencamp As mentioned in our earlier Terpene series, there are more than 100 terpenes in just one cannabis flower. Here are some of the most well known terpenes right now, most of which you’ll find in legal cannabis products in your area. Myrcene Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in…

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Traceability Trouble – I502 Seed to Sale Tracking

by: Michael “the Aging Ent” Schroeder owner, Green Owl Media In Washington’s legal cannabis system, every plant must be tracked from seed to sale. With thousands of businesses involved in the cannabis industry in Washington, this becomes a monumental systemic task. For the first 3 years of legalization in Washington, the services were provided by…

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5 Questions to Ask Before Making a Vape Cart Purchase

By: Corey Kleinsasser, Marketing Communications Specialist and Mary Bumatai, VP of Vape Business Development Common mistakes while starting your vape business simply start from the beginning, your first vape cartridge purchase. It is extremely important to choose the right cart that fits your oil, as it demonstrates reliability and consistency of your product. These are the…

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About the Numbers: Cannabis Quality Assurance Testing

by: Michael “the Aging Ent” Schroeder owner, Green Owl Media One of the most controversial components of the implementation of recreational, adult-use cannabis in Washington and other states is mandatory quality assurance testing. Inconsistencies in methodologies of implementation, value of required reported information, and even inherent conflicts in the marketplace have all added to the…

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Washington Cannabis: Then and Now

By: Miguel “Miggy420” Miggy Legalization is a semantic due to the fact people will do it anyways but its an important one because nobody wants to go to jail. Whether its medical or recreational, there needs to be a process that people are abiding by to be good neighbours. The difference between buying cannabis as…

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Cannabis & Social Media: Tips To Avoid Getting Your Pages Shut Down

By: Mariah Martinez Director of Marketing, Heavenly Brands Cannabis Marketing It’s an exciting new world we live in with cannabis prohibition slowly ending at the state level. However, the battle continues federally, creating obstacles to cannabusinesses who are trying to market themselves online. According to Marijuana Business Daily , Social Media is the most effective…

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Medical Cannabis Protection: the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

by: Michael “the Aging Ent” Schroeder owner, Green Owl Media First introduced in the US House of Representatives in 2001, the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment is legislation intended to prohibit the US Justice Department from spending any funds on actions designed to interfere with implementation of state level medical cannabis laws. It was not until May 2014…

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What is Hydronic Cooling and Why Should I Care?

by: Celia Daly Surna, Inc. Choosing the right climate control system for an indoor cultivation facility is a big decision as it is usually the single largest capital expenditure a cultivator will make besides real estate (and sometimes not even that). More importantly, the success of a cultivation operation depends greatly on cultivators’ ability to…

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6 Growers’ Tips for Light Dep

by: Tevan Riedel President, Americover, Inc. Light dep techniques are gaining in popularity, especially among new cannabis growers looking to maximize yield and get the most out of their allotted plants. With new cannabis markets opening up and marijuana law reform paving the way for personal home cultivation, there’s never been a better time to…

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Why Advanced Nutrients Is So Excited About The Future Of Organic Cannabis

Advanced Nutrients was founded in 1999 by BigMike Straumietis when he saw an opportunity to create plant foods designed specifically for cannabis. Today, nearly 20 years later, the company brings in more than $105 million a year in sales in 97 countries, and employs 25 Ph.D.’s who design and test cutting-edge cannabis-growing technologies under BigMike’s…

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The Good Old Days – Cannabis Prohibition in Washington

by: Michael “the Aging Ent” Schroeder owner, Green Owl Media Washington state lead the way in medical marijuana laws, with original legalization for medical use in 1998. In 2012, Washington became the first US state to legalize recreational use of cannabis for all adults 21 and over. The history of cannabis in Washington, however, is…

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Cole Memo Rescinded

by: Michael ‘the Aging Ent’ Schroeder owner, Green Owl Media On January 4, 2018, Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions rescinded the 2013 Cole Memo, which provided protections from federal prosecution for states in which cannabis is legalized. Under the Cole Memo, federal prosecutors were disallowed from using any resources to enforce federal…

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Cannabis as an International Commodity

Cannabis as an International Commodity by: Michael “the Aging Ent” Schroeder owner, Green Owl Media Cannabis legalization is a global movement.  Currently, 29 nations have some form of medical cannabis laws in place. An equal number of American States have legalized cannabis to some degree. What may be most interesting is that nearly 10 nations…

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What does the California child-resistant bag legislation mean for the cannabis industry?

What does the California child-resistant bag legislation mean for the cannabis industry? by Azia Weisz Marketing Director, Green Rush Packaging When it comes to the new California legislation regarding cannabis sales, much dust has arisen around the subject. Confusion and misunderstandings have started to rule the cannabis industry, seemingly without anyone to clarify the problematic…

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Inventory Management for Cannabis Business

Inventory Management for Cannabis Business by Michael “the Aging Ent” Schroeder owner, Green Owl Media Retail inventory management systems have existed for a long time. They facilitate the complex interchange of supply and demand for an increasingly consumptive society. For traditional markets, there exist several industry-standard companies with shared or similar processes and procedures, proven…

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The Amazing Endocannabinoid System

The Amazing Endocannabinoid System by Mary Zennett Global Health LLC The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered by Dr Raphael Mechoulam, considered to be the father of cannabis based medicines. What’s most amazing is that the ECS is now considered to be the largest network of receptors in the human body. The discovery of the Endocannabinoid…

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280E – the Complexity of Cannabis Taxation

280E – the Complexity of Cannabis Taxation By: Michael “the Aging Ent” Schroeder owner Green Owl Media Federal tax law as it regards the cannabis industry typically hinges on one relatively simple, extremely simplistic Internal Revenue Code (IRC) – 280E. This law effectively removes from cannabis businesses the standard tax deductions and credits that are…

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Terpenes: The Molecules Behind the Magic

By: ​Ben Cassiday co-founder and CTO of True Terpenes For cannabis enthusiasts, sharing and comparing favorite strains is nearly as central to enjoying the lifestyle as discovering a new path to an idyllic cognitive or physical high. Many know their favorite strain by its colorful name, a preferred grower and/or simple terms like indica or…

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Facts About Legal Weed We Did Not Know

by Lester Black | The Stranger Magazine It turns out smoking trees is more profitable than cutting them down. The first government report on employment in our state’s legal weed economy found that more than twice as many people work in the legal pot industry than work in the lumber industry. The report, conducted by…

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Reach Marijuana Deal

BOSTON (AP) — An agreement between House and Senate negotiators on changes to the state’s voter-approved marijuana law will allow for a tax of up to 20 percent on retail pot sales. Highlights of the deal were released Monday by the office of Sen. Patricia Jehlen, co-chair of a conference committee that spent several weeks…

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Reasons to Attend Boston Cannabis Expo

For those who are not sleeping under a rock, you know we have been running our Five Reasons to Attend Boston Cannabis Expo (aka CannaCon) contest all week. Throughout the week we have been giving John Q public a chance to win some great prizes/giveaways – just for purchasing a general admission ticket. We jumpstarted…

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MAP: Find out what towns will or won’t allow recreational marijuana, so far

This article originally appeared on Wicked Local Town-by-town, city-by-city residents of Massachusetts are deciding if they want to be able to drive to the corner store to buy marijuana. State officials delayed the implementation of the law legalizing the recreational marijuana industry until July 2018, but residents in many towns and cities are voting this spring…

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Why Attend CannaCon Boston?

If there are any lingering doubts about the emergence of cannabis into the mainstream, it’s time to put them to rest, forever. CannaCon—the nation’s preeminent cannabis industry convention—is gearing up for its biggest, brightest and best event to date, settling in Boston’s historic Back Bay district for three days beginning July 13, 2017. No doubt,…

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Cashing In On Cannabis: CannaCon’s Banking Panel

This article originally appeared on MJ Headline News Since Washington state legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, recreational cannabis sales have totaled over $1 billion, translating to more than $250 million collected in new taxes. Such substantial sales, however, have also brought problems for licensees in the form of cash. Because of marijuana’s federal status as a Schedule I…

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CannaCon: An Event Worth It’s Weight In Weed

This article originally appeared on Weed News The most common question asked about a cannabis industry event is “Is it worth it?”, and I have to reply with a resounding “Yes!” for so many reasons, and some aren’t what you would think. Cannabis is society’s great equalizer; the seed doesn’t care if you’re a man,…

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The Making of a Cannabis Industry Event Without the Cannabis

This article originally appeared on Leafly The way Bob Smart dreamed up a cannabis convention is anything but conventional. “I was watching a TV show called Toy Hunter, and the main guy took some of the toys he had found to a Comic-Con, and for some reason, the word CannaCon floated into my head,” says…

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