Thursday, May 24, 2018

Intellectual Property in the Cannabis Industry: The Video

In case you missed it or would like to play it again, please find below the recording from last week’s webinar on Intellectual Property in the Cannabis Industry.

We will run another blog post next week, answering audience questions that we were not able to get to in real time on the webinar.

In the meantime, enjoy!


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Top 6 Best-Tasting Cannabis Strains 2018

Move over vapers, we’ve got some weed strains that will compete with your brag-worthy flavor selections! Marijuana consumers know that the plant is not just good for your health, but also for your tastebuds. In this article we’ll look at some of the best-tasting strains to suit those hard to satisfy cravings. Modern advancements have […]

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

As Cannabis Businesses Grow, So Do Applicable Employment Laws: Part 2

What Medical Cannabis Clinic to Go to for Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, you want the best help available to reduce your discomfort. Medical marijuana is an alternative treatment option for chronic pain. 


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Oregon Marijuana, the Feds and the Williams Memo

7 cannabis strains with uplifting effect

The energizing effect of some cannabis strains is, without a doubt, a true favourite among many users. This uplifting feeling – often called “high” – is often associated to Sativa genetics with high THC content, although other plants with different cannabinoid ratios can provide a very pleasant, social and creative effect.

For this reason, and within the myriad of feminised seeds available on the market, we have selected 7 marijuana strains that will increase your creativity and social side, improve your mood and motivate you to perform daily activities. We hope you’ll enjoy their vibrant energy!

Sativa plants are known for their uplifting effect

Sativa plants are known for their uplifting effect

Easy Haze by Philosopher Seeds

Easy Haze is one of the strains included in Philosopher Seeds Classic Line. Coming from a Special K backcross, her euphoric and almost psychedelic effect is ideal to listen to music or enjoy outdoor activities. She is used by many users to improve mood and induce a very pleasant feeling of full happiness.

She grows vigorous but with compact structure, traits inherited from the Yumbolt parent. On the other hand, the Kalimist parent provides its unique incensed and woody scent and intense Sativa effect. Yields are awesome, while THC content can reach 21%.

Easy Haze (aka K-13 Haze) by Philosopher Seeds

Easy Haze (aka K-13 Haze) by Philosopher Seeds

The scent of Easy Haze is intense, a blend of citrus, metal and pineapple notes that becomes more intense as the curing process advances. She is highly resistant to diseases and nutrient imbalances, also to excess RH. It is then ideal for novice growers who want to enjoy the wonders of old school Haze genetics, also for all types of outdoor farmers.

  • Genetics: Special K S1
  • Type: Feminized seeds
  • 30% Indica – 70% Sativa hybrid
  • Indoor Flowering: 9 weeks
  • Indoor yield: 450-600 gr/m2
  • Outdoor harvest: Mid September / October
  • Outdoor yield: 400-600 gr per plant
  • THC level: 18-21%

Acid Dough by Ripper Seeds

The amazing work done by the guys at Ripper Seeds for the last years translates into strains like Acid Dough, a hybrid developed from Lilly (Queen Mother x Congo) and OG Badazz. The high yields and vibrant, stimulant effect have become true favourites for many users out there!

Acid Dough by Ripper Seeds

Acid Dough by Ripper Seeds, a mostly Sativa hybrid with amazing yield

With 80% Sativa genetics, Acid Dough’s effect is intense and highly uplifting. Due to her vigorous growth she can be put to bloom quite soon, and during the 65-70 days of flowering she develops a thick layer of resin glands that covers every single bud and leaf. Her unique flavour mainly comes from the Lilly parent, with acid and tropical fruits notes.

  • Genetics: Lilly x OG Badazz
  • Type: Feminized seeds
  • 80% Sativa – 20% Indica hybrid
  • Indoor flowering: 65-70 days
  • Outdoor harvest: Mid October
  • Yield: High

Casey Jones – Devil’s Harvest

Straight from Amsterdam, the guys at Devil’s Harvest can be proud of their Casey Jones strain. With 60% Sativa – 40% Indica genes, her effect may not be as energizing as the previous strains we’ve seen, although it is clean, motivating and highly recommended for your creative moments.

Casey Jones by Devil's Harvest

Casey Jones by Devil’s Harvest

Casey Jones comes from a cross between Trainwreck, Sour Diesel and Thai. Being sturdy and robust, she stands out for her high yields and early flowering (8 weeks). Her scent is complex, with floral, fruity and diesel notes on an earthy background.

  • Genetics: Train Wreck x Sour Diesel x Thai
  • Type: feminized
  • 60% Sativa – 40% Indica
  • Flowering: 8 weeks
  • Yield: high

Juanita la Lagrimosa by Reggae Seeds

Juanita la Lagrimosa is a legendary strain, a hybrid between Queen Mother and NYCD developed by Reggae Seeds more than a decade ago. Known for being directly related to the origins of CBD strains, and awarded in the most prestigious events, she is known for her unique effect, mainly caused by her balanced THC:CBD ratio (1:1).

Juanita la Lagrimosa by Reggae Seeds, balanced THC:CBD ratio

Juanita la Lagrimosa by Reggae Seeds, balanced THC:CBD ratio

She grows vigorous, with Sativa pattern, although she only needs 8-9 weeks to complete the bloom cycle. The effect is cerebral, clean and uplifting, ideal to improve mood and socialize, while her flavour is fruity and hashy, simply unforgettable.

  • Genetics: Mexican/ Afghan x Queen Mother
  • Type: Feminized seeds
  • 75% Sativa / 25% Indica hybrid
  • Indoor flowering: 60-65 days
  • Outdoor harvest: early October
  • Indoor yield: 400/600 g/m2
  • Outdoor yield: 700/1000 g/plant

Superchoco by Paisa Grow Seeds

Paisa Grow Seeds is a young seed company ran by one of the most exeperienced growers and strain keepers that we’ve ever met. Indeed, his Superchoco – a Sativa developed from Chocolope and a Colombian landrace – can reach 25% THC content, and provides a very intense cerebral effect that will delight all lovers of pure Sativas.

Superchoco by Paisa Grow Seeds

Superchoco by Paisa Grow Seeds

Superchoco is characterized by the uniformity of the plants, being a very stable and versatile variety. Despite her Sativa traits, she only needs 65-70 days of bloom to be ready to harvest, developing compact and heavy buds with sweet and fruity scent, simply delicious.

  • Genetics: Chocolope x Colombian
  • Type: Feminized seeds
  • 80% Sativa – 20% Indica hybrid
  • Indoor flowering: 65-70 days
  • THC: 25%

Wild Thailand by World of Seeds

Wild Thailand is a pure landrace from the Ko Chang archipelago developed by World Of Seeds. This legendary genetics has been stabilized over the decades by local farmers by crossing the best Ko Chang plants, resulting in a variety with own personality.

Wild Thailand by World of Seeds

Wild Thailand by World of Seeds, a landrace from Ko Chang

Her high THC content is one of the most outstanding traits of this strain, as well as its huge size and yield. As other Thai genetics, her scent is intense and citric, with subtle fruity notes. The effect is also intense and euphoric, ideal to party all day long as if you were in a full moon party in Thailand!

  • Genetics: Ko Chang (Thailand)
  • 100% Sativa
  • Indoor flowering: 75-90 days
  • Outdoor harvest (Northern hemisphere): late November
  • Outdoor harvest (Southern hemisphere): late May
  • Indoor yield: 300-400 gr/m²
  • Outdoor yield: 450-500 gr/plant
  • THC: 22.3%

Sour Diesel by Royal Queen Seeds

Royal Queen Seeds version of Sour Diesel is known among many growers for her excellent yield/quailty ratio. This hybrid has a very intense effect for both body and mind, highly motivating and ideal to improve your mood.

Sour Diesel by Royal Queen Seeds

Sour Diesel by Royal Queen Seeds, an American classic in feminized form

Her growth pattern is typical of Sativa strains, easily reaching 2 metres in height when grown outdoors. The bright buds develop tons of resin glands with unique acid, floral and diesel notes, simply unforgettable!

  • Genetics: Original Diesel x (Northern Lights x Shiva x Hawaiian)
  • Sativa 70% – Indica 30%
  • Indoor Production: up to 525g/m2
  • Outdoor Production: up to 600g/plant
  • Indoor Flowering: 10-11 weeks
  • Outdoor harvest: Late October
  • THC: 19%

Remember that you can find all these strains in different forms in Alchimia Grow Shop.

Happy growing!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Breaking News: California Cannabis Emergency Regulations (Part Deux)

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Whenever government enacts new regulations there will always be some people and businesses that will be unhappy with the new changes. So, it came as no surprise when California embarked on its mission to create a state licensing regime for cannabis businesses (as well as personal use) that issues would arise. What made enacting cannabis regulations in California so difficult is that ever since Californians voted for the Compassionate Use Act in 1996 (a/k/a Prop 215), cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, and dispensaries were operating without regulations in what everyone conveniently called the legal “grey” area (a Michael Cohen area of practice).

That all changed when the state legislature passed the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) in 2015 and a majority of the good people of California voted in favor of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act in 2016 (AUMA). In June of 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 94 (a/k/a the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act a/k/a MAUCRSA).MAUCRSA merged medical and adult-use cannabis activities under one regulatory regime and empowered three state agencies to license and regulate the commercial cannabis industry: The California Department of Food and Agriculture (cultivators, processors, and nurseries); the Department of Public Health (manufacturers); and the Bureau of Cannabis Control (distributors, retailers, delivery-only retailers, microbusinesses, and testing labs). Each state agency released their emergency regulations in November of 2017, which we covered for cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

The emergency regulations were quite the departure from the previously unregulated “grey” market of the previous twenty years. They were however not without some hiccups: Such as the removal of the cultivation acreage cap or the steadfast intransigence of local jurisdictions in licensing commercial cannabis activities.

After the release of the emergency regulations, representatives from the three state cannabis licensing agencies travelled up and down the state to solicit public input on the regulations. The reason the state continued to solicit feedback from the public was due to the fact that the emergency regulations were actually just temporary regulations. All three state agencies were required to release permanent regulations later this year – when exactly the permanent regulations were going to be released was anyone’s guess. While current cannabis businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs have been busy figuring out how to navigate the licensing landscape, the state just went ahead and made changes to the emergency regulations. Just this Friday all three state agencies released new emergency regulations (nothing like a regulation drop on a Friday!). We’ll cover the changes in greater detail in future posts (stay tuned) but here are a couple of highlights:

  • Applicants can submit one application (and pay one fee) to obtain both an adult-use and medical cannabis license. Previously you had to submit two applications and pay two separate licensing fees if you wanted to operate in the medicinal and adult-use market. This applies to all three licensing agencies.
  • A licensee can now engage in commercial cannabis activities with any licensee, regardless of medical or adult-use designation. This is a permanent extension of the transition period in the emergency regulations that allowed medical cannabis licensees to contract with adult-use licensees and vice versa (the transition period was set to expire on July 01, 2018). This also applies to all three agencies.
  • The Bureau of Cannabis Control’s definition of financial interest holder was amended to specifically state that anyone that has an agreement to receive a portion of the profits of a commercial cannabis business will be considered a financial interest holder (there’s an exception for diversified mutual funds, blind trusts, and similar financial instruments).
  • The BCC regulations also specify that licensees authorized for retail sales may not sell or deliver cannabis goods through a drive-through window.
  • A retailer’s delivery employee can now carry cannabis goods valued up to $10,000 while making deliveries (the cap was previously set at $3,000).
  • The Bureau of Cannabis Control reduced the annual license fees for its licensees.
  • The Department of Food and Agriculture revised how it will measure canopy for indoor, mixed-light, and outdoor license types.
  • The Department of Public Health (DPH) formally incorporated the regulations for shared-use facilities, which we covered here.
  • The DPH removed specifically removed tinctures from the definition of a product containing alcohol. However, tinctures shall not be sold in a package larger than two fluid ounces and shall include a calibrated dropper or other measuring device.

The public will now have all of five days to comment on the re-adoption of the emergency regulations. The five day window for public comment will begin once the California Office of Administrative posts the emergency regulations on its website – which it can do earlier than May 25, 2018. When these updated emergency regulations are formally adopted the licensing agencies will have 180 days to develop their final regulations. Be sure to check in as we update you with even more details on these emergency regulations and how they may impact your cannabis business.


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