Written by Thursday, 08 December 2016

The Emerald Cup and SC Labs, along with many other members of the Cannabis Community, have decided to put together a last-minute fundraiser to support the water protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Please watch for donation stations at booths all around The Emerald Cup this weekend and help us show the world that the Cannabis Community Stands with Standing Rock! 

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Written by Monday, 21 November 2016

Written by Tuesday, 11 October 2016

We have recently made a significant upgrade to the instrumentation we use in our pesticide testing. Knowing what we know about the forth-coming regulatory climate in the California cannabis market, we decided to make a large investment in two brand new SCIEX 3500 triple quadropole mass spectrometers. The greater sensitivity and expanded list of compounds afforded by this new instrumentation will aid us in preparing and empowering our clients to meet and exceed the regulations placed on their businesses by the state of California by this time next year.

 
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There are three aspects to this upgrade.  
 
The first is that the sensitivity of our analysis is going to be increased significantly. We're…

Written by Monday, 15 August 2016

On Thursday, the United States government confirmed that Cannabis will continue to be classified as a Schedule I drug, grouping the plant in the same family as such scary substances as Heroin, Cocaine, and Meth.

DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg released a statement on Thursday explaining that a substance is classified as Schedule I when it “has no currently accepted medical use,” that’s recognized by the federal government. 

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Though this announcement came as no surprise to many advocates of medical marijuana and those fighting for re-classification of the substance, the decision seemed to invoke a collective sigh of exasperation from the cannabis community. 

A silver lining may be found in the subsequent parts of the DEA’s announcement, in which the organization suggests it will take action to remove legal hurdles currently in place that are preventing groups from cultivating cannabis to be used for scientific research.

Read NPR's coverage of the announcement here.

Written by Tuesday, 26 July 2016
On Monday the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program (MCCP) launched an online survey. The MCCP is preparing to issue state cannabis cultivation licenses beginning in January 2018. CDFA is seeking to get a sense of how many applicants the State can expect to apply for licensure or use the Track and Trace system. “Participating in this survey is probably one of the most important things growers can do to ensure that licenses will be available for as many farms as possible. The regulatory agency needs to have a solid understanding of how many growers there are and where people are growing,” explained Hezekiah Allen, the Executive Director of the California Growers Association. “For growers in ban counties, participating in this survey may be one of the most important ways to raise awareness of the challenges being caused by regressive policies at the local level.” The survey was built with sensitivity to the growing community in mind. The Department explains that they will not be capturing any information that would indicate who is submitting information through this survey. “This survey is completely anonymous. It is short and sweet. There is no cost. There is no good…

Written by Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Recently, Baltimore Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe took to Twitter to call out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for refusing to modify the NFL's stance on Marijuana. Read the New York Times story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/16/sports/football/raven-calls-on-nfl-to-allow-marijuana-use-for-sports-pains.html?_r=1 Shortly after the story broke, Monroe donated $80,000 to researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania for studies to examine the impact of cannabinoid therapies on current and retired NFL players. Back in February, Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote a letter to CDC Chief Tom Friedan urging the agency to look into the impact of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana on opioid overdose deaths. Is the mainstream fianally starting to acknowledge Cannabis as a safe alternative to dangerous prescription medications?

Written by Wednesday, 11 May 2016
As president of Envirocann, a budding cannabis certification agency, April Crittenden brings a wealth of knowledge regarding environmental stewardship and the USDA National Organic Program. April was the Senior Quality and Compliance Supervisor at California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) where she worked for almost a decade. In that role she crafted client communication systems, helped develop and implement the pesticide residue testing program, as well as oversaw all complaints and investigations. Prior to her years devoted to organic certification, April studied at UC Santa Cruz where she received a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. She also has certificates in Permaculture, NOP & ACA trainings, and has obtained the following IOIA Inspection Certifications: Crop, Basic Post Harvest Handling/Processor, and Pesticide Residue Sampling. When April isn’t working to expand access to organically grown cannabis, she loves to snowboard, go hiking, play with her dogs and spend time gardening. Envirocann is a third party certification organization, focused on the quality assurance and quality control of cannabis production and products. Through on-site inspections and lab testing, Envirocann Certification verifies that Best Management Practices (BMP's) are used to grow and process cannabis and ensures environmental compliance to local and state regulations. Our mission is…