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With legalization on the ballot this fall, Humboldt County’s growers and business people are thinking about how to meet the possible challenges.  This week’s North Coast Journal contains an article I wrote about one way to deal with the coming financial challenges.

The AP report has pitted smokers against their erstwhile friends–the growers. While there is  definitely some opposition to legalization from SOME cannabis producers (including those in the dispensaries), there is also a great deal of support.  However, growers and businesses here in Humboldt have a lot to be concerned about.  They need to reach out to consumers and urge that supporting their cause will ultimately be good for the smoker as well as the producer.  Hand manicured, home grown, organic pot will be tastier, healthier and a better experience for the person who buys it if a corporation hasn’t created a bland mass produced product. Just as homegrown, heirloom tomatoes are better than the watery red cardboard that can be purchased at Safeway so too will Humboldt Homegrown and Emerald Kush be better than a souless, flavorless corporate bud.

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  • just wanted to let you know that i love your posts ! thx, from santa cruz. ca.

  • just wanted to let you know that i love your posts ! thx, from santa cruz. ca.

  • but will it become another industry where the small grower can’t compete with mass production?

  • but will it become another industry where the small grower can’t compete with mass production?

  • Great NCJ article Kym.

  • Great NCJ article Kym.

  • Hi Kym,

    You do such good positive work I thought I’d throw a little extra help into the ring. The link below is to an article on the basics of a business plan to create a 1000 grower marijuana coop that is designed to compete in the legalized marijuana scenario. It is just a rough guide for the basic structures that might be necessary and can be hopefully be used to build viable business plans off of.

    Hope it helps calm the fears and get us prepared for the inevitable.

    http://www.humboldtliving.com/articles.php?article_id=87

    talk care.
    nicholas

    • Nicholas, that was a fun read though I don’t think all the math works out correctly but it is a great basis for a conversation and I recommend that everybody concerned with marijuana and Humboldt (or the greater Emerald Triangle) check it out.

    • At least a 20% THC content verified by the HG testing labs on a per pound basis.

      % THC is a false measurement. It is only useful in USDOJ propaganda.

      Say SWIM grows mountain sativa at very high altitude in freezing ass cold. Yield is low and resin is low. %THC can reach 30%.

      Say another SWIM grows indica in the hot valley. Yield is high, resin is high, %THC is around 5%.

      Which bud is stronger: barely any trichomes mountain peak fluff bud or some bush indica? Both are good…

      I hope you see now why %THC is a useless figure unless all other variables are equal. Seed companies only use this as a marketing technique, there is nothing qualitative about it.

      100% organic growing techniques and fertilizers certified by HG inspectors on a weekly basis and by thorough final product testing.

      Nobody trusts no-name organic inspection. If they did, there would be thousands of organic inspection seals.

      A mite-free certification for each pound produced.

      And organic? How many mites/lbs counts as mite “free?”

      A air-tight and moisture-proof glass jar with tamper-proof packaging.

      No kryovac? How do you keep the 13% moisture and 20% THC in a glass jar?

      A printed listing of both the certified strain, strain history…

      Year like Mendo Purps being that light falling on the last male (most strain history is fiction).

      Nice idea, but it could use less rules.

  • Hi Kym,

    You do such good positive work I thought I’d throw a little extra help into the ring. The link below is to an article on the basics of a business plan to create a 1000 grower marijuana coop that is designed to compete in the legalized marijuana scenario. It is just a rough guide for the basic structures that might be necessary and can be hopefully be used to build viable business plans off of.

    Hope it helps calm the fears and get us prepared for the inevitable.

    http://www.humboldtliving.com/articles.php?article_id=87

    talk care.
    nicholas

    • Nicholas, that was a fun read though I don’t think all the math works out correctly but it is a great basis for a conversation and I recommend that everybody concerned with marijuana and Humboldt (or the greater Emerald Triangle) check it out.

    • At least a 20% THC content verified by the HG testing labs on a per pound basis.

      % THC is a false measurement. It is only useful in USDOJ propaganda.

      Say SWIM grows mountain sativa at very high altitude in freezing ass cold. Yield is low and resin is low. %THC can reach 30%.

      Say another SWIM grows indica in the hot valley. Yield is high, resin is high, %THC is around 5%.

      Which bud is stronger: barely any trichomes mountain peak fluff bud or some bush indica? Both are good…

      I hope you see now why %THC is a useless figure unless all other variables are equal. Seed companies only use this as a marketing technique, there is nothing qualitative about it.

      100% organic growing techniques and fertilizers certified by HG inspectors on a weekly basis and by thorough final product testing.

      Nobody trusts no-name organic inspection. If they did, there would be thousands of organic inspection seals.

      A mite-free certification for each pound produced.

      And organic? How many mites/lbs counts as mite “free?”

      A air-tight and moisture-proof glass jar with tamper-proof packaging.

      No kryovac? How do you keep the 13% moisture and 20% THC in a glass jar?

      A printed listing of both the certified strain, strain history…

      Year like Mendo Purps being that light falling on the last male (most strain history is fiction).

      Nice idea, but it could use less rules.

  • Mr. Nice,

    A highly respected breeder/grower once told me. “Say they want OG Kush and you have White Widow–tell them its Kush. Most people have no idea!” His pot is universally revered as both prolific and a great smoke but hearing about his “rigorous breeding and advertising standards” left me somewhat dismayed.

  • Mr. Nice,

    A highly respected breeder/grower once told me. “Say they want OG Kush and you have White Widow–tell them its Kush. Most people have no idea!” His pot is universally revered as both prolific and a great smoke but hearing about his “rigorous breeding and advertising standards” left me somewhat dismayed.

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