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Ask a Budtender: What Makes for Good Cannabis Packaging?

In any retail industry, the way an item looks on the shelf has everything to do with its sales. With cannabis, the product should not only appeal to consumers aesthetically, it also needs to maintain freshness, flavor, and potency. In legal adult-use states such as here in Washington, it’s taken a good deal of time as well as trial and error to iron out the kinks of perfect cannabis packaging.

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Fortunately, as the industry matures, it has become much easier to find quality cannabis products packaged effectively, cleanly, and sustainably by reliable companies. In fact, you might even find yourself overwhelmed by the vast selection. These industry insider tips, assembled based on the options I’ve seen as a budtender, should help curious consumers and packaging processors alike.

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1. Glass is a Safer, More Effective Cannabis Packaging Material

If you’re on the hunt for cannabis flower, one of the most important things is to look for glass containers instead of plastic bags, especially if you’re purchasing more than a day or two’s worth of product. Glass is a completely nonporous material, giving your cannabis a longer shelf life, and it runs no risk of leaching any of the chemicals used in manufacturing plastic into your flower (and, by extension, your body).

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2. Glass Cannabis Packaging Gives You a Better Look at Your Strain

Glass packaging usually means a more visible product – a very critical component of the purchasing decision, especially in states where containers must stay fully sealed until after the purchase. Without a clear view of the product (which is available in some plastic packaging as well), the customer is left with essentially no sense to rely on but a gut feeling when it comes to choosing the right strain. This is especially important for consumers in states like Washington, where one cannot smell or closely examine a bud from a large sample jar. Let’s not rob us of our sight as well!

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3. For the Environmentally Conscious, Go with Glass or Biodegradable Packaging

Not only is glass your best bet for ensuring freshness and flavor, it’s an important environmental choice as well; approximately 82% of glass is recycled annually compared to only approximately 33% of plastic packaging. Additionally, glass is endlessly and 100% recyclable, whereas PET (polyethylene terephthalate, the most commonly used plastic polymer in packaging) is only partially recyclable and can only be recycled a certain number of times. By purchasing cannabis packaged in glass containers, you can help yourself and the planet at the same time.

Speaking from a sustainability standpoint, it’s important to mention fully biodegradable packaging as well. Take Soulshine Cannabis, a processor based out of Renton, Washington, for example. Not only is all of their packaging 100% compostable and biodegradable, they also donate a percentage of their profits to Emerald City Pet Rescue, a local animal shelter in Seattle. Talk about cannabis for a higher purpose!

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4. For Cannabis Concentrates, Medical-Grade Silicone-Lined Packaging is Ideal

When it comes to concentrates, good packaging still means product visibility and preserving freshness, but it also means accessibility: there’s little more frustrating than purchasing a gram of oil and only being able to scrape 80% of it off of parchment paper or plastic jars. What to look for in these situations is highly dependent on the consistency and texture of the product; if you have a knowledgeable budtender, they should be able to help walk you through what different terms (wax, shatter, crumble, distillate, etc.) mean in reference to consistency and extraction method if you aren’t already familiar.

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In my personal experience, the best concentrate packaging for almost all types is a container (glass or plastic are both fine here) with an insert made of medical-grade silicone. The silicone serves two purposes:

  • To ensure that consumers are able to get all of the product out of the package
  • To form a block between product and plastic to prevent chemical leaching and/or scratching glass particles into the container

Unbleached parchment paper is another generally reliable packaging method, but it has drawbacks which stem mainly from an inability to clearly view the product before purchasing it. If you’re cautious to try a particular brand or strain, ask your budtender for their feedback.

5. Detailed Labelling is Especially Important for Concentrate Packaging

Concentrate connoisseurs will be looking at the same packages as those who are looking to take their first dab, so it’s important for companies to find the balance when it comes to including information on packaging. I have found that people tend to prefer companies that test for terpene profiles as well as potency, and the few companies that include their residual solvent analyses on packages sell well because consumers know exactly how clean the product they’re getting will be.

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Oleum Extracts from Auburn, Washington is an exemplary brand when it comes to concentrate packaging. They package with a silicone insert which makes their product easily accessible, and they also include terpene results so that buyers know what flavor to expect. Another company to keep an eye out for is Errl’s, based out of northern Washington. They package all of their concentrates in either sturdy, thick glass containers or silicone slick sheets (in lieu of parchment paper), depending on that product’s consistency.

Lastly, be sure to ask your budtenders about their favorite brands as well! Different stores carry different products, and there are many more great companies available aside from the ones I have mentioned here.

6. Explore New Cannabis Brands and Find Your Favorites

The number of brands available to choose from when purchasing flower can be overwhelming, but after budtending in the adult-use industry, I have definitely noticed some standout companies that may help narrow down the choices. Coastal Cannabis and Seattle Green Bud, both based out of Seattle, are two of my favorite examples of quality, sustainable packaging. Seattle Green Bud packages in unique, hexagonal glass jars that feature bold artwork on the label.

This, combined with visible information on effects and sativa/indica dominance, attracts customers to their product. Adding a little insight as to what the high can be like is valuable, especially to novice consumers who may be less familiar with cannabis terminology.

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Other companies with stellar packaging practices definitely deserve a mention here as well. Gold Leaf Gardens and Seattle’s Private Reserve have roots in the medical industry predating the legal adult market, and have been reliable from the onset of recreational sales. Famous for their Peppermint Cookies and Tangie strains, Gold Leaf packages all of their flower in glass jars sealed with biodegradable cork, and their larger quantities (half and full ounces) come in packages wrapped with a length of hemp wick to ensure the best flavor. Seattle’s Private Reserve has developed some seriously powerful and flavorful new strains (including the happy genetic accident Lemonder), and they package large quantities in sturdy glass as well.

While there may not be a definite “best” way to package cannabis products, these tips can help you know where to start when it comes time to shop. Remember that you’re always going to be the best judge of what is the right product for you, and that each experience with cannabis is unique. Lastly, never hesitate to ask your budtender for help or suggestions – after all, you’re the reason we’re here!

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What Budtender Qualities Make You Turn Away From a Shop?

Budtender etiquette can easily make or break a visit for a customer or patient. As a recreational adult consumer, a bad experience with staff often means losing a customer and in an industry where every sale counts, losing a repeat customer means losing a valuable source of revenue. For those who rely on cannabis as medicine, to have inexperienced or ineffective staff is beyond a simple annoyance; it undermines the importance of their visit and being recommended the wrong product can have serious consequences.

We asked you what budtender qualities make you turn away from a dispensary and Leafly readers had a lot to say.

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“Not knowing the attributes of strains to give advice for therapeutic purposes. Get poor recommendations frequently.”

Whether the cannabis is being purchased for therapeutic or recreational purposes, budtenders should be knowledgeable about the different types of cannabis and their effects. Budtenders can also avoid making a poor recommendation by asking questions of the consumer, making it easier to find the right product for the right person. If they are looking for a sleep aid, don’t recommend a high-energy sativa. If they’re looking for a boost in productivity, don’t recommend a heavy indica.

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“Uncaring people who can care less that you’re there because you’re in pain or haven’t slept well because of illness. All they’re interested in is squeezing every penny they can get out of you.”

A little bit of compassion can go a long way, especially for a patient who truly relies on cannabis to treat their symptoms. Yes, revenue is important for those who are trying to make ends meet in a tricky industry, but keep in mind why these patients are in your store to begin with. For a medical cannabis patient, having access to proper medicine is about much more than money. It’s about their personal well-being.

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“Condescending budtenders. Or the ones who show low effort towards minor sales. I’ll take my stuff right out of there and go somewhere else.”

Don’t underestimate the importance of quality customer service. Every customer, whether buying an ounce or a gram, should be treated with the same respect reserved for any patient or customer. In the same way that a condescending waiter can sour a dining experience, feeling disrespected during a dispensary visit is more than enough for a customer to take their business elsewhere. Remember, even small sales can add up to big sales over a long period of time. Invest in your customers and they’ll keep coming back.

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“Basic lack of education about what strain is best for what. And I gotta say, it would be very comforting to see one who is older than 20-something and has experience. Many if not most actual patients are older.”

There’s no reason for age discrimination when hiring (except, of course, for making sure to hire employees of legal age to be handling cannabis products), but no matter the age of your employees, keep your clientele in mind. In this new era of breaking the stigma behind cannabis consumption, there is a new generation of canna-curious baby boomers. When catering to older clientele, be mindful that they may have tons or no experience with cannabis and, once again, this is where tactful questions can come in handy. Some boomers have been smoking for decades, while others are just dipping their toe into the waters since legalization.

It’s also important to note here that medical patients may be sensitive about their ailments. When asking questions to discern their needs in a strain or product, be cognizant of that sensitivity. If they offer up information, use it to help them find the right product, but don’t pry into their background. This is not only uncomfortable for patients, it can be seen as rude, insensitive, and even insulting. Tread lightly when it comes to medical issues.

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“Forgetting my exact change, forgetting to pack the actual medicine in the bag before I leave the place, acting stupid. I get that you’re running a dispensary, but at least your budtenders can be at least somewhat responsive when I’m purchasing my meds. Judging by more than a few times this happened, at many different dispensaries.”

Is this a no-brainer or not? Cannabis consumption during work hours is clearly up to the discretion of the company, but if it’s affecting performance and leading to bad experiences with customers, maybe it’s time to reconsider your policies. This is no longer an era of “anything goes” like it once was in the past days of unregulated cannabis, and unprofessional behavior can be a huge turn-off for customers.

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When it comes to proper budtender etiquette, generally it’s safe to say you should trust your instincts. Be polite and unassuming and make your customer as comfortable as possible. We’re working in a new and unique industry, and, as you guide your customers through uncharted waters, you can help break the stigma. Your influence has the potential to make or break a customer’s cannabis experience. Take your responsibility seriously and treat every consumer with respect and sincerity.


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In Pueblo: Scholarships for All, Thanks to Cannabis Taxes

Three months after Pueblo County voters rejected an initiative that would have banned most local cannabis industry operations, county officials announced that cannabis tax revenue will make $425,000 in scholarships available to local college students. There’s enough money in the scholarship fund to offer a scholarship to every graduating high school senior in the southern Colorado county.

Pueblo County officials said yesterday that they expect to use a pool of $425,000 in scholarship money to support local students enrolled in colleges within the county. That money is funded largely by cannabis excise taxes collected on growers, processors, and retailers in Pueblo County.

And that’s not even the full sum. According to the Pueblo Chieftain, the scholarship program will get another $49,664 in matching funds from the state’s COSI program. COSI is the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, a state-run program to support local students and aid their progress through post-secondary education.

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On Monday, a contract was renewed between Pueblo County and the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation commissioners to administer the scholarships.

“We are very excited,” Beverly Duran, executive director for the foundation, told the Chieftain. “It’s not often that we have excess dollars to give away to students to help them pay for college and so we are very excited to be partnering with Pueblo County and to be able to utilize excise tax dollars in addition to be eligible to apply for the COSI Grant, dollars from the state for our students here locally.”

There were 23 Pueblo County scholarships totaling $50,000 awarded in 2016. Duran said half of that money came from the cannabis excise tax and the other half from a COSI Grant.

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For this year, commissioners said hundreds of $1,000 scholarships will be available. Eligible students must be a graduating from high school in 2017, live in Pueblo County, and attend either one of the county’s secondary education schools—Pueblo Community College or Colorado State University-Pueblo—in the fall of 2017.

Applications are due April 30, 2017. Students can apply for the Pueblo County Scholarship online at www.phef.net.

The cannabis tax boost to the scholarship fund comes just three months after Pueblo County voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have banned adult-use marijuana cultivation, product manufacturing, and retail sales in the county.


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State Seizes CBD From Alaska Dispensaries

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Alaska Journal of Commerce, and is reprinted with permission.

Several retailers have confirmed that Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office enforcement seized thousands of dollars worth of imported cannabidiol oils on Feb. 9. Until they know what it is, officials said, Alaska retailers shouldn’t be selling it.

The products came from outside Alaska and were not packaged according to Alaska marijuana regulation, though federal law makes similar hemp oils with low THC concentrations legal for sale in all 50 states.

Everyone’s confused about where CBD falls in Alaska’s cannabis regulations.

“A tip from the U.S. Post Office led investigators from the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) to confiscate unapproved marijuana oils from several licensed retail marijuana stores across the state,” read a press release following the product seizures. “Post office staff contacted AMCO regarding leaking packages containing over 1,000 vials of CBD (cannabidiol) oil. AMCO investigators inspected the packages and found 20 unmarked vials. The presence of an unknown substance in a package with products intended for human consumption—including syringe-style dispensers, chocolate bars, chewing gum, and caramel-flavored agave sticks—posed a potential public health and safety risk.”

Alaska statute specifies that CBD oils are indeed a marijuana product and therefore under the supervision of the Marijuana Control Board. Federal laws, however, have caused problems for some Alaska companies who have up until now assumed CBD products were separate from marijuana.

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The Alaska Marijuana Control Board will hold a closed meeting on the topic with each of the involved retailers.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive compound derived from hemp, often made into tinctures, lotions and other topical therapeutic products for pain management and even epilepsy treatment.

Bryant Thorpe, owner of Anchorage’s first retail establishment, Arctic Herbery, confirmed that enforcement staff took his CBD products, and that he was not notified of the seizure until it happened.

Lily Bosshart, owner of Anchorage retail shop Dankorage, said enforcement called her to warn not to remove any CBD products until they could arrive — they had showed up to the closed shop unannounced beforehand.

The seizures come from confusion about CBD products’ place in the Alaska regulatory structure.

‘I wouldn’t be selling it if I thought it would be a problem.’

Lily Bosshart, Owner of Dankorage, a retail store

Bosshart, along with several other retailers who had their CBD products seized, said this is the first she has heard about the product being illegal in Alaska.

“It was my understanding that hemp products and this product in particular were ok,” she said. “I was unaware that this would be an issue. I wouldn’t be selling it if I thought it would be a problem.”

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James Hoelscher, AMCO’s chief investigator, said shops have a responsibility to find out for themselves whether or not products are legal if there is a perceived gray area.

“When we spoke with retailers, a few were not aware that CBD oil was a regulated product.  However, two admitted that they knew it wasn’t legal and were selling it anyway,” said Hoelscher in an AMCO release. “If there is a question about whether a product is legal to sell, all licensees need to do is pick up the phone.”

Harriet Milks, AMCO’s legal counsel, said she was not fully aware of the circumstances around the seizures, but that she was aware of questions regarding CBD products as they came onto retail shelves in recent weeks.

“’What is this product? We need to find out what it is,’” she said. “If it’s a marijuana product under our law I think we have a problem because it doesn’t seem to be packaged or tested or tracked according to Alaska regulations…if it’s not marijuana under our law, that’s a different story.”

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Colorado Releases First-of-Its-Kind Guide to Cannabis Worker Rights, Safety

One important takeaway: Yes, even cannabis producers are expected to comply with federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations.

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Washington is Overtaking Colorado in Cannabis Sales

The Colorado Department of Revenue just released its end of the year cannabis sales data for 2016. (Actually the state only releases its tax revenue data. We did the math to figure out total sales.) After adding December’s total, the annual sales figure for the Rocky Mountain State came in at $1,269,822,379.31.

Washington state recorded $1,109,088,781.00 in sales for the same year.

Hidden in those annual figures, though, is an interesting trend. Over the past three months, Washington has quietly overtaken Colorado as the nation’s leading legal cannabis state, in terms of monthly sales. Colorado sales in October, November, and December were $114 million, $103 million, and $111 million, respectively. During those same months Washington recorded $115 million, $112 million, and $112 million in sales.

What happened? Medical sales. Prior to July 2016, medical sales in Washington State were not reported to the state Liquor and Cannabis Board. On July 1, 2016, all medical sales were moved into state-licensed adult use stores, where they were reported as part of total cannabis sales. Those medical sales had been happening all the while; they just hadn’t been reported to the state prior to July 1.

The graph below shows cannabis sales since that date.

Since the integration of medical with adult-use last summer, Washington State cannabis sales consistently topped $110 million. Prior to that, the state’s cannabis industry had never reached $100 million in sales in a month.

Colorado still has Washington beat on one score. With 5.5 million people–compared to Washington’s 7.3 million–Colorado remains the undisputed champion in per capita sales.


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Women Grow Summit 2017: Meet 11 Leaders Driving the Cannabis Industry

Almost since the moment of its founding, Women Grow has been one of the cannabis industry’s most important and powerful business networking organizations. Three years ago the group started with a handful of entrepreneurs in Denver. Now more than 1,500 members meet in 35 cities on the first Thursday of every month. The Women Grow Leadership Summit, held every February in Denver (this year’s event is Feb. 1-3), draws business leaders from all over the nation for a sold-out three-day conference at the city’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Leafly spoke with a number of this year’s Summit participants during a Thursday night gathering hosted by the advocacy group Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). We asked each of our portrait subjects: “What’s your reason?” They could interpret the question however they liked. Here are a few of our favorite people, portraits, and answers.

Jamie Johnston, 28, Denver

Designer, Stashbox“I just joined the company two weeks ago. Natasha [Irizarry, Stashbox co-founder] and I went to college together. Stashbox uses data and surveys to connect people to products they’ll enjoy in a monthly subscription box. We’re a team of about ten. I design the outside, the inside, and some of the pieces that go in the box. Cannabis has opened a lot of broad creative doors for me. I’m able to use it in the industry while working, and it’s not looked down upon. Some of my friends are jealous—they’re like, man I wish I could smoke and others will just never get it. I don’t function without it so I don’t know what it’s like to not be able to work and create with it.”

Antuanette Gomez, Toronto

Owner, Pleasure Peaks topicals: “What’s my reason? I want to help empower women financially and also sexually. I’m doing that by building my company and sharing my story. We’ve been in business about eight months now. We’re best known for our Pleasure Peaks cannabis lubricant line, but we’re an all-encompassing company that embraces sex, cannabis, and spirituality. A lot of women aren’t comfortable with their vaginas. We’re helping bring them closer to their genital space with our cannabis products, and helping them use it in a very spiritual and meditative way. We’re very interested in helping women connect with their divine and erotic energy.”

Jyl Ferris, 60, New York City

Creative Director, Tikun Olam USA: “We’re the American subsidiary of Tikun Olam, which is based in Israel. They develop their own proprietary strains dedicated to treating certain ailments. I’ve always had a passion for natural medicine. The more I heard about medical studies, and all the research that was happening in Israel, the more I was amazed and drawn to it. I’m a creative person. I’ve been doing cooking shows for the past seven years. Seventy percent of the audience watching my show Cooking for Bachelors are millennials. I’m young at heart, and I decided this is the industry I want to be in.”

Stacia Cosner, 29, Oakland

Deputy Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP): “I got involved after being arrested for less than a gram of cannabis 11 years ago. I was a University of Maryland student. There was a knock at my door, I let them in, and they tore my room upside down. They took me to jail, put me in five-point shackles, and kept me there for nine hours. When they released me, I had to walk back to campus in my pajamas. It was January. They evicted me from my dorm, and told me that in order to remain enrolled I had to submit to random drug testing for two years, attend NA meetings, and write essays about what a terrible person I was. That’s what turned me into an activist. SSDP helped me feel like I wasn’t some criminal. I found this community of people and they totally changed my life. I was hired when I graduated college in 2009 and have been on staff ever since. Now I’m the longest running staff member in the organization.”

Victoria Harris, 29, Washington D.C.

Co-founder, DC Taste Buds: “I own a culinary cannabis company for medical marijuana dispensaries. Initially, I sort of fell into the business. It was very serendipitous. All my culinary friends started to hand me packages that were vacuum sealed, they were having me try edibles and stuff, and I like cannabis. I talked to my business partner and a separate business partner at the same time. They had never met each other, but they’re like, ‘Hey lets open a company,’ so we did. The brand launched amount 9 months. We’ll probably launch our products in the next 2 months. We’ll have the first culinary edible products in D.C.”

Rhiannon Snyder, 31, Houston

Director of Sales, Reliable Bud: “I work at a Texas hospital. I’m out here because I’m supporting my new venture with my partner. We’re launching a new application, called Reliable Bud, that is going to demystify the marijuana industry. I do what I do because I love making a difference and feeling like I’m helping people, making a positive change in their lives.”

Raea Campbell, 38, California

CEO, Bosm infused topicals: “I do breast health. I’m producing a topical oil for breast massage. It’s a preventive, detoxifying topical that stimulates the lymph system and keeps the breast healthy. I’ve been doing this for about a year. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Going through that with my mother, I did a lot of research and we ended up making our own cannabis topical oil to help her. After taking the cannabis oil, her blood markers became stable. She’s been in remission now for about two and a half years. Fucking amazing! My mom had stage four cancer. And now she’s back at life.”

P Clark, Arizona

Consultant: “I take brilliant ideas and enhance them. I’m a consultant in health care. I’m in this industry because this plant is a healing agent; everyone can benefit from it. I think it’s phenomenal that women are leading in this industry.”

Chelsey McKrill, 28, Oakland

Industry consultant: “I specialize in brands and marketing strategy for cannabis industry startups. I’m working with Synchronicity, which does cannabis wellness parties for women. And a cannabis hot tea company that makes really beautiful, organic, water-soluble, microdosed cannabis teas. I believe that the right to choose your own medicine is a civil right. We should all be empowered, knowledgeable, capable and free to do so.”

Amy Peters, New York City

CEO, Kizzle Kit“I’m interested in normalizing cannabis culture, and we’re doing that at Kizzle Kit by creating cute, stylish looking products. In the past, cannabis accessory style has been very male-centric and utilitarian. We strive to make things cute, fun, and exciting.”

Laura Beohner, 25, Boston

Co-founder, The Healing Rose: “The new recreational law went into effect in Massachusetts on December 15. That’s when I officially launched by topicals company, The Healing Rose. We’re in a gray market time right now, we can’t legally sell. So we’re donating our products to people and asking them for feedback. That way we can do market research and create value without stepping over any legal lines. We’re going to have a CBD product line out soon. I’ve always known that the main focus of my life would be to help people, and that’s what drove me to cannabis. There are just so many different ways to impact people’s lives in this industry, from quality of life, to safer alternatives to alcohol, to new opportunities for jobs and economic growth. It’s a really exciting time to be a part of Women Grow.”


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Colorado Agriculture Office Hosts Cannabis-Curious Officials From Other States

Agriculture officials this week briefed officials from other states on marijuana farming and how to regulate a crop the federal government still deems illegal.

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Canadian Cannabis Producer to Begin Exports to Chile

Tilray, one of 38 licensed producers serving Canada’s medical cannabis market, will begin exporting medical marijuana to Chile, the company announced this week. It’s the latest of the company’s initiatives to expand into overseas markets as more countries legalize the plant’s medical use.

The Nanaimo, British Columbia-based company will team with Alef Biotechnology SpA, which is licensed by the Chilean government to produce medical cannabis commercially, to import and distribute products into the country, according to a company press release. The first shipment is expected to arrive by late February and will be available at certain pharmacies and hospitals in Santiago. As part of the deal, Alef will secure exclusive rights to distribute Tilray’s product line in Brazil.

“Today’s announcement marks Tilray’s entry into Latin America and expands our international reach to a fourth continent,” Tilray President Brendan Kennedy said in a statement Wednesday. “We are proud to be able to offer patients in need access to high quality, pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis products.”

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Expanding to other territories is a chief focus for Tilray in 2017, the release said. The company last year become the first to legally export medical cannabis from North America to Australia and the European Union. It’s also working on a number of clinical trials, including Canadian studies looking into cannabis as a treatment for a severe form of childhood epilepsy as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The company is also involved in an Australian study exploring the safety and efficacy of cannabis to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea.

Tilray isn’t the only company setting its sights on global expansion. Bedrocan, originally a Dutch company, now operates as a licensed producer in Canada. Bedrocan has exported cannabis products from the Netherlands to Canada, Australia, and a number of European countries. Peace Naturals, another Canadian licensed producer, has exported to Germany. Currently, no company based in the United States exports cannabis beyond the nation’s borders.

In recent decades, views in Chile regarding cannabis have changed dramatically. Once among the country’s most tightly regulated substances, cannabis for private, personal use was decriminalized in 2005. The sale of cannabis-derived prescription medicines has been permitted by pharmacies since 2015.


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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Budtender

Hiring staff for your marijuana company can be tricky. There are many factors at play here – knowledgeability, experience, and training are all crucial details, but there is more to consider than just the obvious. In order to find the best employees, reduce your turnover rate, and protect your livelihood, consider the following before hiring a new staff member.

1. Hiring Too Quickly

In a booming industry, cannabis shops often need to move fast when it comes to supply and demand, and when there is an influx of customers or patients, employers recognize the need to have as many qualified staffers on hand as possible.

The key there is “qualified.” Having customer service experience is important, but if you operate a medical marijuana dispensary, you need to ensure that your staff is capable of guiding patients towards the right strains and the right products that meets their needs. Even in a recreational setting, steering a customer towards the wrong product could result in a patron having an unpleasant experience, which could ultimately result in a lost customer.

If you hire too quickly, you’re more likely to have a high turnover rate, and you’ll be hiring again within months, likely for a better, more qualified candidate.

During interviews, a great way to test knowledge and personability is to role-play. Act the role of both a customer and a patient with specific needs. A knowledgeable budtender can recognize those needs and gear the customer towards the right cannabis products.

To Summarize: Conduct more than one interview.

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2. Not Thoroughly Checking Your Candidate’s History

We are by no means advocating that you discriminate against a potential employee based on their past, particularly for something as generally insignificant as a nonviolent drug-related charge. You should, however, check references for employees, and it’s definitely worthwhile to do a criminal background check.

Case in point: Have a Heart, a fairly prominent cannabis company in Seattle, hired a budtender based on a false name, Nyhier Manning. Not just a false name, but a very unusual false name. Within a month after being hired, the shop was robbed at gunpoint in which several employees (including “Nyhier”) were tied up and held hostage.

Luckily, the location’s security protocols and a diligent manager foiled the plan, but when Have a Heart owner Ryan Kunkel investigated further, he discovered his employee was not who he said he was. “Nyhier Manning” was actually Sean Sylve, who was personal friends with the would-be robbers and was already high-tailing his way out of the state. This story has a happy ending – the robbers and their accomplice were all arrested, but take heed of this cautionary tale.

To Summarize: Always conduct a background check.

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3. Hiring Someone With No Customer or Retail Service Experience

Many people who want to work in the cannabis industry mistakenly believe that being interested in cannabis is experience enough. Not so, say dispensary owners and managers. While it’s important to have an interest in cannabis, a lot of budtending comes down to the very basic skill of customer service.

Budtenders meet with patients and customers and must help them find the right product for the right price to ensure customer satisfaction. Happy customers make repeat customers, and loyal customers leave rave reviews for your cannabis shop and encourage their friends to visit it as well.

A budtender can have all the growing, trimming, and cannabis expertise in the world, but if they don’t know how to positively interact with a prospective customer, it can change the entire experience for your clientele.

To Summarize: Customer service/retail experience is key.

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4. Not Properly Training Employees (or Offering Opportunities to Learn)

If you find a great employee who doesn’t have quite the cannabis expertise that you’d prefer, make sure to include learning opportunities as a regular part of the employee experience. This could be something company-wide, like weekend seminars or regular access to learning materials, or it can be as simple as having an expert on staff around to answer questions and train the newbies.

If you want to have success in this industry, heed the advice of former budtender and dispensary manager Maria Sharp: “Avoid opting for a slew of short shift employees instead of a strong core staff with a couple of part-timers to help fill gaps.”

James Scott, a former budtender with Seattle Cannabis Company, agrees, adding, “It helps to invest in budtenders who expand their knowledge base over a long period of employment, rather than trying to nickel and dime employees, which results in high turnover and tons of new hires with very little knowledge.”

To Summarize: Properly train employees for long-term success.

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5. Never Ignore Red Flags

A red flag can be something as simple as a gut feeling that something is not quite right. You received a glowing reference about this new budtender from a good friend, but you can’t shake that nagging feeling that something is a bit off. None of their previous employers have called you back, but you’re short-handed and need staffers as soon as possible, so you decide to ignore your instincts and take a chance.

This industry is already a risky one to enter. In order to run a successful cannabis business, there are tight security measures that you must undertake to protect yourself and your business. Anyone that you employ should be absolutely trustworthy – they’re going to be handling your cash, your product, and your livelihood. There are very few legal protections available for marijuana companies, so when in doubt, be patient, double-check their references, and trust your instinct if you don’t think the candidate will be a good fit.

To Summarize: If something seems off, trust your gut.

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Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.