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Cynthia SalarizadehCynthia SalarizadehNovember 25, 2020
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The holiday season is right around the corner! So what do you get the cannabis grower in your life?  Although the obvious choice might be a pair of socks decorated with cannabis leaves,  for the more sophisticated cannabis cultivator, we’ve found 14 gifts every grower would be stoked to receive. 

1. A mobile farm radio for grows in weak cell reception areas

Don’t let a weak signal put your communications in jeopardy! With a farm radio from Midland, you’ll always be able to get in touch with team members. The system from Midland can provide a range of up to 50 miles in areas with little or no obstruction.

2. Software to streamline their operations 

Traditionally, growers have used notebooks and whiteboards to track daily tasks and record grow data. But as the industry matures and operators scale their businesses, a need for smarter tools is born.

Meet Trym– user-friendly software built just for cultivators. Trym’s task management system allows a team to map out its tasks for a new plantings’ entire growth cycle. And Trym’s integrations with leading environmental sensors automate the monitoring of grow conditions. 

The coolest part is being able to access past data on harvests in order to optimize future ones. One thing all growers have in common is that they never stop trying to improve.

Help the grower in your life reach the success they deserve. With Trym they’ll quickly increase their operation’s productivity and consistency.

3. An environmental controls system to keep conditions at optimal levels

The professional grower who’s into tracking all of their environmental conditions will dig TrolMaster products for their powerful control systems and sensors that monitor lighting, temperature, humidity, and CO2.

Imagine how a plant experiences the sun outdoors, with gradual light intensity increasing from morning to afternoon. Now, a grower can program the light cycle and specific environmental conditions they desire to simulate natural outdoor conditions.

4. Microbiometer for quick and affordable soil tests

For farmers growing in soil, microbial biomass is considered to be the best indicator of soil health. With a product like a Microbiometer, growers can take their own on-site soil tests in only 10 minutes. 

Results are read through a mobile app and data is stored for later analysis. This is a great tool to track and evaluate the effectiveness of soil amendments. And for those who simply need to know their soil is healthy as can be, the Microbiometer is a fast and affordable way to do so.

5. Rapid wireless charging for long days 

12-hour days, lots of communication, research and note taking can take a toll on a grower’s phone. That’s why having a quick and easy way to charge up throughout the day is crucial. 

That’s where this Belkin charging stand comes in as the perfect gift. It offers up to 10 watts for Apple and Samsung so that you spend less time charging and more time tending to crops. 

6. A botanical illustration to dress up your wall

For a tasteful depiction of the beloved cannabis flower, these gorgeous prints from Goldleaf make a wonderful gift for anyone in the cannabis industry. 

Plus, all proceeds raised from these prints are donated to Project Sanctuary, an organization that helps military families and veterans returning from service. 

7. A garden gnome to watch over the crop

Help keep things lively in your grower’s work space. Whether they cultivate outdoors or in, a properly placed garden gnome will surely bring smiles. 

Gnomes are symbols of good luck and they are thought to provide protection. Who better to keep a close watch over a crop or home. There are plenty of gnomes to choose from–both big and small, so choose one that fits your grower’s personality.

8. Jeweler’s loupe to keep a close eye on the trichomes

After months of caring and nurturing their plants, one of the most important moments in a grower’s journey is deciding when it’s time to harvest. 

Growers listen to their plants and pay close attention to the trichomes, or resin glands on cannabis flowers. When they change from clear to milky, that’s when they know it’s time.

To monitor the trichomes, growers must be able to see them close up. This jeweler’s loupe has a handy LED light so they can see their handiwork day or night

9. Method 7 glasses for eye protection

Spending lots of time under grow lights can do serious damage to a grower’s eyes. Modern grow lights manipulate the natural light spectrum to mimic the sun’s rays, and too much exposure is not a good thing.

Every grower should protect their eyes while working in a grow room or light-assisted greenhouse. The most popular, high quality glasses in the industry are made by Method 7.

You’ll need to ask the grower what kind of lights they grow under because Method 7 makes glasses for all types including HPS, LED and Metal Halide.  

10. Airtight UV glass storage jars to keep their herb fresh

The freshness of cannabis diminishes rapidly with time, and the most harmful elements are oxygen and light. 

For a grower who smokes and wants a tasty, high-quality smoke each time, gift them a premium air-tight ultraviolet glass jar.This UV glass container from Masterdam will store and preserve their herb, increase its shelf life, and prolong its potency.

11. Smartphone camera lens for better quality grow photos and videos

One thing all growers have in common is pride in their work. Give them an opportunity and they’ll talk at length about their unique approach and how it results in the best cannabis possible. 

And they’re most likely to show you with a picture or video of their room. The issue is that if they don’t have a special filter on their phone, their shots will come out orange (if growing under HPS bulbs). 

This clip-on lens filter attaches to a phone and filters out the red-spectrum light to help the growers showcase their prized garden. 

12. A utility holster organizes necessities 

Growers have lots of tools and items they need within reach. It’s a hassle to pack your pockets before you step into the grow area and then clean them out each day. Instead,  this utility holster does a better job of keeping their things tidy and in one place. 

The holster easily clips on to waistbands, belts, or straps, and makes the perfect gift for someone needing a little bit more organization in their work space.

13. Hemp Coasters to bring their passion into their living space

These aren’t just any coasters. They’re made of hemp rope and are a subtle but distinct nod to the cannabis and hemp industry. These coasters are hand-made and can be found on Etsy.

Forget plastic, hemp is the promising crop towards increased sustainability. A simple, yet unique gift for any and all growers. 

14. Lava soap for clean and smooth hands

Anyone who has  worked with cannabis knows how sticky the flowers are. Even short tasks like pruning or deleafing result in sticky hands that are layered with resin from the plants.  

Regular old soap doesn’t cut it, which is why the perfect stocking stuffer for the growers in your life is Lava Soap.

This pumice soap cuts through all that resin and is a heavy-duty alternative to regular soap. Help a grower keep their hands clean and soft with this pumice soap, used by many since 1893.

 


William SumnerWilliam SumnerFebruary 23, 2018
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Part Two of a Four-Part Series

Why are less than one percent of California cannabis cultivators actually licensed to grow cannabis? That is the question on everyone’s mind in the wake of a 36-page report released by the California Growers Association, which represents more than 1,100 small and independent cannabis businesses.

The report details many of the political, financial, and cultural barriers preventing small to midsize cannabis cultivators from entering the legal market. In part two of our four-part series, Green Market Report will take you through the report and lay out the state and local barriers standing in the way of cannabis cultivators.

Local Policy

Local cannabis regulations in California is, to say the least, a hodgepodge of conflicting rules passed by municipalities struggling to understand the legal cannabis market. As of February 2018, only 13 out of 58 California counties have passed laws allowing commercial cannabis activities

Six counties are likely to pass ordinances in the new future, while 14 more counties are currently studying the issue. Nearly half of California counties (25) have already passed bans on commercial cannabis activity.

Of those counties that have actually passed ordinances allowing cannabis activity, many have implemented caps on the number cannabis business permits available. For example, Trinity County only has 500 available cannabis business permits despite having more than 4,000 cultivators operating in the area.

Similarly, local zoning ordinances have made it increasingly difficult for cultivators. In Sonoma County, for example, a local ban on rural residential and agricultural residential areas have helped to exclude over 3000 cannabis cultivators from the market.

Likewise, in urban areas, many zoning ordinances have left cannabis businesses huddled in small business districts; which in turn have helped spike local real estate prices, thus further making it difficult for small-scale cannabis cultivators.

State Policy

Current state cannabis laws have also played a part in preventing small to midsize cannabis cultivators from entering the market. Under the 1976 Direct Marketing Act, California farmers are allowed to directly interact with consumers through Farmers’ Markets and Community Supported Agriculture.
However, current state law has not adapted to allow the privileges of cannabis cultivators. The state does offer cannabis event licenses, but these are strictly limited to retail cannabis businesses and exclude cannabis cultivators and manufacturers.

The CGA believes that this will have a negative effect on many small to midsize cultivators, many of whom were able to interact directly with patients under now-defunct state law.

Cannabis transportation has also proven to be a bottleneck for cultivators. Of the 192 licensed cannabis distributors, 133 (approximately 69%) hold at least one other license non-distribution licenses. Approximately 28% of distribution licenses are controlled by manufacturers, another 25% are owned by dispensaries, 9% belong to cannabis cultivators, 4% is controlled by businesses with multiple licenses in the supply chain, and 3% are controlled by delivery companies.

Only 31% (59) of the issued cannabis distribution licenses are actually owned by companies focused solely on distribution. What does this mean for cannabis cultivators? In essence, it means that not only are cannabis cultivators forced to rely on competitors for distribution but also that they have to rely on companies that simply not scaled to transport other licensees products.

Further complicating the distribution issue is cannabis testing. Not only are there too few licensed cannabis testing laboratories in the state (22 total), there are not enough distribution companies to meet the demand; which in turn drives up the price for both.

Also hurting cultivators is the soon-to-be distinction between medical and recreational cannabis on the production level. A six month grace period allowing medical and recreational licensees to transact with one another will soon expire, which will increase the start-up cost for prospective cannabis businesses.

For cultivators, this means having to get both a recreational and medicinal cultivation license in order to maintain market flexibility. Not only that, cultivators will have to decide which portion of their harvest will be dedicated to recreational and what portion will go towards the medicinal market.

The confluence of confusing state and local regulations has led to widespread confusion among the cannabis cultivators, which in and of itself is a barrier to licensing. In order to stay compliant with the law, licensees must be aware of regulations from the CDFA, BCC, MCSB, Water Board, CD FW, CDTFA, OSHA, as well as local building and fire code, and local regulatory and tax ordinances.

Stay Tuned for Part Three

According to a poll conducted by the CGA, 57% of its member cite regulatory confusion as a “significant” barrier to becoming licensed. But regulatory woes are not the only barriers towards becoming licensed cannabis cultivators. Indeed there is a litany of financial and even cultural considerations that keep many of the state’s cultivators from joining the legal market; and in part three of our four-part series, we will examine those issues. Stay tuned.



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