What’s the Cannabis Universal Symbol

The Cannabis Universal Symbol takes many shapes and forms in various states. Maine has "Contains THC" on it. Oregon has an exclamation point and a cannabis leaf. The California symbol has a triangle with an exclamation point and cannabis leaf. The Universal Symbol must be on your cannabis packaging to be sold legally in California. According to the DCC: The universal symbol for cannabis alerts people that the product contains cannabis. It must be on the primary panel of all cannabis goods sold in California. Do not alter the symbol, other than changing the size. It must be at least ½ inch by ½ inch in size. To make it easy we've made the symbol available for download here. You can also get the universal symbol on the DCC website. universal_symbol.jpg universal_symbol.png universal_symbol.pdf
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Start a Grow Free Farm

What's a grow free farm? Anytime you start a business you are going to spend money. You have to spend money to make money, right? Well, that's not always the case. Here's ways to start a grow free farm--or gff--that will practically cost nothing! You may incur costs up front but if you're frugal you can save tons of money over the life of your grow. Move to a piece of land that has a well. Well water will give your farm free water for life. Use seeds you already have from previously grown successful plants or clone good plants. Make sure the home on your property has solar panels. This will give you free electricity. This is especially true if you're growing indoors. Pay your licensing and certification fees on time to avoid late fees and fines. Buy a security system. When it's connected to the solar array it won't cost a dime. It may help you find the neighbors stealing your plants. It may help you find rodents or wild animals destroying your fields. Make s…
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Steps to Success in Cannabis Cultivation

Follow these steps to success in cannabis growing. These steps will fast track you to excelling in your grow operation. Get your license to grow Get your OCal certification Get your packaging (about $1.81 each) Pick a great brand name that represents you and get your label made (about $.60+ each) Start a grass roots advertising campaign on social media List your business online in the Free Cannabis Directory Contact a distributor about buying your cannabis Ask the distributor how much they can buy and how much they can pay Package your cannabis into 3.5g, 7g, and 28g packages Label the packages Deliver your cannabis to the distro Collect your check from the distro
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Get Your Cannabis Operation OCal Certified

What is OCal certification and why is it important to you're farming organization? Ocal is a California program that certifies your farm. It allows you to sell your cannabis as comparable to organic in the state. What's comparable to organic? Simplified, it gives your farm organic status without calling it organic while at the same time certifying it consistent with, and following uniform standards comparable to the National Organic Program Currently, cannabis cannot be labeled organic. Only the USDA can certify farm products organic. Cannabis is illegal under federal law and so the term organic cannot be used on any cannabis labeling. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) was required by law to establish a certification program for cannabis that is comparable to the National Organic Program and the California Organic Food and Farming Act. However, only the National Organic Program can authorize use of the word “organic” on product packaging. The term …
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European Commission Makes Two Big Steps on CBD Reform Front

Not all is doom and gloom on the cannabis front in Europe, no matter the frustrating red tape, delays, and inevitable lawsuits.

Indeed, this week the European Commission released news of two important developments that will certainly move the industry forward regionally. This is true even if further legal action is required in specific jurisdictions. With reform at an EU level, this creates the opportunity for policy and regulatory changes in individual countries like never before. One very good example of this is the Kanavape case in France, which was raised to an EU-level legal challenge, and which, in turn, spawned a similar lawsuit in Germany to allow imported hemp products.

The first announcement is absolutely going to impact hemp production. The second is going to move the needle on setting EU-wide standards on the cultivation front.

No matter how long and torturous the wait has been, including thanks to COVID delays, there is indeed light…

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Maryland House Advances Cannabis Legalization Bills

The legalization of adult-use cannabis in Maryland took another step forward on Wednesday with the advancement of two bills in the state’s House of Delegates. 

The first measure, House Bill 837, would legalize possession of up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis for adults and create an equitable path to cannabis legalization, according to the sponsor of the legislation. The bill would also allow adults to cultivate up to two cannabis plants at home.

House Bill 837 was created as companion legislation for House Bill 1, a cannabis legalization ballot planned for the November election. Both bills were approved by the House on Wednesday after a second reading and a 90-minute debate.

The legislation is based on the findings of the House Cannabis Referendum and Legalization Workgroup, which began working on a legalization plan in September. The enactment of House Bill 837 is contingent on the passage of a cannabis legalization referendum planned for this year…

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