NACB Releases Packaging and Labeling Standards for Public Review

Last week, the National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) announced the publication of their Packaging and Labeling National Standard, initiating a comment period for public review. The NACB, which launched in June of 2017, is the first-ever self-regulatory organization (SRO) for cannabis businesses in the United States. According to the […]

The First Map of the Cannabis Genome

Sunrise Genetics, Inc., the parent company for Hempgene and Marigene, announced last week they have successfully mapped the cannabis genome. The genome map was presented at the 26th Annual Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego, CA during the panel “Cannabis Genomics: Advances and Applications.” According to CJ Schwartz, […]

How to Reduce Mold & Contaminants in Indoor, Greenhouse and Outdoor Grows

Controlling your grow environment doesn’t start when you germinate your first seeds, it starts before you build your grow. There are steps you can take that will have a significant impact on mold growth and contamination, and these will vary based on the grow environment you choose. Below is a […]

10 Ways to Reduce Mold in Your Grow

Regardless of whether your grow is indoor or in a greenhouse, mold is a factor that all cultivators must consider. Photo credit: Steep Hill- a petri dish of mold growth from tested cannabis After weeks of careful tending, pruning and watering to encourage a strong harvest, all cultivators are looking […]

Sunrise Genetics Partners With RPC, Begins Genetic Testing in Canada

Sunrise Genetics, Inc., the parent company of Marigene and Hempgene, announced their partnership with New Brunswick Research & Productivity Council (RPC) this week, according to a press release. The company has been working in the United States for a few years now doing genomic sequencing and genetic research based in […]

Vermont Legislature Votes to Legalize Cannabis

Vermont could become the ninth state to legalize recreational cannabis soon, and the first to do so via the legislature. The Vermont Senate just voted to pass H. 511, a bill that would legalize cannabis for adults. The bill now goes to Governor Phil Scott’s desk for his signature, and […]

Microbiology 101 Part One

I have been studying microorganisms for over 35 years, and the elusive critters still fascinate me! Here in Microbiology 101, I write about the foundation of knowledge on which all microbiologists build. You may have a general interest in microbiology or have concerns in your operation. By understanding microbiology, you […]

Tikun Olam Expands to Washington, D.C.

Today, Tikun Olam announced their expansion into the Washington, D.C. market. Partnering with the cultivator, Alternative Solutions, they will license them to grow, manufacture and distribute Tikun-branded products. Tikun Olam is an international cannabis company with roots in Israel, where they are working in clinical trials to produce strains targeting […]

Cannabis and the Environment: Navigating the Interplay Between Genetics and Transcriptomics

It is that time of year where the holidays afford us an opportunity for rest, recuperation and introspection. Becoming a new father to a healthy baby girl and having the privilege to make a living as a scientist, fills me with an immeasurable sense of appreciation and indebtedness. I’ve also […]