Global Automation in Cannabis & Hemp
Cannabis Tech spoke to Cullen Raichart, CEO of GreenBroz, Inc about hemp and cannabis harvesting equipment, automation, and the rise of global interest.
While craft beer producers have worked in the shadows cast by the giant beer companies, in cannabis, small-scale production has dominated from the beginning. The type of specialized production associated with artisan cannabis has long been the rule rather than the exception. More significant players are coming, but artisan cannabis will still have a presence as long as producers continue to meet their customers’ expectations.
Although vaping is often heralded as a cleaner and safer way to ingest nicotine or cannabis, the CDC has reported over 193 instances of severe lung disease in 22 states, all linked to the use of vaporizers. Illinois saw the first death related to these cases, and officials are reporting a second death in Oregon.
Like any thriving modern industry, cannabis must stay efficient if it expects to remain profitable. In this digitalized age, the role of information technology (IT) is vital to the successful operation of any business, in cannabis or otherwise. Those who are trained in its application and have demonstrated their capacity to perform will be highly sought after, and they will be tasked with solving numerous problems both existing and yet to be imagined.
In an atmosphere of high regulation, limited advertising opportunities, and continually evolving legislation, cannabis brands are turning to tech to improve the retail experience. In many markets, most notably in Canada, the sample bud jar and slick packaging have been entirely removed from the retail space. Regulations like these make it near-impossible for consumers to interact with the product they wish to purchase.
As cannabis moves closer toward widespread legalization, more and more colleges are offering programs to prepare graduates for work within the industry. Here we take a look at some of the emerging cannabis degrees and certificates available in the United States.
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This week on A Tech Moment, Gavin Kogan of Grupo Flor spoke with Cannabis Tech’s Kristina Etter. Kogan, Chairman of the Board at Grupo Flor and currently working as VP of Government Affairs, is a fierce advocate for entrepreneurs in cannabis. His opinion, however, does not come without caveats.
By now, it’s not news that the cannabis industry operates without any national or global regulatory oversight. The lack of industry-wide standards or protocols has led to the development of a patchy network of similar, yet unperfected, regulated markets. It's an unstable framework which has led to a frustrating and repeating pattern of scandals, many of which are entirely avoidable.
In one of the strongest conservative states of America, cannabis legislation has moved forward through a misunderstanding of taxonomy. Texas has accidentally made it so that it's more difficult to prosecute the possession of cannabis.
If we’ve learned anything at all from the exploration and research advances in cannabis science over the last 30 years, it’s that THC and CBD were just the tip of the iceberg, and many minor cannabinoids are on the rise.