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Real Craft growers could get the green light from Health Canada.

 

Marijuana ( cannabis),  plant growing inside of the green house in a private garden. Private growers may soon have access to become small scale producers.

 

The government of Canada’s recent proposed regulations will open the door for small scale craft )micro) producers and potentially allowing low risk offenders to participate in the industry. The regulations also allow leniency on packaging and products. Canadian’s have until Jan 20th to offer opinions either via online survey or by providing a written submission. ” This proposed regulatory approach is informed by extensive consultations and research , it also meets our goal of protecting public health and safety, The Health Minister stated.

The proposals also open the door to increasing the types and quantities of products available for sale in an attempt to stamp out the black market.

“additional products could include , pre rolled joints , vapor cartridges manufactured with dried cannabis. Also oil capsules , sprays and oil intended for topical use would continue to be permitted.”

The concentrations would be:

: Pre rolled joints to contain no more than 1 gram

: Edible products are capped at 10 mg per product

:Cannabis oil subjected to a cap of 30 mg THC per ML as it exists today for the medical industry

:No limitations continue on dried products.

Licensing 

Many new licensing regimes will also be introduced such as new permits for cultivation , processing, sale , testing , research and importing/exporting.

The new licensing required for example cultivation , growers will then be able to apply for licenses that fit their business model. This includes anything from a large scale provider to a small scale producer specializing in something like clones/cuttings.

Producers will be able to introduce exclusive boutique products and then sell to larger producers and can participate in the market via provincial sellers as the province will be able to obtain products from any producer within their jurisdiction.

Labelling

These proposed regulations would no longer require generic or plain packaging and give possible leeway to these areas , trusting that the producer meets some universal standards.

Security 

The Health Minister will have to issue the licence for cultivation or sale to anyone under the cannabis act which is currently working its way through parliament.

The minister would also have the ability to refuse security clearance to anyone with connections to organized crime or previous convictions linked to drug trafficking or violent crime.

 

Canadian’s have until January 1st to respond to a survey related to if  non violent offenders should be able to enter the market. Have your say by completing the link below.

Consultation Paper: Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis.

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POWDERY MILDEW What is it and how to get rid of it?

Powdery Mildew is an air born fungi disease. As the name implies , powdery mildew looks like powdery spots of white and can be found on any part of the plant and both indoor and outdoor.

There are many types of powdery mildew but they all look pretty much the same and it can attach in any stage of the plants development. Although powdery mildew can be scary looking , it does not usually cause the plant to die but photosynthesis can stop if the leaf’s are completely covered. It can also effect the taste look,  and smell of the finished product.

 

Is it a health hazard to smoke powdery mildew?

Consuming plants infected with powdery mildew can be harmful to your health , it can also  lead to respiratory infections and even cause the lung disease Aspergillosis. If a person with a compromised immune system inhales marijuana infected by powdery mildew , they can potentially get a lung infection that can be serious or even fatal.

How does a plant attract powdery mildew?

The most common causes of powdery mildew are:

-High humidity (above 55%)

-Poor air circulation

-wind (outdoor)

-plants being to close to one another

-touching a plant with PM then touching another plant .

 

How to treat and prevent powdery mildew?

There are many sprays on the market that claim to eliminate powdery mildew once it has been detected. However we could not find one that actually  worked.

Some better options would be:

SERINADE (treatment)

A 100% organic beneficial bacteria helps fight bacteria with bacteria. This liquid smells horrible but it works. We would recommend to dilute with water as per the bottles instructions and spray directly on the effected area.

Surfer Burners (treatment) – Many old school growers use sulfur burners to treat powdery mildew , this method works but can be expensive and will most likely leave a faint  sulfer taste in the finished product.

-Sulfer Burner shown on the left.

C02 (Preventative) By adding 750 PPM of C02 to the grow space then you will be providing  an environment where powdery mildew cannot thrive and you will most likely never see it again. Many growers that we spoke to use C02 just for this purpose and receive the other benefits along with it.

 

CONCLUSION- To treat powdery mildew effectively , we would recommend to either u a sulfur burner or to mix serenade with the manufactures recommend amount of water.

To prevent powdery mildew , we strongly recommend good air flow and having at least 750 PPM of C02 in the grow room at all times and you should never see it again.