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OG Kush is, arguably the queen of the NorCal and US cannabis scenes…at least as far as the illicit market is concerned.  In terms of market recognition, flower beauty and structure, aroma, taste, effect, price, sales velocity and yield, no other strain is her equal.    As a habitual smoker since my teen years in … Continue reading OG Kush

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OG Kush is,
arguably the queen of the NorCal and US cannabis scenes…at least as far as the
illicit market is concerned.  In terms of
market recognition, flower beauty and structure, aroma, taste, effect, price,
sales velocity and yield, no other strain is her equal.   

As a
habitual smoker since my teen years in 1992 I’m a huge fan of old school skunk,
trainwreck and white strains.  That said,
nothing compares to a bowl of fresh SFV OG topped with its own dry sift.  For me personally, not even the most
exquisite live rez dab rivals the flavor and effect of this combo when grown
exceptionally well.  As such, SFV OG,
Lemon Larry, Ghost, or the traditional herself are my very favorite strains to
grow.  In terms of producing showcase
retail flower and creating exceptional economic value, core OG Kush phenotypes are
also a complete joy to farm.

While simple
to grow like all cannabis plants (give them what they want when they want it),
OG’s are finicky, they attract significant predation, and they don’t boast of
the strongest epidural layer.  Combined
with relatively poor farming skills, this combination has led to enormous
amounts of shit weed coming out of Humboldt County.  Many growers, hobbyist, professional and commercial
alike, produce tremendously small, twiggy, sterile, and ugly OG that ultimately
gets dumped for bottom dollar.

Seed stock
OG’s are not the real deal in terms of nose or bag appeal and leave middlemen
and buyers exasperated as people run to hell and back trying to fill a couple
box order.  I recently heard of an
illicit market showing where of the 1,000 units requested, 2 of the 700 pounds
located by my friend were actually purchased.

Humboldt,
you are screwing up big time.  Both white
and black markets want OG, and we have largely proven inadequacy in terms of
meeting market demand.

With
burgeoning supply of decent OG’s coming out of the central valley and elsewhere,
and with ever more white market distribution platforms coming on line, not as
many people need to trek to our neck of the woods for product.  To the extent that finding good OG in
Humboldt continues to be nearly impossible (yes I know there’s tens of
thousands of pounds of last year’s product floating around), folks will simply go
elsewhere to purchase.

Finding OG
with predictable quality at acceptable volume and price is not a task for the faint
at heart.   Friends of mine scramble to hell and back,
rounding up dozens of samples – at multiple price points – to be rejected far,
far more than not.

Buyers want
large, chunky, stinky, naked, lime colored OG’s that appear white given their
magnificent outer trichome layer.  OG should
get you high every hit on the exhale, and it should taste like candy and go
down smooth as it annihilates you.  While
high levels of limonene (like in the SFV) can be harsh for some users, well
done organic OG will require little nitrogen masking and should be both smooth
and tasty…even just days into drying.

Because many
buyers are failing to find good OG in Humboldt and can find shitloads of decent
product elsewhere, our weed market is in big, big trouble.  Many I know have even quit trying to farm OG
and are opting for something less desirable they feel is easier to work with. Ouch!

In the midst
of what promises to be a painful economic collapse for Humboldt and the larger
Emerald Triangle, few growers I know are putting the puzzle together.  They feel picked on, scared, and angry, and
many are whining like little kids while harkening back to the glory days in
conversation. Instead of getting real with themselves and honing their skills,
many have become bitter and have shown their true lack of professionalism,
determination, and grit.  Some blame
politics and corporations, while none I know, at least publicly, blame their
own incompetence or inability to dance successfully with the most desirable
strain in the marketplace.

My advice to
growers in Humboldt is to learn how to grow OG Kush and other “sensitive
cultivars” at a very high level.  Don’t
grow some bullshit seed stock or bogus pheno with the wrong nose and wrong bag
appeal.  Grow one of the core phenotypes
mentioned previously or something else absolutely, unequivocally, and universally
accepted by buyers, farmers, and consumers as the real deal.

And chill
the hell out.  G’s like it easy, like a
nice day on the ocean.  Find the steep
hill video of a phosphorus loaded, red dogged piece of shit of a nug
representative of much market OG, versus the more natural and spectacularly
beautiful chunk to its side.  Also stop
being lazy and start working with your damn plants.  If you want to sell outdoor flower, it better
not look like it.  And no, your dep
probably doesn’t look anything like indoor either.  Slam the energy down on em thru manipulation,
drive it back up in transition with thinning, and keep the bugs and pathogens
away.  You will have predictably huge,
chunky, heavy, beautiful OG buds more representative of the weed that made
Humboldt famous before tens of thousands of us were playing the game.

If Humboldt
could truly bring the magic back in terms of actually producing marketable
flower, things wouldn’t tank quite as fast. 
The tremendously painful economic realignment we are just now facing
would be lessened to some extent and our reputation would start clawing its way
out of the gutter. 

Because we
were largely secluded and because many us of grew the best stuff out of our
friend groups, we became overconfident and arrogant.  We thought we actually grew good weed, which
was a faulty premise for most operating in the space.

The reason Oregon
craft farmers are now failing en masse is because they aren’t and never were
craft producers.  Their weed is shit, or
marginal at best, which is not much of a selling proposition these days.  Same story here in Humboldt and elsewhere in
the triangle… too many who are all bark and no bite.

Larfy,
twiggy, moderately frosty outdoor with poor structure, mixed phenotypes and questionable
nose is no longer in vogue.  Outdoor
makes up approximately 20% of the white market by transaction and prices are
now averaging around $650 a pound nationwide. 
What the less skilled hate to accept though is that the current range
for outdoor flower is from $300-$1700 according to data from
cannabisbenchmarks.  Somewhere the Jedi
knights of cannabis are crushing it, as are some white market indoor operators
garnering $2,500 a unit versus an average a grand cheaper.  The lesson is clear – the market has
segmented and will continue to do so. 
Market weed is essentially worthless and will drive the small operators
producing it out of business in short order…it already is.  For fantastic producers, opportunity is
abound, at least for now.  Many will be
coming for that prize though, so be prepared and keep grinding.

Execute daily, stay true to your process and above all, keep rocking that stellar OG Kush.

Jesse Duncan

SFV OG Mid Flower

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Why Seed-to-Sale Might Not Be the Best Fit for Your Cannabis Dispensary

Cannabis dispensary owners often have a dilemma whether they are better off with a retail point of sale (POS) or seed-to-sale software system when it comes to cannabis retail business activities. With the term seed-to-sale appearing quite frequently in official regulatory language, one could easily conclude that seed-to-sale software is the only option to comply with state or provincial reporting requirements. But in reality, cannabis retailers are better served by a cannabis POS specifically created for retail rather than investing in a full-blown seed-to-sale system, which is primarily-designed for cultivation activities.

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Cannabis dispensary owners often have a dilemma whether they are better off with a retail point of sale (POS) or seed-to-sale software system when it comes to cannabis retail business activities. With the term seed-to-sale appearing quite frequently in official regulatory language, one could easily conclude that seed-to-sale software is the only option to comply with state or provincial reporting requirements. But in reality, cannabis retailers are better served by a cannabis POS specifically created for retail rather than investing in a full-blown seed-to-sale system, which is primarily-designed for cultivation activities.

In the early days of legalization, when most cannabis organizations were vertically-integrated and operated only from one location, seed-to-sale systems worked well in the primitive ecosystem of the cannabis industry. However, the industry has evolved rapidly since then, especially with the recent accelerated boom in cannabis retail due to it being considered essential during the pandemic. And the truth is that you are certainly better off with a specialized cannabis-specific POS than an all-in-one solution for your retail store in the modern cannabis landscape, one with an expanding list of retail-only businesses and multi-state, multi-location operations that must constantly adapt to the changing needs of an ever-growing clientele.

Why Cannabis Retailers Prefer POS Over Seed to Sale

A seed-to-sale system may meet all agricultural, processing, packaging, and retail needs in one convenient solution, and can still be a viable option for small-scale, vertically-integrated operations that may not have the budget for more than one software subscription. But as government traceability systems have become more streamlined for retail-only licensees, the need for specialized software has grown, and a cannabis-specific point of sale provides much greater value.

Using seed-to-sale software for cannabis retail operations means sacrificing customer experience and critical features such as sales reports and analytics that help you streamline processes and increase revenues. Not only will a cannabis-specific dispensary POS worth its salt help keep your customers happy and return for more, but for vertically-integrated businesses at the enterprise level, it will also integrate seamlessly with your cultivation and processing software.

Of course, if your business is strictly retail, a seed-to-sale system is not only redundant but also not cost-effective. Despite what you may have read or heard, the truth is that seed-to-sale software is NOT necessary to keep you in compliance with traceability and reporting requirements. As long as your cannabis retail POS can manage your cannabis inventory properly and is fully integrated with the government tracking and traceability system for reporting purposes, you don’t need to worry about any compliance issues.

Ultimately, regardless of whether you are a vertically-integrated cannabis business with one or more retail locations or a single site stand-alone retailer, the best dispensary POS system will provide everything you need to deliver a better customer experience, streamline inventory management, and keep your operations in line with regulations, without the added expense of unrequired functionalities.

Shortcomings of Seed to Sale Software for Cannabis Retailers

1. Paying for unnecessary features instead of the ones needed

As a cannabis retailer, subscribing to a seed-to-sale system means unnecessarily paying for features and functions that you simply will never need or use. What is worse is that the system will also lack key features to help you maximize your retail operations. A seed-to-sale software simply cannot match the depth of functionality and level of sophistication of a retail-specific solution. Most cultivation systems lack a full suite of retail tools and features, including:

  • ID scanners for validation of customer age and photo.
  • Ecommerce and delivery functionalities
  • Digital menus and kiosks for enhanced customer experience and education.
  • Employee scheduling and health screening tools
  • Seamless integration with government traceability systems like Metrc to ensure automated compliance.
  • Integration with popular third-party sites like Weedmaps and Leafly and a host of other cannabis technology platforms.

2. Expert-level support & software updates not readily available

If you are a vertically-integrated cannabis company, you will indeed need cultivation and processing software along with your retail platform for your business to flourish. But here again, seed-to-sale exclusive systems fall short in providing expert retail-focused development and support, resulting in delayed resolutions, avoidable system downtime, and lost revenue. Seldom you will find any seed-to-sale support personnel adept at both cultivation and retail software and the nuances involved in operating in each of these sectors. Ensure that you choose a dedicated system for your retail or cultivation business that specializes in the cannabis sector you operate in and is not an all-in-one solution so that you can benefit from their expertise, fast innovation and regular product updates while always staying compliant with the law.

3. The more you scale, the less stable the platform becomes

The truth is that old-school seed-to-sale systems are not reliable and not built for enterprise retail operations. There have been numerous documented system failures and crashes with non-retail software that has cost retailers a significant amount of lost sales. Moreover, such platforms tend to become unstable as your business grows as they are primarily designed for cultivation activities and cannot sustain an enterprise cannabis retail business. A cannabis retail POS puts advanced reporting capabilities in your hands, enabling you to monitor your business operations with metrics that matter to you. An enterprise-proven solution with reliable high-volume performance helps you streamline day-to-day activities and centralize data while delivering a consistent customer retail experience.

See Cova in Action with a Free Demo

Cova’s built-in compliance features include traceability system integrations that provide automated data reporting to state and province tracking systems. Eliminating manual reporting saves time and money while significantly reducing the risk of human error which could potentially lead to compliance infractions. Cova also keeps retailers compliant with automated product equivalency conversions and enforced purchase limits — so your budtenders inadvertently do not sell more than the legal allowance. Additionally, Cova simplifies cannabis inventory management and offers unrivaled dispensary reporting features so you can streamline your operations, maximize efficiencies, and gain deeper insights into your business. If you are ready to see how Cova can take your cannabis retail operations to new heights, book a free demo with us now.

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A Quick Start Guide to Metrc for Marijuana Dispensaries in Oklahoma

As a licensed marijuana dispensary owner in Oklahoma, you probably have questions or concerns about getting started with Metrc, the state’s recently chosen cannabis traceability system. OMMA announced a contract with America’s largest cannabis seed-to-sale tracking company, Metrc in September 2020 and expects that the new system, once implemented, will help protect patients and dispensaries from cannabis that may not meet quality or safety standards.

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As a licensed marijuana dispensary owner in Oklahoma, you probably have questions or concerns about getting started with Metrc, the state’s recently chosen cannabis traceability system. OMMA announced a contract with America’s largest cannabis seed-to-sale tracking company, Metrc in September 2020 and expects that the new system, once implemented, will help protect patients and dispensaries from cannabis that may not meet quality or safety standards.

As per Metrc’s website, it is currently working with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority to implement its system as soon as possible. More information will be made available soon – including system access, training classes, a beginning inventory guide for industry, a lab testing guide, and an Oklahoma-specific supplemental guide. As a Metrc-validated, fully-integrated cannabis retail software provider, Cova has helped hundreds of dispensary owners all over the country successfully integrate with Metrc. We will draw upon our unparalleled experience to help our OK marijuana dispensary clients with all their needs and queries.

To help you better understand what’s required to get you up, running, and compliant as quickly as possible, we’ve put together this quick start guide along with answers to the most common FAQs you may have as an Oklahoma medical dispensary operator.

Oklahoma marijuana dispensary pos and Metrc Quick Start Guide

To get started with Metrc after you’ve submitted your Oklahoma cannabis dispensary license application or if you are already a marijuana dispensary owner, you will need to:

  • Register for and complete the required Metrc account manager training once Metrc starts providing it for Oklahoma dispensaries, and complete the test.
  • Upon completion of the test, a vendor API (Application Programming Interface) key for the sandbox will be generated.
  • Send your API key and license number to your marijuana POS provider.
  • Request a unique identifier tag (UID) from Metrc for any inventory that has not already been tagged by the cultivator or processor.
  • Apply the UID tags to your inventory. UIDs cannot be reused.
  • Log into Metrc to confirm tag assignments and set up all products.
  • Log into your dispensary POS system to receive your newly tagged inventory.

Oklahoma Marijuana Dispensary Metrc FAQs

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive on getting started with Metrc as a cannabis dispensary owner:

1. What is Metrc?

Metrc (Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting Compliance) is a web-based, state-mandated software platform used by 15 states in the US that facilitates real-time tracking and tracing of marijuana plants and products, from seed to sale. This includes the production, testing, distributing, and selling of all marijuana products. Metrc’s cloud-based software requires only an internet connection and computer to access and use it, no additional hardware is required and it integrates seamlessly with a third-party marijuana POS system like Cova.

2. Is it necessary to use Metrc?

Yes, all licensed Oklahoma cannabis dispensary operators will have to start using Metrc to report all cannabis product transactions to the state. A licensee may input sales data directly into Metrc through its user interface but Metrc will provide an API key to customers who wish to use a third-party inventory management POS system. All OK dispensaries will be required to use the UID tracking tags supplied by Metrc.

OMMA will use data inconsistencies in Metrc to detect any diversions from the mandated regulations. If they find any discrepancies, they could conduct an investigation and impose hefty fines. By using a reliable and validated retail POS system that is integrated with Metrc, you will just not save significant time and money in reporting sales and inventory, but also greatly reduce any risks of having regulatory issues.

3. Do I have to go through Metrc training?

Yes! You will not receive your Metrc credentials or be allowed to set up your products in the tracking system until you have completed the required account manager training. Metrc will be publishing more information and a schedule of training events on their website in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, you may also check out videos on Metrc’s YouTube channel.

4. How do I register for the training?

If you are already a marijuana dispensary owner in Oklahoma, you will receive an application number and instructions on how to register for Metrc training and move your inventory to the new tracking system, once OMMA releases a schedule. If you are looking at applying for a new license, you will most likely start working with Metrc from day one.

5. How much will the Metrc tracking system cost?

Metrc charges $40 per month per license reporting fee for access to the Metrc platform and ongoing training, support, and maintenance. While dispensaries can use other software providers that integrate into Metrc, they must pay $40 per month for Metrc’s services.​

6. Who will have access to my dispensary data in Metrc?

Only OMMA and the marijuana dispensary will have access to the information you enter into the tracking system. However, when products are being prepared for transfer to your dispensary, you can see the package information and lab results before receiving inventory from your vendor. The lab results will be entered directly by the testing laboratories and not by the producer, thus providing better assurance of the safety and quality of products before purchase.

7. Will Cova be integrated with Metrc?

Yes, Cova will be fully-integrated with Metrc in Oklahoma, just like other states in the country. It is one of few cannabis-specific dispensary POS companies with two-way integration to the Metrc tracking system. Metrc integration works differently in each state, depending on the local regulations. But Cova will draw upon its experience and expertise from other states to ensure that we adapt quickly and bring you the best and top-notch integration in the cannabis retail industry. Our system will always automatically handle compliance reporting and directly send any adjustments to Metrc, thus helping you maximize operational efficiency and meet all Oklahoma’s tracking and reporting requirements.

See Cova and Metrc up and running soon

With basic integration, you can submit regular reports to Metrc. But a seamlessly-integrated marijuana dispensary POS like Cova automatically sends every transaction to Metrc in real-time and simplifies your operations. This eliminates the redundant step of manually submitting reports and saves you from dealing with potential mistakes. Once Metrc goes live in Oklahoma, we will have more updates for you. In the meantime, book a demo with us to see how Cova can be your best-in-class partner to ease the burden of compliance and streamline dispensary management.

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A Quick Start Guide to Metrc for Marijuana Dispensaries in Oklahoma

As a licensed marijuana dispensary owner in Oklahoma, you probably have questions or concerns about getting started with Metrc, the state’s recently chosen cannabis traceability system. OMMA announced a contract with America’s largest cannabis seed-to-sale tracking company, Metrc in September 2020 and expects that the new system, once implemented, will help protect patients and dispensaries from cannabis that may not meet quality or safety standards.

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As a licensed marijuana dispensary owner in Oklahoma, you probably have questions or concerns about getting started with Metrc, the state’s recently chosen cannabis traceability system. OMMA announced a contract with America’s largest cannabis seed-to-sale tracking company, Metrc in September 2020 and expects that the new system, once implemented, will help protect patients and dispensaries from cannabis that may not meet quality or safety standards.

As per Metrc’s website, it is currently working with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority to implement its system as soon as possible. More information will be made available soon – including system access, training classes, a beginning inventory guide for industry, a lab testing guide, and an Oklahoma-specific supplemental guide. As a Metrc-validated, fully-integrated cannabis retail software provider, Cova has helped hundreds of dispensary owners all over the country successfully integrate with Metrc. We will draw upon our unparalleled experience to help our OK marijuana dispensary clients with all their needs and queries.

To help you better understand what’s required to get you up, running, and compliant as quickly as possible, we’ve put together this quick start guide along with answers to the most common FAQs you may have as an Oklahoma medical dispensary operator.

Oklahoma marijuana dispensary pos and Metrc Quick Start Guide

To get started with Metrc after you’ve submitted your Oklahoma cannabis dispensary license application or if you are already a marijuana dispensary owner, you will need to:

  • Register for and complete the required Metrc account manager training once Metrc starts providing it for Oklahoma dispensaries, and complete the test.
  • Upon completion of the test, a vendor API (Application Programming Interface) key for the sandbox will be generated.
  • Send your API key and license number to your marijuana POS provider.
  • Request a unique identifier tag (UID) from Metrc for any inventory that has not already been tagged by the cultivator or processor.
  • Apply the UID tags to your inventory. UIDs cannot be reused.
  • Log into Metrc to confirm tag assignments and set up all products.
  • Log into your dispensary POS system to receive your newly tagged inventory.

Oklahoma Marijuana Dispensary Metrc FAQs

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive on getting started with Metrc as a cannabis dispensary owner:

1. What is Metrc?

Metrc (Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting Compliance) is a web-based, state-mandated software platform used by 15 states in the US that facilitates real-time tracking and tracing of marijuana plants and products, from seed to sale. This includes the production, testing, distributing, and selling of all marijuana products. Metrc’s cloud-based software requires only an internet connection and computer to access and use it, no additional hardware is required and it integrates seamlessly with a third-party marijuana POS system like Cova.

2. Is it necessary to use Metrc?

Yes, all licensed Oklahoma cannabis dispensary operators will have to start using Metrc to report all cannabis product transactions to the state. A licensee may input sales data directly into Metrc through its user interface but Metrc will provide an API key to customers who wish to use a third-party inventory management POS system. All OK dispensaries will be required to use the UID tracking tags supplied by Metrc.

OMMA will use data inconsistencies in Metrc to detect any diversions from the mandated regulations. If they find any discrepancies, they could conduct an investigation and impose hefty fines. By using a reliable and validated retail POS system that is integrated with Metrc, you will just not save significant time and money in reporting sales and inventory, but also greatly reduce any risks of having regulatory issues.

3. Do I have to go through Metrc training?

Yes! You will not receive your Metrc credentials or be allowed to set up your products in the tracking system until you have completed the required account manager training. Metrc will be publishing more information and a schedule of training events on their website in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, you may also check out videos on Metrc’s YouTube channel.

4. How do I register for the training?

If you are already a marijuana dispensary owner in Oklahoma, you will receive an application number and instructions on how to register for Metrc training and move your inventory to the new tracking system, once OMMA releases a schedule. If you are looking at applying for a new license, you will most likely start working with Metrc from day one.

5. How much will the Metrc tracking system cost?

Metrc charges $40 per month per license reporting fee for access to the Metrc platform and ongoing training, support, and maintenance. While dispensaries can use other software providers that integrate into Metrc, they must pay $40 per month for Metrc’s services.​

6. Who will have access to my dispensary data in Metrc?

Only OMMA and the marijuana dispensary will have access to the information you enter into the tracking system. However, when products are being prepared for transfer to your dispensary, you can see the package information and lab results before receiving inventory from your vendor. The lab results will be entered directly by the testing laboratories and not by the producer, thus providing better assurance of the safety and quality of products before purchase.

7. Will Cova be integrated with Metrc?

Yes, Cova will be fully-integrated with Metrc in Oklahoma, just like other states in the country. It is one of few cannabis-specific dispensary POS companies with two-way integration to the Metrc tracking system. Metrc integration works differently in each state, depending on the local regulations. But Cova will draw upon its experience and expertise from other states to ensure that we adapt quickly and bring you the best and top-notch integration in the cannabis retail industry. Our system will always automatically handle compliance reporting and directly send any adjustments to Metrc, thus helping you maximize operational efficiency and meet all Oklahoma’s tracking and reporting requirements.

See Cova and Metrc up and running soon

With basic integration, you can submit regular reports to Metrc. But a seamlessly-integrated marijuana dispensary POS like Cova automatically sends every transaction to Metrc in real-time and simplifies your operations. This eliminates the redundant step of manually submitting reports and saves you from dealing with potential mistakes. Once Metrc goes live in Oklahoma, we will have more updates for you. In the meantime, book a demo with us to see how Cova can be your best-in-class partner to ease the burden of compliance and streamline dispensary management.

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