One of the first things I noticed when I started working in the cannabis industry is that the laws that governed the industry seemed to be in a constant state of flux. As it is a completely new industry that still does not have federal approval, this can be understood. These changes often go unnoticed; however, they can have a large effect on the day-to-day operations of a store and the consumer. For example, as of June 7th, producers and processors are no longer required by law to include a harvest date (amongst other things) on their packaging. This may seem like a small change; however, it will greatly affect the way you buy cannabis. Experienced cannabis consumers know that when it comes to the quality and effect of the product, timing is very important. For example, as flower ages and degrades, THCa turns into CBN. CBN is a cannabinoid that makes you feel tired. This means that even if you purchase an energetic Sativa, if the product is old and degraded, it will give you the opposite effect you want. And what about the terpenes! Has the plant been cured and properly stored so it does not dry out? Dried-out cannabis without terpenes is an anxiety attack waiting to happen. Entourage Effect anyone? Combine this with the fact that you are not allowed to open a container and smell the product before you purchase (the best way to determine if terpenes are present), and the consumer is at an extreme disadvantage when it comes to finding the right product.
There is no way to be sure why these laws changed. If I were to put on my conspiracy theory hat, I would guess that there are corporations with large pockets, and no understanding of cannabis, using their influence to make it easier to make a profit at the expense of the consumer. Whatever the reason, you can be confident that the staff at CBC has your back! It may no longer be mandatory for producers to put their harvest date on the package, but you can feel confident knowing that we have asked all of our producers to continue to provide that information for you (and ourselves). We know its value! At the end of the day, CBC prides itself on cannabis knowledge and customer service, and we intend to make every effort to continue to be excellent at both!