A new breeding line, selected from the greenhouse May 2017 for uniformity, cannabinoid content, aroma, and flower quality.
December is a relatively quiet time for us and a good time to reflect on the state of the industry and our goals. There are a lot of good people out there in the industry doing good work in the face of strong headwinds. Problems like...
- Pollen from 'hemp' crops threatening production (see last post).
- Banking and tax restrictions that make business difficult at best, unsustainable at worst.
- The dire need for research into pest control, post-harvest handling and the health and social impacts of cannabis use.
- The impact of the 'green rush' on a very limited market - there are over 800 licensed producers in Oregon today, and more applications waiting. I believe there is a real risk of an disastrous overproduction that is going to make the business difficult or impossible for many growers.
- An unstable federal situation that puts the whole industry on edge, and possibly at risk.
I spend more time than I should worrying about all of these issues (and many others). The only relief I've found is in trust (that is to say, faith in action). Horticulture and plant breeding has taught me a lot about trust. Every time I put a seed in the soil I must have trust that it will grow. Every time I put a plant outside is an act of trust in the seasons. Every selection I make is an act of trust informed by analysis. We interact with our business partners with trust, and hope they will do the same. Without trust, I would be not be able to act. And without action, I am not going anywhere...
Many of us in the industry are 'all in' to create a healthy and well regulated industry - one that provides good jobs and tax dollars for education, produces a quality, clean product and keeps money out of the hands of criminal organizations. For us, there is no choice but to trust, and know that even if it does not work out, there is value in having taken the high road.
Wishing a a happy and prosperous 2018 to all!