8 Stages of Cannabis Cultivation: Packaging


Join us in the 7th step as we follow DANK flower through the 8 stages of Cannabis Cultivation: Packaging. After the independent laboratory results have been received, our cannabis flower is approved for transfer to the packaging department. Early on, DANK developed industry leading standard operating procedures to ensure cannabis is delivered safely and in full compliance, safeguarding the public and the product from seed to sale. This is how we do it, and we’ve consulted with dozens of licensed dispensaries and grow operations across the globe through a consulting subsidiary of DANK. We are proud to have worked with inspirational operations like LeafWell, who overcame odds landing a dispensary license in Santino, Puerto Rico. It seems our friends across the gulf are following a similar path as the DANK Owners as they landed an exclusive deal with Kush Bottles to provide packaging to the industry on the island. Muchas gracias amigos. DANK owners were at the forefront of the child safe packaging (CRP) industry in Colorado when they opened Rocky Mountain Packaging in 2012 and later acquired by Kush Bottles. The packaging of cannabis in CRP sets the regulated industry apart from the “private market” by establishing rules, warnings and packaging requirements. You don’t see any zip lock baggies in Colorado anymore. Good by private market!

Stoner Trivia
How many grams are in a pound of cannabis? Bonus: How many ounces?

After fully dried and cured flower is received in the packaging department, we complete a check-in log to ensure full compliance prior to accepting the transfer. We verify the receipt of the Transfer Manifest, and verify the shipping requirements have been met. This includes rules/warning statements and correct identification of the cannabinoid profile (THC, THCa, CBD, CBN, CBG), ingredients, shipping weight, product name, facility name and license number. Once the delivered flower has been completely reviewed and the requirements of transfer have been met, we accept it in METRC, the seed to sale tracking system. METRC tracks the dried flower through the transfer (and throughout the life cycle) by assigning package tag numbers and radio frequency identification tags (RFID) to the product.  The Transfer Manifest provides detailed information to regulators to eliminate diversion. The manifest identifies the cannabis product being transferred, who it is from, and where it is going. It signifies a transfer to the Store by telling the MED the dispensary has taken custody of the product.

Stoner Trivia (answer)
553.6 grams in a pound, but the industry still uses the private market weight of 448 grams. There are 16 ounces in a pound.

Our first step is to separate the flower from the shake. Anything smaller than ½” is considered small bud and will be ground and wrapped into 1-gram pre-rolled joints. We use the Knockbox by Futurola that enables us to roll 300 joints per hour. Upon completion, the “spliff” is immediately inserted into CRP and affixed with labels.

The flower that was separated from the shake is packaged into CRP of different sizes. We find it most efficient to package into 1-gram, 3.5-grams (eighth), and 14-grams (half ounce). The eighth is the most popular size and is easily divisible into quarters, halves and ounces. It also allows us a popular purchasing method of a “mixed strain ounce.”

Our labeling process has been streamlined for compliance, efficiency and speed at the packaging station. We utilize two labels to comply with State rules. We first affix a logo-branded color-label to the CRP that contains required warnings, ingredients, licenses, and logo. Then we apply harvest specific data with a DYMO Labeler, including strain, cannabinoid profile, harvest batch, and METRC tag.

Finally, our bud is then ready for sale in the dispensary. We deliver farm fresh flowers to our customers, clone to dome. Read the next blog for a description of dispensary sales for a run-down on the last stage of cultivation, seed to sale.