Cali Cannabis Regulators Look to Squash the Debate: How Many Grams are in a Pound of Weed?

It’s that time of the year for outdoor cannabis farmers – Croptober. For most full-sun cultivators, especially those in Northern California, October marks the month that their plants reach ideal maturity and weather begins to take an unpredictable turn toward winter.

Most cannabis chemovars come with an estimated flowering time from the breeder, but as any farmer can tell you, environmental conditions can vary on the same plot of land, let alone from county to county, or state to state. So the seasoned grower has a handful of signs that they look for as their plants begin to burst with buds hoping to time the harvest to coincide with the highest possible quality and yield.

The most surefire way to figure out if the plants are ready to chop is to take a closer look… no, closer…. even closer….. using a magnifying lens, growers can look into the heads of individual trichomes from all different locations on a plant. The appearance of those trichs will evolve from clear, to a milky white, to an amber color over the course of the life of the plant and crop.

Harvesting your plants when the trichs are still clear is a rookie mistake and will lead to subpar smoke. Sometimes hash makers will harvest early for those clear trichs in order to create a lighter color hash which some custies find more desirable. Waiting until they start to milk up a bit will give a more “uplifting” effect and waiting for amber trichs will produce a more sedative effect.

Reaching the end of a successful harvest is a huge relief for outdoor cannabis farmers. Unlike their greenhouse and indoor counterparts, they only get one harvest each year and it needs to not only keep their pipe full until next October, but for many it needs to pay the bills for the year as well. Anything from bugs, to birds, to weather, to thieves, to cops, to crazy neighbors can threaten the well-being of a cannabis crop.

For the outdoor growers in California’s Emerald Triangle, 2019 marks the first year that many of them will have to enter their harvest results into the state’s convoluted digital seed to sale track and trace program, METRC. This faulty software is a bane on the existence of generational farmers who would rather have their hands in the soil than on a keyboard, and this year will revive an age old debate in the cannabis community …


It should be easy, right?

3.5 grams in a 8th

Eight 8ths in an ounce

Sixteen ounces in a pound

Anyone got a calculator watch?

By that math, one pound of weed equals 448 grams

But if you ask Google how many grams are in a pound, you get a very different answer – 453.592 grams

Damn! Has someone been pinching close to a quad from you on every elbow?

This is the great debate.

In my experience, if you live in SoCal and you deal with indoor growers and retail dispensaries or street dealers, you probably fall back on the 448g pound of weed. If, on the other hand, you hail from NorCal and deal more with mom & pop growers and moving weight, you use the “Mountain Pound”, or the true 454g pound.

As for Cali state regulators, they took the air out of the debate before it could even kick off this year, requiring growers of all mediums to log all package tags into METRC according to the cultivation tax assessment which is, by law, always based on ounces. With that, the 448g pound will be what makes the Cali weed market go ‘round.

Does that put an end to this decades-long debate?

Depends, bro… how much ya lookin’ for? ;)

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