3 Tips to Stay Compliant in the Wild World of Regulations
1. Tag as soon as you receive your plants
2. Weigh as you harvest
In order to comply with the state regulations, every plant must weighed and its weight must be recorded individually. Some of our customers in the past have found this method taxing and longwinded. While they may be right, cutting down 30 plants, weighing them all as a bale, and averaging out the weight to each plant is a sure fire way to get yourself flagged for inspection. One of our previous associates who used this method (against our advice) was then subjugated to an inspection. The inspector looked at their average weight, asked them to grab a selection of plants from their drying room, and asked for each plant to be weighed. For each plant over the reported average, a check was made for an underreported plant to the government. For each plant under the reported average, an inquiry about a theft was made.
To avoid this and to make the recoding process easier, we suggest that you set up a weigh station outside of your drying room. With this in place, your plants can be weighed as they enter the room to record the wet weight, and as they exit the room to record the dry weight. To make the process even easier, the use of an integrated scale can eliminate the chance of any manual data entry error, just weigh the plant, and the values are automatically transmitted to our system. Just recently we’ve seen one of our customers innovate around one of our integrated scales, building a rolling frame around a hanging hook scale to individually weigh plants as they are chopped down! These values are then sent to our system, and the plants can be stored immediately into the drying room with no further process.