ASA-NC hosts seminar on protecting Marijuana crop post-harvest |

ASA-NC hosts seminar on protecting Marijuana crop post-harvest

Americans for Safe Access Nevada County has scheduled attorney Jeff Lake for a seminar Wednesday at the North San Juan Senior Center. The seminar will run from 3-6:30 p.m. and will allow ample time for questions and answers following the presentation. The topic will be “Protecting your Crop Post Harvest,” in response to numerous phone calls and emails from concerned cultivators of medical marijuana.

“There seems to be a lot of confusion about guidelines once plants are harvested,” said Patricia Smith, chairwoman of the local ASA chapter. “We thought it would be a good idea to bring in Jeff to advise our members of their rights and responsibilities.”

Lake will review protocols for drying, curing, storing, transporting and distributing medicine throughout the year. Information on lab testing will be distributed to encourage members to incorporate this important practice into their regimen.

“ASA-NC strongly encourages our members to have all of their medicine tested for quality control,” Smith said. “It is vitally important for patients to know with certainty that the medicine they ingest is free of contaminants and that they are accurately labeled with the potency and cannabinoid content of each strain.”

Lake will also discuss whether the recent guidelines issued by the Department of Justice to regulate marijuana will affect California residents.

In a memo from Assistant U.S. Attorney James Cole, the DOJ issued eight provisions that they want to see in any legislation passed by individual states to regulate marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes.

The provisions outlined by the DOJ would restrict sales to minors, transporting marijuana to states that have not passed marijuana legislation, using guns or violence to protect a crop, drugged driving, growing on public land, involvement with cartels or gangs, trafficking in other illegal drugs and possessing or using marijuana on federal property.

The suggested donation for the seminar is $20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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