Grupo Flor Launches New Innovative Product and other Industry News

Is your Vape Cartridge Safe?
Branded cartridges from major industry leaders are particularly coveted for the assumed assurance that they contain a premium concentrate free of contaminants like pesticides, cutting agents, and heavy metals. But what if the cartridges are fakes?
That is a real possibility, as there is a booming wholesale market for empty counterfeit cartridges produced in Shenzhen, China – the very same place where many legitimate cannabis companies source their hardware.
“ Many vape brands are currently testing for Phase 3 and failing. Results are showing heavy metals, with lead being the most common problem,” said Paul Henderson, CEO of Grupo Flor. “The industry is looking for solutions to make sure that this problem isn’t a major disruption in available product.”
Our tempered glass with no glue or resin in our Smoke Stacks Vape allows for pure vapor output without breathing in any hazardous by-products, and the metal we use is Tier 1 medical grade, gold plated alloy.

The LITLZ Flower that Could
Many, if not most cannabis flower consumers are connoisseurs who focus on the smell, size, and shape of larger buds in evaluating quality. In the cannabis world, generally speaking, bigger is better. Grupo Flor’s flower brand LITLZ, however, turns that mantra on its head – creating value in the smaller cannabis buds.
The bigger buds favored by consumers are comprised of little buds clustered together. These little buds are commonly referred to in the industry as “littles” or “smalls.” Smalls are frequently the by-product of the trimming process and typically are used to create pre-rolls or are processed into oil. Simply put, smaller buds are considered a production “by-product.”
In creating LITLZ, Grupo Flor’s Chief Branding Officer and Co-Founder, Gavin Kogan, re-conceptualized how to create an entire product line from these smaller buds. Since “littles” are the same quality as the larger buds and are exactly what consumers pluck off of a larger bud for use in joints or smoking devices – Kogan figured, “This is an opportunity to market these little guys directly.”
What’s exciting about the brand is it re-contextualizes cannabis value and offers high-quality buds at a fraction of the price of their larger counterparts. However, there are challenges, as Kogan points out. “This makes instant sense to industry people,” says Kogan, “they get it right away, but it’s the end consumers that are more challenging. I guess for us, that’s the fun of it – figuring out a compelling way to tell the LITLZ story.”
Consumers can find LITLZ in dispensaries throughout the state and locally at our retail location, East of Eden Cannabis Co.

Lawmakers Reach Farm Bill Deal, Hemp Legalization Incoming
Lawmakers in federal Farm Bill negotiations just announced they have reached an “agreement in principle” that would break a months-long standoff over commodity policy and food stamps disagreements.
The bill’s hemp language, which was inserted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), is reportedly intact after Sen. McConnell personally followed up with the Farm Bill conference committee to ensure it was included. The hemp provisions will reclassify the plant as an agricultural commodity, removing it from the list of federally controlled substances and allowing farmers to pursue crop insurance for their industrial hemp .
The Farm Bill negotiations were not at all related to the hemp provisions it contained but rather to a request by President Trump that lawmakers include provisions expanding work requirements for people who receive federal food stamps. Supporters have nonetheless waited impatiently for news that the $867 billion spending bill would pass without having its hemp legalization language stripped away.
The bill requires a few more minor details to be hashed out. It will be made publicly available sometime next week before full floor votes in the House and Senate, after which the bill will go to the president’s desk for his signature.

Big Win For the California Cannabis Industry – White labeling is permitted
Another significant win for the marijuana industry is that contract manufacturing, also known as white labeling, may be allowed.
Contract manufacturing allows a licensed maker of edibles or concentrates to produce and package products on behalf of an unlicensed business, such as a celebrity brand or out-of-state company. However, the process can be tricky to navigate.
The BCC removed previous examples from the regulations on what was prohibited to avoid confusion. Now it appears that such licensing agreements will be allowed, provided that the unlicensed brands aren’t calling the shots for license-holding California manufacturers.
What would be allowed is for unlicensed brands to contract out their intellectual property to licensed firms, as long as they’re not directly involved in production or other day-to-day logistics.
“Grupo Flor is cautiously optimistic that White Labeling will be permitted as the industry is ripe for strategic partnerships. The BCC still has the authority to closely review licensing agreements with unlicensed parties, ” said Paul Henderson of Grupo Flor.

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