The cannabis industry is relatively new, and standards are ever changing. When developing strategies to standardize and improve the cannabis growing and production process, there are many trade-offs that need to be considered. The risks due to microbial contamination are arguably the most important as they can cause an entire crop to be destroyed or downgraded. We review the overall quality control process, the key economic trade-offs and the cost to quality (or non-quality). While minimum standards exist in Canada, each decision must be made considering a risk-based business model.
1. The main focus will be on the actual steps of the post harvest process with the key monitoring points that impact flower quality.
2. The secondary takeaway would be the economic impact of some of the ranges for monitoring points.