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Disinfection of Cannabis Packaging Maybe Necessary to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rules have been enforced on cannabis businesses, where they are offering delivery and curbside pickup to keep their customers safe. However, questions arise regarding the safety of the handling of the package and if cannabis consumers should opt for the disinfection of the plastic packaging and bud jars.

The answer is yes, and here’s why.

Any sick staff member at cannabis stores and dispensaries is ordered to stay at home in quarantine, for safety purposes. However, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is asymptomatic and employees may not show any signs or symptoms but may still be the carrier of the virus. Moreover, the employee may feel fine but might be spreading the virus by their breath and hands into the surrounding environment.

Although disposable gloves are worn by most dispensary staff members, it is not the same case with masks. Hence, the transfer of droplets of the virus by a staff member, onto their own gloved hands, seems very possible. Consequently, it may further be transferred onto a tin of THC mints or anything else that they may be putting in your delivery bag.

How many days does the virus last on a surface?

According to a study published last month, by The New England Journal of Medicine, the SARS-CoV-2 virus was tested on several different surfaces. While the virus seemed to linger on cardboard and metal for up to 24 hours, it lasted on plastic for one to two days, according to researchers. Hence although possible, it could be very unlikely to contact COVID-19 particles on any sort of packaging.

However, wiping the packaging with a strong disinfectant, or letting the package sit for a day or two in your car or closet, could potentially eliminate any possible chances of transfer as well as alleviate your anxiety. A safe way would be to clean every packaging with a disinfectant wipe as soon as you pull out of the pickup line (if picked up curbside) or as soon as you close the door (if ordered online).

Which cleaning products are strong enough?

A list of 357 disinfectants is being maintained by the EPA, which is approved for use against COVID-19. Using common household spray products can prove to be sufficient such as –

  • Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Lysol Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Clorox 4-in-1 Disinfecting Spray
  • Clorox Scentiva Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Formula 409 Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Seventh Generation Disinfecting Spray

Or packaged wipes such as –

  • Wet Ones Antibacterial Face and Hand Wipes
  • Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Home remedies

Bleach solution – Mixing 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water will provide you with a homemade disinfecting solution. However, a few authorities have advised using a stronger solution – up to 1/3 cup bleach per quart of water. However, do not use undiluted bleach directly. Even a cautionary warning is given by the Clorox company that it should not be applied to anything with full strength.

Isopropyl alcohol – Another potent COVID-19 killer is rubbing alcohol. However, unlike bleach, it is required to be highly concentrated. Only a solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol (or higher) is reported to kill the coronavirus. Additionally, Vodka is not rubbing alcohol and is not strong enough to be used as a disinfectant either.

Hydrogen peroxide – Similar to rubbing alcohol, it is required to be used as-is and should not undergo dilution.

Additionally, mixing of different kinds of disinfectants or cleaning solutions is not recommended, and is instead warned against, due to the emission of potentially toxic gases. Mixing bleach with ammonia will release toxic gases called chloramines, which could cause coughing, nausea, chest pain, pneumonia, and fluid in the lungs.

Masters in Biotechnology, the author loves to write about health and fitness in her spare time.

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Who owns the Suspicious Marijuana Farm Near Middleton Home?

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The Police discovered a Marijuana Farm near Kate Middleton’s family home in Buckleberry in Berkshire. A power outage led to the discovery of the illegal farming of marijuana right next to Middleton’s 18 acrea estate, on Thursday.

The Middleton Estate

Kate Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, own a £4.7 million Grade II Manor house in Buckleberry in Berkshire. The purchased this property back in 2012 after moving from their £1.5 million house in the same village of Berkshire. The 18-acre estate consists of 7 bedrooms and 5 reception rooms. Carole and Michael moved here due to the better privacy and security this house offered.

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The Middleton Family House holds great importance for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess have spent a lot of fun moments at ‘The Manor’. All the sweet memories make The Manor a strong fort to hold.

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Discovery of the Marijuana Farm

Upon calling, people from the electricity board came to solve the electricity power situation. The workers from the electricity board discovered the Marijuana Farm on the Wednesday night. They immediately brought this to the attention of the police. The police raided the area on Thursday and found an empty Cannabis factory.

 Also read: House Fire exposes illegal marijuana operation

A witness reported that about 6 vans collected the content inside the potential cannabis factory. The police has taken all the evidence for further investigation. The Police is investigating this case under the top priority badge. They have found some evidence that the empty and abandoned factory was previously being used as a safe space to make drugs from cannabis.

Until now, no arrests have been made and people are clueless about the owner of the factory. The police has asked the public to contact police if they have any information regarding the suspicious factory hidden in the barns. The investigating officer told the media that they are still carrying out an investigation. They are confident that they will soon get to the bottom of this matter.

Also read: WHO – New Study Suggests Face Mask Could Reduces the Risk of COVID-19 by 85%

Baseless Rumors

As suspicious as it might sound, there is no confirmation to it. Kate Middleton is the Queen of Grace and her family is an epitome of class. The rumors about the Cannabis Factory being owned by the Middletons are circulating however, it seems nothing but a rumor. Royal family has always been subjected to such fake news every now and then. Previously rumors about Kate’s fourth pregnancy were also in the air and Kate having marital issues with Prince William also surfaced.

While the Police and CID are working hand in hand to solve the mystery of the Cannabis factory and marijuana farm right next to the Middleton Family House, people are looking forward to get their hands on the latest gossip.

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COVID-19 – Florida Medical Cannabis Industry Sees Significant Sales Spike

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Despite the global pandemic and its consequences, the medical cannabis industry of Florida continues to flourish. Moreover, sales have increased in comparison to sales before the outbreak. Medical cannabis has gained popularity with a consistent increase in demand. Consequently, this gives an appropriate example regarding the stability of the cannabis interest despite the times of an economic crisis.

Weekly sales of medical cannabis in Florida

The first 2 months of 2020 were somewhat a state of normalcy. This was the time when the outbreak was under control. Hence, no government was forced to take drastic measures such as global lockdown, economic shutdown, etc. During the time, the sales in the dispensaries in Florida were on an average of 22,800 ounces of smokable MMJ weekly.

While these sales were during the first 10 weeks, the next week of March 13 recorded higher sales. There was a trade of 36,400 ounces during the week of March 13. That resulted in a rise of 38% in sales compared to the last week. This was the week when COVID-19 became a global concern and many countries began to issue stay at home orders.

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Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use

Florida’s program records the sales figures generated starting from Friday and ending the following Thursday, to create a weekly sales report. However, the week of April 17 was another essential week to record sales. During that week, the Florida program recorded that sales in Florida resulted in a combined 39,290 ounces of the flower.

The sales during that week could be understandable due to the 2 sales boosters that aligned. The first was the initial round of the COVID-19 relief fund. During this time, the stimulus checks happened to be the primary issue that Americans’ bank accounts dealt with. The second was the cannabis holiday, 4/20, which is unofficial due to the current laws.

The statistics

The market’s experience of a rise in sales on a weekly basis was not infamous. However, there was a record of consistently higher sales during this pandemic in comparison to the time before. Moreover, the rise in consumption led to this consistent period of the rise in demand. Both existing, and new patients, led to the rise in consumption.

The data available regarding the sales made in the first 10 weeks of 2020, led to the generation of an average figure. It was determined that the average medical cannabis patient obtained the average amount of 2 grams of the flower, weekly.

There was a rise in the figures during the past month in total, or the 4 weekly reports, from May 1 to May 28. The average medical cannabis patient, on average purchased 2.9 grams. This resulted in a rise of 43%.

Legal actions taken by the government

Furthermore, due to tot the global lockdown and economic crisis, there was a delay in many legal processes. However, the government recently granted permission to the medical cannabis patients for the renewal of their registrations. There were restrictions regarding the renewal which still banned in-person communication but encouraged teleconference for the renewal. However, Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use did not reportedly take any substantive actions for the strengthening of the industry during a crisis as such.

The state included medical cannabis dispensaries in the list of essential businesses. The Florida government released the list early in the pandemic, in March and included the unaffected companies and businesses during the lockdown. Hence, Florida’s medical cannabis retailers continued the delivery of their cannabis products to patients.

There are different concerns that come along. The question that arises, however, is if this rise in both Florida’s medical cannabis market, and the cannabis industry generally, will be consistent or not. he cannabis industry hopes for the restoration of the economy before their added, shifting coronavirus unemployment advantages cease.

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House fire exposes illegal Marijuana operation

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A recent house fire incident in the Colonie town exposed an illegal Marijuana ring. On Thursday, a passerby saw flames in a house and immediately called the firefighters. While trying to control the fire, the workers accidentally stumbled upon, approximately, 40 Marijuana plants.
 
It is no secret that Marijuana is grown illegally in the United States. However, despite numerous laws against the act, it is considerably difficult to identify the source. According to Marijuana Business Daily, the sales of the drug have consistently been on the rise. Researchers have estimated that the sales would reach around $25 billion by 2023.
 
Statistics have shown that around 12 million Americans smoke pot on regular basis. Majority of the smokers get their supply from a drug dealer. However, despite many efforts by the government, they are not very easy to catch.

The incident

Fate was not in favor of a local drug dealer in the Colonie town – when police caught him in possession of Marijuana. In attempts of extinguishing a fire in the house, the fire fighters found an illegal pot ring. The growth operation had been in place for quite some time, evident from the growth of the plants. Police found over 40, fully grown Marijuana plants in the house.
 
The incident occurred at 8 in the morning. A passerby complained of a fire on 2895 Curry road. Once the firefighters were inside, they found the illegal Marijuana growth operation. The workers reported the incident to the local police.
 
After getting a warrant from a judge, the police barged into the house for a proper search. According to reports, they retrieved 162 pounds of Marijuana. They also found enough evidence to implicate the house owner for the illegal business he had been running.
 
Jason R. Teagle, a 42 years old male, was the master mind behind the operation. He had been a supplier of weed for quite some time and was running a successful pot ring. The police arrested him the same day and transferred him to the local police station.
 
According to the fire fighters’ reports, an electrical issue caused the fire. Highly likely to be a short circuit, the equipment used in the Marijuana growing chamber caused the issue. The fire also managed to burn some of the plants to crisp.

Verdict

Police took Teagle in custody on Tuesday night and faced a charge of “one-degree criminal possession of marijuana”. The judge assigned him a mandatory defendant. Since, it was his first criminal offence, the criminal charging document was read before the two. This was to make sure he was uptodate with his rights and the implications of the crime. The officers in charge released Teagle but he has to return to the court at a later time.
 
Police siezed all 162 pounds of Marijuana and put it in the evidence locker. They would also keep Teagle under a close eye, to prevent any such incident in the future. Police retreived the processed weed from the growth chamber and shifted to the police station as well.
 
The government has legalized Marijuana in several different states, including Illinois, California and Colorado. However, its recreational usage is still not allowed in New York. Hence, leading to a criminal charge against Teagle. In the case that it was legal, the course of action might have been different.
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