Buddha Barn lab tests all flowers to ensure the finest and safest quality.

BUDDHA BARN MEDICINAL SOCIETY – PRODUCT TESTING POLICY (September 2017)

BUDDHA BARN MEDICINAL SOCIETY – *UPDATED*  PRODUCT TESTING POLICY

BACKGROUND

  • Buddha Barn has received a Business License from the City of Vancouver to operate as a cannabis dispensary.
  • Buddha Barn has earned a reputation as a sector innovator since being established in 2013.  We were among the first to integrate on-site health services, pay all sales taxes and incorporate lab testing of products.
  • Buddha Barn started lab testing its cannabis products in 2016 in collaboration with two federally accredited laboratories based in BC.
  • Health Canada started conducting random testing of medical cannabis products from their network of licensed producers in 2017 to ensure only authorized pest control products are used during the production of medical cannabis.
  • The Cannabis Canada Association – which represents most federally licensed marijuana producers – announced plan in March 2017 to implement new safety standards that require producers to limit pesticide use to a limited number of registered products and disclosure test results to consumers.
  • The Canadian Association of Medical Dispensaries (CAMCD) announced plans in March 2017 to establish a new product testing system for all members that spring.  As of September 2017, this has not materialized.  Buddha Barn is a member of CAMCD.
  • Product testing, labeling and the regulation of edible products will be key elements of Canada’s plan to legalize marijuana over the coming year.

    POLICY
    The health and well being of our members is Buddha Barn’s top priority.  To ensure product quality, Buddha Barn will:

  • Instruct all affiliated producers to comply with Health Canada and Cannabis Canada Association standards and limit pesticide use to registered products
  • Stock cannabis that has been tested by a federal regulated laboratory for moulds and pesticides
  • Apply a label for all products that confirm testing has occurred
  • Cover the cost of all lab testing until cannabis is finally legalized July 1, 2018
  • Make lab test results available to Members upon request
  • Conduct random testing program for fentanyl in response to concerns from Members
  • Improve and update our policy to align with emerging national standards
  • Encourage other cannabis dispensaries to establish similar lab testing programs
  • Be an active participant on behalf of our Members in the development of plans to regulate marijuana sales in British Columbia over the coming year, particularly related to:
  • Consumer protection
  • Legalization of cannabis derivatives/edibles
  • Ensuring small-scale producers and vendors have an opportunity to participate in the new marketplace
  • Continued research and lab testing
  • Developing and improving municipal by-laws

Our submission to the government on legalizing cannabis.

A Few Of Our Suppliers and Their Stories

Magi Gardens

Dale took the call, listened intently for a minute, said “no problem” and hung up. The famous pop icon would be in Toronto later in the week and needed her medicine.

Neither partner was surprised by the call.

Having backgrounds in bio-chemistry and organic farming, Dale and his partners have been operating a craft cottage cannabis business for 25-years from the Gulf Islands. Calling their company Magi Gardens, their extensive experience in growing cannabis, perfectionist attention to detail, commitment to excellent organics and refined protocols have all contributed to making them, arguably, growers of the finest product in the land. As well, they practice a social capital unheard of in the cannabis industry.

“We are a very detail oriented kind of operation. We have people looking over every bud, trimming and checking for mould or hermaphroditic action. We learned from Himalayan rice farmers to winnow our product so that we get a better flavour and avoid some of the undesirable by-products. It’s full-time, full-content, but we are a slow motion company,” says Dale. “We can spend several years just developing one strain.”

Magi Gardens has a full-time farmer who insists on living with his crops and they employ single mothers for the trim work (to trim the flowers). Everyone gets benefits and profit shares. They have an holistic care about the plants because they know it is going into peoples’ bodies.

Dale explains, “When you are growing anything organic, it is taking metals out of the earth. All heavy metals gather at the root ball. If you don’t do something, all those heavy metals affect plant flavour and add to the toxicity. We flush and wash every plant, remove the plant with its root ball, turn it upside down for 8-days and let all the goodness go into the bud.”

The main thrust and focus of Magi Gardens’ business is providing an organic resource for cancer patients needing medical marijuana. “The Phoenix Tears, concentrates and oils on the market – if they are not completely organic – you’re better off not to use it.”

“There is no question that CBD’s in grapeseed or Phoenix Tears are effective cancer treatments,” asserts Dale. He has personally seen evidence of this and CBD’s success in remarkable cancer recoveries. So committed to cancer patients is Magi Gardens that they produce their Phoenix Tears and sell them to dispensaries at cost. They insist the dispensary not gouge their customers and Dale monitors the retail price.

“We are very committed to this because we know lots of sick people and we serve small communities.”

Long may you run, Magi Gardens…

Leash Glass

Leash Glass

I always knew I would turn out to be some kind of artist, but no medium ever grasped my attention until I started manipulating glass in 2006. The very first time I put a rod of glass in the flame, a calm washed over me and I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Being a self-taught lamp-worker, I wanted to create my own style instead of learning someone else’s, so decided to take the hard route. Things took a little longer to figure out alone, but always with great excitement and fun!

In 2012, glassblowing became my full-time focus, going from owning a glass gallery in Vancouver to travelling to festivals with a mobile studio to now residing on the Sunshine Coast busting out pipes and marbles and creatures made from borosilicate/my imagination. Every day I get excited to see what I end up creating and to watch myself refine my skills to get better at this incredible, unlimited art. All of my success at blowing glass is because of the support from people like you who buy my work, so thank you and keep supporting local glass!

All of my success at blowing glass because of the support from people like you who buy my work, so thank you and keep supporting local glass!

Advice you can trust.