Wed | Apr 26, 2017

Scarce Commodity launches standards

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Scarce Commodity in association with the Ganja Growers and Producers of Jamaica (GGPJ) presents Scarce Fest and the relaunch of the association at the Jamaica Conference Centre tomorrow, commencing at 9 a.m. sharp. At this time, Scarce Commodity will launch its third party Quality Assurance and Quality Control certification programme for the cultivation, inputs, post-harvesting, manufacturing, labelling, packaging, distribution and dispensing of cannabis, necessary to legitimise the Caribbean Cannabis Economy (CCE). As such, Scarce Commodity collaborates with key partners, including local stakeholders such as Cannabis Licensing Authority, (CLA), GGPJ, Scientific Research Council, Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Bureau of Standards Jamaica, all farmers group, Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force Community Safety and Security branch, as well as international stakeholders such as regional governments and regional farmer groups.

Scarce Commodity is dedicated to providing thorough on-site inspection, audits and lab testing of cannabis farms, labs, labels, packages, modes of transportation and dispensation. This is to ensure that participants in the CCE employ Best Management Practices (BMPs) to grow, process, produce, package, label, distribute and dispense cannabis and its by-products within the constraints of municipal, national and environmental regulations. Scarce Commodity will continue to market the Caribbean's cannabis industry and provide mandatory technical support to all affiliated stakeholders in the industry locally, regionally and internationally.

Scarce Commodity's mission is to constantly add value to, and increase the transparency of cannabis cultivation, post-harvest, processing, manufacturing, labelling, distribution and dispensing processes locally, regionally and internationally. The strategic plan is designed to increase the value of the CCE and empower all affiliated stakeholders.

Scarce Commodity conducts economic impact assessment of cannabis-related activities to fully track the value of the local and regional industries to the Global Cannabis Economy (GCE). This will allow all Caribbean cannabis industries to increase market share in trading of the commodity in timing of the global index.

Scarce Commodity thereafter has established standards to certify those who meet our regulatory protocol, as stipulated below, to benefit holistically from the CCE. These are in Scarce Colour Code, as follows:

Scarce commodity THC Green standard

This certifies that your tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis cultivation, inputs, post-harvesting, manufacturing, labelling, packaging, distribution, dispensing protocol is in compliance with municipal, national, environmental and land use regulations. This level of certification requires two on-site inspections and laboratory analysis per crop cycle, one upon application acceptance and the other post-harvest and post-processing. Inspectors will conduct a thorough audit and collect samples at both inspections and they will be tested for pesticide, fungicide, herbicide and acaricide residues.

Farmers certified under this scope will be allowed to use the Green Scarce Commodity logo on signage at their farm, on documentation, on cannabis products and dispensary location/s if, and only if, the products are in keeping with the CLA, Bureau of Standards and non-toxic residual levels are detected on your final product to reflect that they comply with Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) and farming practices.

Scarce Commodity CBD Pink standard

This certifies that your Cannabidiol cannabis cultivation, inputs, post-harvesting, manufacturing, labelling, packaging, distribution, dispensing protocol is in compliance with municipal, national, environmental and land use regulations and follows similar protocol and requirements to that of the green standard. Farmers certified under this scope will be allowed to use the Pink Scarce Commodity logo on signage at their farm, on documentation, on cannabis products and dispensary location/s if, and only if, the products are in keeping with the CLA, Bureau of Standards and non-toxic residual levels are detected on your final product to reflect that they comply with SOPs and farming practices.

Scarce Commodity Organic Blue standard

Our second highest level of certification: This certifies that your cannabis uses only organic farming practices and organic inputs in processes. This standard exceeds that of the Green and Pink labels and is also in accordance with national and global organic standards. Our seal of approval certifies that your operational processes, products and/or dispensaries are in compliance with municipal and national, environmental regulations and that organic management practices are being used, including regenerative land stewardship.

Farmers certified under this scope will be allowed to use the Blue Scarce Commodity logo on signage at their farm, on documentation, on cannabis products and dispensary location/s if, and only if, the products are in keeping with the CLA, Bureau of Standards and non-toxic residual levels are detected on your final product to reflect that they comply with SOPs and farming practices.

Scarce Commodity Ital Gold standard

Our highest level of certification: This certifies that your cannabis is grown using Ital (no inputs or applications from synthetic and/or animal excrements during the cropping cycle) farming practices and inputs in processes which exceeds that of the Green, Pink and Blue labels, and also that of the national and global organic standards. The Gold Scarce Commodity logo indicates your operational processes, products and/or dispensaries display exemplary compliance with municipal and national, environmental regulations and that ital management practices are being incorporated with the local organic standards including regenerative land stewardship.

Farmers certified under this scope will be allowed to use the Gold Scarce Commodity logo on signage at their farm, on documentation, on cannabis products and dispensary location/s if, and only if, the products are in keeping with the CLA, Bureau of Standards and non-toxic residual levels are detected on your final product to reflect that they comply with SOPs and farming practices.

- Scarce Commodity welcomes feedback from relevant stakeholders to improve these standards, please do not hesitate to contact us at scarcecommodityja