Guest Author: Max Montrose from The Trichome Institute
So this guy goes to see his source in the basement of a place in suburban Oklahoma…
“Yo, man, can you fix me up with an elbow (pound)?”
“Cool. Let me break out the digi (scale).”
The dealer begins pouring heaps of gooey dankness into a plastic popcorn bowl until the digi gives him the number he’s looking for, allowing for the weight of the container (the tare). He looks up at his buyer and says, “Okay man, four-four-eight on the dot.” He’s referring to the pound being weighed, calling it 448 grams. That’s the good ol’ industry standard pound, right?
Or is it?
Well, it’s true that a rounded-down ounce is 28 grams, and there are 16 ounces to a pound, so… 28 grams times 16 ounces equals a pound of exactly 448 grams, and more often than not in this business, both parties would have agreed that 448 grams equals a pound and there’s no problem. That’s been the standard in the cannabis business for years, but the metric system that includes grams and kilos defines the conversion rate rather more precisely. The undeniable fact is a pound of anything, whether it’s sugar, gold or weed, actually weighs that 453.5 something grams! It’s true, look it up.
Now that the legal cannabis industry is growing up and maturing, it is time we start getting the weight of a pound correct. I asked the Guru of Ganja regulation, Andrew Livingston, policy analyst for Vicente Sederberg LLC, to “weigh in” on this. I asked Andrew if the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) has an official rule on this weight issue. Livingston said, “The MED uses the standard weight and measure included in the Department of Agriculture regulations, which certifies scales. Regulations for all weights and measures of consumer packages come from the Department of Agriculture (DOA). These regulations state that when the US standard system is used, a declaration of weight shall be in terms of the “avoirdupois pound or ounce. (8 CCR 1202-1:5) That hilariously strange word means a pound is equal to 453.592 grams.”
So now in Colorado if you want to be technical, or more important, legally compliant, 453.592 grams is the official weight of a standard pound of weed. Now who wants to call their old dealer and demand your 5 gram difference back over the past how many years!?!? Good luck with that!
More About Max
Max Montrose is the cannabis industry’s authoritative voice and a key educational advisor to the government, business, and public sectors for cannabis-related projects. Max specializes in cannabis safety, education, and awareness. He works with lawyers, doctors, and scientists in the cannabis industry to understand, discover, and educate people about the truths and complexities of the cannabis plant. Max is the co-founder of a new cannabis education company, The Trichome Institute, which specializes in providing a certifiable cannabis curriculum for professionals and fun cannabis educational tools for recreational users. Max is also developing a line of products to help people understand the process of Interpening™ and he is helping with a scientific project to map the cannabis genome