Isodiol Agrees To Acquire 51% Of Round Mountain Technologies, Commences Certified Organic Hemp Farming in Nevada

CANADA: Isodiol International, a global CBD innovator specializing in hemp based health and wellness products, the development of pharmaceutical CBD delivery methods and the manufacturing of a pure, natural CBD as an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient for use in finished pharmaceutical products, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 51% of Round Mountain Technologies, a cultivator of organic hemp with operations in Nevada.

RMT holds a license from the State of Nevada to cultivate organic hemp in Nye County.  The property consists of approximately 155 acres, of which RMT and Isodiol intend to plant 70 acres within the coming weeks, initially.  RMT and Isodiol will contribute to Nevada’s local economy by ensuring that all hemp harvested by RMT will be processed within the State of Nevada.

Logo-Isodiol-1500wUnder the terms of the agreement, Isodiol will commit funding of US$400,000 in cash to RMT for working capital and general obligations and issue US$250,000 in Isodiol stock based on the May 22, 2018 closing price, subject to 36-month lock-up/leak-out guidelines, in exchange for the 51% RMT ownership interest.

“This transaction is another significant milestone in Isodiol’s storied path to success,” said Marcos Agramont, CEO of Isodiol.  Mr. Agramont continued, stating, “We are pleased to be working with RMT and increasing our US organic hemp biomass supply for CBD production.”

Isodiol has successfully pursued its strategy of establishing a globally dominant position in the cultivation of jurisdictionally compliant industrial hemp and manufacturing of jurisdictionally compliant CBD consumer products.  To date, Isodiol has the ability to legally source, cultivate, and/or manufacture industrial hemp on three continents, North America, Europe, and Asia.  Additionally, Isodiol’s UK Subsidiary, BSPG Laboratories Ltd. produces CBD that has been approved as an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) by the United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in Finished Pharmaceutical Products (FPPs).

“We believe we produce the purest, natural CBD in the industry.  The API is recognition of that achievement.  Isodiol will continue to pursue global recognition and approval of the API grade CBD and expand our distribution of CBD consumer products in new jurisdictions while continuing to expand our manufacturing capabilities throughout the world,” said Agramont.

“Isodiol has come to embrace the positive legal developments in legislation, regulations, and agency interpretations in jurisdictions throughout the world that have paved a legal pathway for Isodiol to legally and commercially produce pure, natural CBD from industrial hemp,” said Agramont.  Agramont went further to say, “Isodiol’s previous efforts to seek alternative sources of CBD, such as through novel hop strains, are still of interest to Isodiol, but due to favorable legislative and regulatory outcomes, Isodiol is focusing on cannabinoids produced from hemp. Presently, sources for Cannabinoids other than hemp would take longer and cost substantially more to develop.”

The Dirt On Growing Green: What’s This Organic Matter?

By Sunny Kaercher

Perhaps one of the most prolific, and misused, words of the past decade, organic, appears as if it is here to stay.  This article is not about organic cultivation methodologies — or even any certifying body that might confirm that regulate it —  but rather, organic matter in the soil (and/or “grow media”). Organic is the backbone of growing hearty plants naturally, and the key to understanding nutrient cycling.

If you aren’t cultivating via aeroponics or the variety of hydroponic mediums like rockwool, hydroton or lava rock, then you are growing in some form of organic material, and this article is relevant to your operation.

Organic matter is decomposed organic material. And what is an organic material? Essentially, anything carbon-based qualifies as an organic material. A few of our favorite sources for organic material are leaves, grasses, kitchen scraps (aside from animal products & oils), manure, woody materials and root balls. Though they are all carbon-based, each has a unique amount of Nitrogen within their composition. Measured as the C:N ratio (carbon to nitrogen), materials can casually be categorized as either “green waste” (nitrogen-rich) or “brown waste” (carbon-rich).  Anyone who composts probably knows that you want a specific balance of green to brown waste to build rich organic matter. The process of decomposition is beautiful and complex. A fleet of microbes, primarily bacteria and fungi, can take credit for the break down.

Soil microbes consume carbon for energy, and nitrogen for protein (building blocks). As they consume materials, they have the ability of converting it to plant-available nutrients – either in their waste or immobilized in their bodies. Organic matter is valuable as more than just a nutrient source. It has a high water-holding capacity, resists compaction, and encourages aggregation of particles. All of these characteristics benefit both microbes and plant roots.

Referring back to the first Dirt on Growing Green, a native soil comprises of approximately 5% organic matter. However, the soilless medias that are exceedingly popular in the cannabis industry (and traditional horticulture) have much more organic matter/material. Pumice, perlite, or any other rock-based component aside, they are entirely organic materials. Peat moss, coco coir, forest materials, compost, worm castings; they are all carbon-based. All of these materials should be stable (compost as a ‘humus’), meaning they have gone through the majority of the decomposition process. However, there is likely more to be done, and the break down will resume as roots grow and soil microbes thrive. In other words: as your plant grows, nutrients will continue to become plant-available (mineralization).

So what’s the magic recipe of organic matter for growing cannabis? Well, it entirely depends on your situation. But regardless of your situation, if you are growing in organic material, you will want to replenish organic matter often. Either with fresh grow media, or top dressing to integrate the benefits. Top dressing can range from applying humic acids, to mulching, to spreading mature compost. Effectively, you are feeding the microbes so that they can feed the plants. Old leaves turning in to new leaves. What better demonstration of the interconnectedness of this world?

‘Clean Green’-Labeled Marijuana Is Pesticide-Free, Environmentally Friendlier

WASHINGTON: Chris Van Hook bent over a shrub-sized marijuana plant at Mountain High Farm with a magnifying glass last month, looking for imperfections in the fan-shaped leaves.

A few of the fronds were “chewed on,” which is what Van Hook expects in a pesticide-free crop.

Pot grown at the state-licensed operation can’t be certified as organic because the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn’t recognize marijuana as a legal crop. Advertising it as organic would be a federal labeling violation, inviting hefty fines.

But if Mountain High passes Van Hook’s inspection, the Stevens County farm can advertise its product under the “Clean Green” label, an alternate certification Van Hook developed for pot growers touting the naturalness of their product.

Colorado Cannabis Producers Have Legal Alternatives To “Organic” Label

COLORADO: Any other operation that routinely labeled its products “organic” without certification to back up the claim would have been shut down and fined almost immediately, an expert in organic certification said.

Colorado’s cannabis industry, though, has benefited from the regulatory gray area where it resides, producing a product that is legal to consume and sell in Colorado but remains illegal under federal law.

“If those farmers were farming any other agricultural crop, they would be contacted within a month or two,” said Chris Van Hook, an accredited organic certifier for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and owner of Clean Green Certified, an organic-alternative program for cannabis. “It’s very clear in the organic regulations: It’s a $11,000-per-violation labeling infraction to call an uncertified product organic.”

Rather than just wait for the federal government to begin certifying, industry leaders are working to find their own way to legitimately market marijuana products as pesticide-free and environmentally friendly.