The cutting teams that help Canada’s cannabis growers

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British Columbia has become well known over the past few decades for its artisanal cannabis production. The legacy of premium cannabis is possible due to the tactics, methods, and protocols of operation implemented through legalization.

Take the cut, for example. Properly pruned cannabis is not essential for plant survival.

However, the size influences the final shape of the cannabis, the dry-curing process, and the potency. If fan leaves and parasitic structures of the desired shape of a calyx are not cared for, they can be susceptible to undesirables such as mold.

Cannabis dealers have favored hand cutting over machine cutting due to the risk of harsh machinery depleting trichome integrity in an already delicate process. Cannabis is a collaborative industry; sometimes it is easier to hire a qualified team to complete the task.

In British Columbia, two main teams specialize in plant trimming and care: Green Team Solutions and BC Trimmers.

Introducing Green Team Solutions

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Green Team Solutions is based in the Kootenays of British Columbia and works in the recreational and medical cannabis sectors. Asked about their operations and experience, they responded by stating:

“Although our company is perceived as something unique or new, it is not. Size circles have been around for as long as cannabis has been growing. The legacy industry was (and is) full of cannabis trimmers, and ever since humans have existed, we’ve harvested and crafted medicinal plants. Women, in particular, have been at the forefront of this work.

“The legalization process has left out cannabis workers. A common misconception is that pruning is unskilled labor. Anyone who has worked with cannabis knows that is not true. Some of our trimmers have been trimming for decades. The clippers we know are not only good at trimming (perfectly manicuring a bud) but are the eyes and hands of the grower as each bud passes through them. This is an opportunity for qualified people to make sure there are no problems with the plant. They play a crucial role in quality control.

Green Team cannabis clippers work hard. Picture via Instagram

“As contract cannabis workers in British Columbia, you must be licensed by the Ministry of Labour. We fully agree with the regulations set by our licensing department as they protect workers. However, in our first year, we had to turn down a good contract where the client required 30 workers because we would have needed $36,000 to be set aside for a bond. This is a regulation designed to protect contract workers, and I think it’s important because workers need to be protected, but it was a barrier for us in our first year.

Introducing BC Trimmers

BC Trimmers offers trimming, sanitation, pruning, planting, pre-rolls and wrapping.

Angela Marks, Founder of BC Trimmers, created BC Trimmers after seizing the opportunity to share her knowledge with licensed growers and micro-growers in need of experienced labor with the advent of the industry recreational cannabis in 2018. Since then, BC Trimmers has supported recreational boat producers in the legal sector and shared their experiences with Stratcann, saying:

“We started from the ground up in 2018, becoming one of the first cutting groups to work with licensed growers. My experience comes from heritage, but you learn quickly when it comes to SOPs and working with new customers You will always learn something new.

“I wanted to involve my whole family. My sisters, my aunt and my cousins ​​started working together at the beginning, and we continued until the end. We are a family business, I feel like a lot of legacies for legal businesses are independent of work. It’s really important to me to see women in grow rooms, which is why I started BC Trimmers. Not everyone wants to work in an office. That’s why I was drawn to this type of work, and I expect many other women to start showing up more in the grow room.

Keeping the Legacy Alive

Cannabis culture in British Columbia is growing more than ever with increasing representation of Indigenous and women-led businesses across all industry niches. Green Team Solution plans to launch a new indigenous crafts brand later this year, run by women and watered by the mountains. BC Trimmers is also working on expansion plans, hoping to work alongside trimmers on Vancouver Island.

A crew member with BC Trimmers at work. Picture via Instagram

Cannabis maintenance, especially pruning, is a tedious job for these teams, but their members have a deep passion for the industry and the plant. BC Trimmers and Green Team Solutions are two groups of skilled trim crews that operate similarly to Legacy Days. They are called in, learn installation-specific SOPs, and work until the job is done. So even though the cannabis industry has changed since legalization, at least there is a strong legacy, female-led presence in the grow rooms.

Featured image from Green Team Cannabis. By Instagram

Written by: Aly K. Benson
AKB is a biracial Indigenous writer, media personality and digital strategy consultant based in Abbotsford, BC.


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