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US (PA): 36 year old cannabis trimmer recounts his job

There is a lengthy process of the plants growing, getting harvested, and then broken down into manageable pieces. Next, my team's process starts with the trimming stages.

In the morning, I set up the trimming rooms and oversee the various stages of mechanical trimming. This has nothing to do with pruning, which is all done on the grow side. When the flower comes to me, it is still in a very raw state. The machines remove between 40% and 70% of excess leaves and stems thus aiding in the efficiency of the manual trim process.

Then the difficult part starts: trimming all of the excess parts by hand. As production lead in the trim area, I make sure the necessary raw flower quantity is distributed in the production rooms, that trimmers stay on task, and that the machines run smoothly. I am a stickler for quality — what we produce is someone's medication, so we take the production process very seriously. 

I also do a bit of clerical work, because everything is regulated and we have to be extremely careful about what goes out in and out of the rooms. Precise paperwork is kept on every strain during every stage of our process. For my part, I keep track of material that moves in and out of the trim rooms. I also keep track of what stage the material is in: Is it ready to machine trim, is it ready to hand trim, is it ready to batch? 


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