US (MA): Cannabis lab samples collected like evidence from a crime scene

A recent Michigan State University grad slips on an arm-length polyethylene glove, the kind worn to inseminate cows.

Wearing a hooded, one-time-use, micro-fiber, full-body suit, and face mask, he reaches into a nearly four-foot tall, corrugated curing tube filled to the brim with cannabis buds at the 170,000-square-foot Common Citizen industrial grow facility in Marshall. Digital numbers on a plastic end cap display the internal temperature and the moisture content.

If too wet or exceedingly hot inside, the tubes could provide the optimal environment for mold, fungus, or other potentially harmful contaminants to thrive.

Jayson Butler, 22, two weeks into the job, comes up with a fistful of green marijuana flower and places it in a brown jar on a scale. He reads aloud the weight and goes back in for more.


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