The cannabis industry has a good number of hand trimmers, those who don so-called “sticky gloves” to spend hours meticulously removing the undesired stems and leaves from the flower. It’s one of the most time-consuming elements of cannabis production, so many hand-trimmers get to know one another well, giving rise to the job having something of it’s own sub-culture within the the cannabis industry.
But that sub-culture might be threatened if auto-trim machines become increasingly popular. A human hand-trimmer can process somewhere between 1 and 3 lbs daily, and are paid a rate of roughly $12 to $20 hourly. Auto-trim machines, meanwhile, can process a great deal more – smaller machines between 3 and 5 lbs an hour and larger trimmers up to 60 pounds an hour.
It is true the machines can be costly, but they tend to pay for themselves very quickly. As our Los Angeles marijuana business lawyers know, the financial burden of heavy regulation and taxation plus fierce competition from the black market has legal cannabis companies keen to seize on anything they can to tamp down their costs. Continue reading