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Colorado: Cannabis Critics Announce New Grow Competition

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Two cannabis critics for The Denver Post’s "The Cannabist" on Wednesday announced the launch of a new marijuana cultivation competition.

Jake Browne and Sohum J Shah, writers for The Cannabist, made the announcement with event partners and sponsors Dark Horse Genetics, Cultivate Colorado, and Pazoo, Inc., licensing partners to analytical laboratory, Steep Hill Colorado.

With local authorities in Adams County denying the annual High Times Cannabis Cup a permit in 2016, a unique opportunity to provide an alternative competition presented itself for the first time in years. Browne and Shah's revolutionary new grow competition is based on quantitative analysis as opposed to qualitative rating thanks to their strategic partner, Steep Hill Labs.

Unlike other competitions, the inaugural Grow-Off is limited to licensed Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facilities in Colorado and will be fully compliant with state laws and regulations.

Washington: Steep Hill Labs Releases Open Letter To Cannabis Community

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Steep Hill Labs on Wednesday released an open letter to the Washington State cannabis community encouraging a call to action to prevent contaminated cannabis from entering the patient and consumer supply chain.

"In a recent third party audit of certified I-502 laboratories in Washington State, cannabis contaminated with pesticides and microbiological organisms like E. coli are being passed by certain disreputable labs, which means unsafe products are getting onto shelves," said Steep Hill CEO Jmîchaele Keller. "This is unacceptable when technology and the proper science are in place to insure safety to prevent health risk to consumers and patients."

Recent independent third party testing, including that done upon the initiative of Ian Eisenberg of Uncle Ike's Pot Shop in Seattle, showed many samples of I-502 recreational weed had traces of pesticides, causing concern in the community, especially among medicinal users with compromised immune systems and liver function.

Keller said Steep Hill stands with other leading labs in the industry, like Trace Analytics, who apply scientific best practices to put public health first.

"Together we are here to uphold standards of quality in this industry for consumer protection, and we cannot succeed if other laboratories cheat the system," said Keller.

U.S.: Expert Warns Marijuana Genetic Patents Are Coming Soon

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In a recent podcast episode for Ganjapreneur.com, Reggie Gaudino of Steep Hill labs recently joined show host Shango Los for an interview to discuss the science and politics behind cannabis breeding, the realities of patenting cannabis strains, and how "Big Marijuana" is going to change the landscape of cannabis business when Federal law changes.

Reggie Gaudino is vice president of scientific operations and director of intellectual property at Steep Hill, a California-based laboratory that offers cannabis testing services.

According to Reggie, cannabis patents are not only on the horizon, but they're actually closer than most people would imagine. He predicts that the moment cannabis shifts away from its current Schedule I restrictions, major corporations like Monsanto and Dow Agrosciences are going to step in and attempt to overtake the market.

"The message that Steep Hill is trying to get out is... if you’re a breeder, the best thing that you can be doing right now is breeding your butt off," Reggie said. "The only thing left then is to put your stake in the ground and to really protect your strains so that when everything that’s on the shelves now becomes open source, you have something better to offer the community."

The full podcast episode is available via iTunes and at Ganjapreneur.com, where there are also full transcripts of this and previous episodes.

California: Tech, Media Industry Gathering With Marijuana Investors and Start-Ups

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New West Summit Scheduled for November 20-21, 2015, at Parc 55

New West Summit, which calls itself "the first conference to focus exclusively on the game-changing, disruptive developments in technology, investment and media within the cannabis industry," has announced initial speakers, panelists and sponsors for their November event. in San Francisco.

“The Summit could not occur in a better time or place for our attendees,” said Dean Arbit, co-founder of New West Summit and publisher of Smell The Truth, a cannabis-news outlet in partnership with Hearst Media on SFGate.com. “Interest in the cannabis industry is breaking all-time record highs, and San Francisco is ground zero for the world’s digital economy.”

The legal cannabis space has an estimated $10 billion economic impact in 2015 in the U.S., and the field is rapidly professionalizing and specializing, according to organizers. "There is an immediate, unmet need for a marijuana industry conference tightly focused on the most dynamic, and disruptive segments: applications of high technology, deep capital, and professional branding and content," reads a press release from New West.

Jim McAlpine, co-founder of New West Summit and successful entrepreneur in the Internet and tech space for almost 20 years, said, “it’s a natural fit to establish a disruptive technology conference in this rapidly growing marketplace. I’m proud to be part of the team doing it.”

New Mexico: Steep Hill Receives First Provisional Approval For Lab Cannabis Testing

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Steep Hill, which specializes in cannabis testing and analytics in the United States and internationally, has announced intends to open a full service medical cannabis quality assurance laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, bringing advanced scientific tools and methodology to the state, for regulatory oversight of cannabis.

Steep Hill is currently the only laboratory licensed by the New Mexico Department of Health to conduct potency and contaminant testing in order to meet the recently adopted regulatory requirements pertaining to cannabis safety for medical patients in New Mexico, according to a prepared statement from the company.

"We are excited to bring our entire suite of products to New Mexico, including our QuantaCann2™ - an advanced cloud-based potency monitoring system," said David Lampach, CEO and cofounder of Steep Hill. "This will enable the state to meet its THC and CBD testing requirements, while also providing regulators with a real time window into the marketplace."

The State of New Mexico requires regular testing be done in a Department of Health approved laboratory as the only acceptable method to determine the quality, purity and potency required for the sale of medical cannabis products.

For more information about cannabis testing, you can visit the Steep Hill website: http://steephill.com

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U.S.: Steep Hill Releases New Test For Cannabis Market: 'Sexing Made Simple'

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Steep Hill, which specializes in cannabis testing and analytics in the United States and internationally, on Monday released GenKit, a new testing product to assist the growing cannabis industry. GenKit is a proprietary sexing test kit to quickly determine the sex of cannabis plants.

According to Steep Hill, this testing product allows outdoor seed-based growers to speed up the process by which male plants are identified and culled from the crop. Steep Hill’s GenKit allows sex determination at a very early stage in the plant’s development, and shortens this process from several weeks to several days.

GenKit is an industry breakthrough that allows crops to be grown more intelligently, conserving resources and expanding yield, according to the company.

Steep Hill said GenKit works by analyzing genetic information early in the cannabis growth cycle, enabling the removal of unwanted plants from the garden, lowering plant counts, and saving precious resources and cultivation space.

"This revolutionary test, built in modular format, utilizes DNA based diagnostics to very accurately determine the sex of a specific cannabis plant, all of which is made possible by our new long read sequencer," said Reggie Gaudino, Ph.D., director of Intellectual Property & Genetic Analysis at Steep Hill.

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