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Washington State Has First Cannabis Recall Due To Pesticides

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

While marijuana product recalls have seemingly become commonplace in Colorado, Washington state had seemed remarkably free of such problems -- until now. Washington-based Evergreen Herbal on Friday issued the state's first voluntary cannabis product recall due to pesticide concerns.

The recall is an indirect result of two producers, New Leaf Enterprises and BMF Washington, recently being investigated by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) for using prohibited pesticides.

While the LCB did find prohibited pesticides on cannabis products from both companies and made them pay fines of $2,500 and suspend operations for 10 days, interestingly, BMF -- despite using no fewer than 12 prohibited pesticides -- was allowed to continue selling tainted flowers with a "warning label" after paying the fine. (All concentrates were destroyed upon orders of the LCB; the process of making concentrates also means higher levels of poison, as well as THC.)

Evergreen Herbal, clearly not wanting to end up like New Leaf and BMF, announced its voluntary product recall via press release on Friday, reports Graham Abbott at Ganjapreneur. The three products being recalled are the high-CBD edibles Hibiscus Quencher, Strawberry Quencher, and CBD Dark Chocolate 420 Bar; all three were, at one point, produced using Dama CBD oil, according to Evergreen.

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.

U.S.: Activist Discusses Cannabis Industry's Lack of Diversity

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Marijuana activist Charlo Greene, who famously quit her job as a reporter on live television last year, is now working to increase diversity in the legal cannabis industry.

Greene recently talked with Ganjapreneur about her work to advance legalization efforts and protect medical marijuana patients in her home state of Alaska, along with lack of diversity in the industry.

Addressing several possible reasons for the racial disparity, Greene said she believes the cannabis activist community and industry as a whole is ready and welcoming to entrepreneurs of color.

"To be a true activist you have to know the cause you're fighting for and its history," she said. "All real cannabis activists know our drug policy is racist as fuck."

In the interview Greene also encouraged people of color to pursue business opportunities in legal cannabis, but warned of the "double-edged sword" of publicity.

To help promote a more inclusive industry, Greene founded GoGreene.org, a nonprofit intended to encourage diversity via education, networking and empowerment. GoGreene.org's stated mission is to "cultivate diversity in cannabis advocacy and industry" through events that promote "education, networking, and empowerment."

"We’re working to activate communities of color as we march toward the end of prohibition and to arm everyday citizens from all walks of life with the education and community backing they need to champion the movement in their areas," Greene said.

Colorado: Ganjapreneur Interviews Chloe Villano, Founder of Clover Leaf University

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Ganjapreneur has published an interview featuring Chloe Villano, a serial entrepreneur from Colorado who has become one of the most esteemed cannabis business consultants in the country.

The interview focuses on Chloe's position as the founder of Clover Leaf University in Colorado, the first state-licensed private cannabis trade school in the country, and on her work with Clover Leaf Consulting.

Chloe discusses what first brought her into the cannabis space and demonstrates the wide variety of classes and services offered at Clover Leaf University.

“I believe it’s not just the education itself but how you teach it that is important,” Villano said. According to Chloe, the University has plans to launch a host of new online courses as well as an international platform.

The interview also covers how the complicated transition from medical to recreational cannabis in Colorado has affected the industry.

"I think the Colorado legislature has done a remarkable job making the transition as smooth as possible for these businesses," Villano said.

The full interview is available on the Ganjapreneur website.

Washington: Woman-Owned Marijuana Company Is Environmentally Friendly

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Ganjapreneur, an online marijuana news publication and business resource, has published the latest interview in its ongoing series of podcasts that feature marijuana entrepreneurs discussing their experiences in the industry. In this week's podcast, Ganjapreneur host Shango Los interviews cannabis entrepreneur Susie Gress.

Washington state’s legal cannabis market just celebrated its first anniversary. While there has been much debate about the merits and faults of I-502 (the initiative which created the state’s legal market), many recreational growers are making names for themselves in the market.

Gress is the founder of Vashon Velvet, a licensed recreational cannabis grow operation that is woman-owned and operated and emphasizes environmentally friendly growing techniques. Susie shared her experience as one of Washington state's recreational marijuana pioneers, offering insight into her company's cannabis branding, grow methods, and what it's like having a family enterprise in the marijuana business.

Vashon Velvet's grow facility is located on Vashon Island, so the company naturally must be ever-conscious of the amount of cost and resources going into their operation. "We are all hydro, which we find is not only the easiest way to grow but uses a lot less water than you would think," she explained.

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