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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.

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.

Global: Flat Iron Hash-Making Process 'Rosin Tech' Goes International

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"From buds to dabs in 30 seconds"... is it too good to be true? In their most recent podcast episode, Ganjapreneur.com, a website dedicated to cannabis industry news and culture, investigates the origins and rapid growth of a new hashish manufacturing process known as "Rosin Tech."

The interview, which is hosted by Shango Los of the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance (VIMEA), features Jeff Church, a hashish and medical cannabis expert and the founder of ThincPure, a Washington State medical cannabis extracts manufacturer.

In the interview, Church (also known as "Reverend Cannabis") describes how Rosin Tech came onto the scene in the medical cannabis world and how it has spread rapidly, largely due to videos and photos on Instagram, originating with a user named "Soilgrown." He also describes how it has quickly disrupted the cannabis extracts market, due to the fact that it is so inexpensive and accessible for medical cannabis patients.

Describing how the process works, he said "Basically what it is, is you take a piece of silicon-coated parchment paper, baking paper, and fold it in half and you put a piece of flower in there. Soilgrown’s original method was to take a flat iron which is just your basic hair straightener, $20 or less [...] but you basically just, you’ve got your bud in between a parchment and you squeeze it with this hot iron."

The result, Church said, can be on par with hash produced by highly specialized and expensive hydrocarbon extraction technology.

U.S.: New Marijuana Industry App Launched By Weed Depot

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Weed Depot has launched its new marijuana industry app that it says allows users to access its huge database of marijuana strains, dispensaries, doctors, head shops, and more.

Weed Depot said its app "makes it possible for users to easily find all sorts of marijuana-related information from any mobile device." The app also consists of listings for national and international businesses that operate in the legal (medical and recreational) marijuana industry.

A Weed Depot spokesperson said that they are “working to develop even more functionality and information into the app in the future” so that it becomes the “go-to app for anything marijuana-related.” They want the app to become “the world’s destination for marijuana information.”

The company plans to incorporate a marijuana jobs section, marijuana press releases section, marijuana-infused recipes section, and more into the app.

Businesses can get listed on the Weed Depot app and website for under $200 per month, according to the company. Weed Depot and its sister businesses, listed on The Marijuana Companies’ website (www.TheMarijuanaCompanies.com), in the marijuana industry help to make it one of the largest marijuana industry advertising network platforms currently available.

The Weed Depot app can be downloaded for free on Google Play and on the iTunes App Store.

Weed Depot is owned and operated by Northsight Capital, Inc. (OTCBB: NCAP).

U.S.: Leafstrain Medical Marijuana Mobile App Approved By Apple, Ready For Download

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Earth Science Tech, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on nutraceuticals, bioceuticals and dietary supplements, on Tuesday announced that its Leafstrain.com mobile application, for use on iOS devices including iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, is now available for immediate free download in the iTunes App Store using this link (click here).

Users can also find it by simply searching the iTunes App store using the key word search "Leafstrain.com."

"ETST is extremely enthusiastic to be approved and now listed in Apple iTunes as an approved developer and now having its first iOS mobile application 'Leafstrain.com' ready for download," the company announced in a prepared statement. The new Leafstrain.com mobile iOS app can be downloaded free of charge and installed in the user's mobile device of choice.

Using the Leaftsrain.com app, users can leverage the power of iOS mobile devices by searching, finding, sharing, reviewing, commenting and mapping the best cannabis strains and dispensaries, plus more, according to ETST. Right from a mobile device, users can search the Leafstrain.com social network and online community as well as its large online database of 3,000+ medical marijuana dispensaries and 300+ cannabis strains.

Users can use their zip code or city and state names to search for dispensaries, which are then displayed on a map of the area. The dispensary profiles contain store locations, hours, photos, reviews and much more.

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