This year marked the WSIA's Inaugural SunCup Invitational, which brought together sungrowers from across Washington in competition for the best sungrown products in the state! We had 25 businesses partake in this year's competition, entering almost 80 different products, which spanned across 11 different categories. Congratulations to this year's winners and runner ups! The winners in their respective categories and scores are listed in the image below. Also below, are the runner up in each category with their score.
Winners and Runner Up
Full Term THC - Puffin Farm, Hindu Kush (86/100); Ritual Cannabis, Chernobyl (84/100)
Full Term CBD - Puffin Farm, Remedy (77/100); Cascade Gnome, Aliens on Moonshine (72/100)
Light Dep THC - Canna Verde, Green Ribbon (87/100); Lazy Bee Gardens, Tesla Tower (86/100)
Light Dep CBD - Eagle Trees, AC/DC (75/100); Lazy Bee Gardens, Remedy (57/100)
Best Aroma - Kiona THC, Ol' Mendo Hashplant
Solventless Concentrate - Green Barn Farms, Afghan Kush Hash (81/100); Natural Mystic Farm, Dr. Who Hash (80/100)
CO2 Dab - Lazy Bee Gardens, Tangie (92/100); Olala, Tesla Tower (84/100)
Hydrocarbon Dab - CannaSol, Golden Goat Wax (87/100); Gorge Gold, Purple Petrol (86/100)
THC Cartridge - Olala, OG Grapefruit Krypt (80/100); Pearl Extracts, NL 5 Haze (79/100)
CBD Cartridge - Puffin Farm, Dancehall EVFO (86/100); Heylo, Harlequin (85/100)
Best CBD Concentrate - Lazy Bee Gardens, Lilly CBD (88/100); Puffin Farm, Remedy EVFO (83/100)
This year's event was centered around Earth Day intentionally to highlight the environmental benefits of sungrown cannabis cultivation and how we can redirect the focus of the cannabis industry to its impacts on carbon emissions. In addition to the competition, attendees enjoyed some stand up comedy from Seattle International Comedy Competition Finalist, Taylor Clarke, and a spectacular presentation from Dr. Ethan Russo, Research and Development Director at the International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute, which discussed the complicated nature of terpene profiles in addition to issues relating to pesticides in cannabis.
We were all inspired and humbled by all of the wonderful, environmentally-conscious cannabis entrepreneurs that showed up to support this year's event! We will build on this energy as we focus on expanding our membership in 2018 and on the 2019 Legislative Session as we collectively develop and advocate for policies that will support sungrowers and environmental protections in Washington!
WSIA was recently featured in Marijuana Venture as our Executive Director, Preston Peck, discusses the need for a competition for sungrowers and how the organization is using the SunCup as a venue to discuss the benefits of sungrown cannabis!
“What better than a competition that highlights sun-grown cannabis, centered right around Earth Day, to create the message of the benefits for the Earth but also the quality of the product?” Peck says.
Read the full article here!
WSIA's Board President and Founder, Jeremy Moberg, was featured in Cannabis Business Executive this week! Jeremy discussed the challenges facing cannabis farmers in Washington, his dynamic business model, and the value of developing and growing the WSIA!
As CBE explains, "Moberg launched the Washington SunGrowers Industry Association (WSIA) with a primary mission of lobbying for rules to stabilize market inequalities created by indoor myopia. Moberg is Founder and President of WSIA and has been in the news recently for his letter to the Governor Inslee and the Washington legislature regarding the problems and disruptions caused by the WSLCB implementation of its new seed to sale tracking system."
Read the full article here entitled "A Renaissance Man in Farmer's Clothes: CannaSol Farms' Craft Producer"
On Monday, Okanogan County Commissioners announced that they would adopt the recommendations from the Cannabis Advisory Committee (CAC) members as interim controls for the county. The CAC is comprised of several WSIA members in Okanogan Country that have advocated for sensible cannabis regulation in the county for years.
This decision lifted a moratorium on new cannabis businesses in the county and expansion of existing ones, while also further defining the rules on where hemp may be cultivated. The interim rules require that hemp is cultivated at least 10 miles from any i502 recreational cannabis cultivation operations and zoning for hemp will be confined to a specific area under a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) where i502 recreational cannabis cultivation will not be allowed. Before the moratorium, all cannabis operations were subject to a CUP process, creating uncertainty for residents and cannabis producers alike, now there are a number of zones where cannabis operations do not require a CUP process, and a few high-density population areas where cannabis is not allowed at all. This creates better clarity for residents and more financial certainty for those looking to invest in cannabis in Okanogan county.
The CAC received kudos from Jim Detro, one of the most conservative commissioners and most reticent to embrace cannabis. He was told by other counties that a cannabis advisory board of industry and non-industry folks wouldn’t work, but it did. The moratorium was lifted and interim controls were passed unanimously by the three commissioners. This has proven that cannabis can be successfully integrated into communities with a little bit of open communication and cooperation between cannabis business owners and non-industry residents.
Nearly 4% of Denver's electricity is used by indoor cannabis grow operations says Colorado Public Radio. WSIA President, Jeremy Moberg, has long said that Washington's energy use for indoor cannabis cultivation is around the same percentage. Read the full article here.
"In the coming decades, many marijuana industry insiders, like Colorado Harvest Company’s Tim Cullen, expect marijuana grows to look more and more like traditional agriculture. Dark warehouses will make way for sunny greenhouses and outdoor farming operations. This is starting to happen in Pueblo, and a few greenhouses have taken root in Denver."
Read Lester Black's new article from this week's edition of The Stranger about the environmental benefits of sungrown cannabis and the growers that are making it happen! WSIA Board President, Jeremy Moberg (CannaSol Farms) and Board Treasurer, Jade Stefano (Puffin Farm), are both quoted in it speaking about their products! Way to go!
Read Lester's response to some common phrases he hears about sungrown weed below:
"I don't smoke outdoor weed."
"Pot grown outdoors is really only good for putting into edibles."
"Indoor weed will always be more potent than outdoor weed."
F**k. That. S**t.
WSIA is proud to support our Board Treasurer, Jade Stefano, who was on the cover of the February issue of Cannabis Business Times! Below is an excerpt from the article "Terpenes & Tenacity" about Jade and Puffin Farm:
"In addition to all the work she is putting in her farm to ensure her business’s survival, Stefano is fighting to reduce regulatory barriers that keep outdoor growers from being competitive through her role as treasurer of the Washington Sungrowers Industry Association (WSIA), a pro-outdoor cultivation advocacy group founded by CannaSol Farms owner Jeremy Moberg (who was featured in the inaugural issue of Cannabis Business Times in November 2015).
Most notably, the WSIA is working to change the requirement that growers must put the harvest date on packaging going to dispensaries. “That hurts sun growers by having a harvest date for the consumer to fixate on,” she says, adding that most outdoor farmers only do one harvest a year and keep dried cannabis in storage to sell throughout the year.
The WSIA also is battling communities and environmental agencies targeting outdoor cultivation businesses. For example, local clean air agencies are citing outdoor farms for odor violations despite it being impossible for those farms to implement air filtration systems. (Other agricultural businesses are exempt from these complaints thanks to protections offered by Right to Farm laws.) Also, Chelan County, north of Ellensburg, is “forcing all of their sun growers to either move their farms [or] go indoors,” Stefano says, noting that there are nearly 50 farms in that county that are at risk of being pushed out within the next year. “All of these forces, political and otherwise, are making it really difficult to grow in the sun,” she says."
WSIA President, Jeremy Moberg, was quoted last night in Marijuana Business Daily about the impact of the traceability rollout on producers and processors in Washington.
"Moberg, also president of the Washington Sungrowers Industry Association, said he temporarily laid off six of his employees this week and left $18,000 worth of cannabis sitting in a van because his company couldn’t get integrated with Leaf Data.
The only employees he’s paying are those who are trying to figure out how Leaf Data works, Moberg said.
“If you think about five days in this industry, it’s millions of dollars worth of transactions that are not happening,” he added."
Read the entire article here: Hiccups with traceability system rollout costing Washington state cannabis producers thousands
New traceability system causes major problems for producers, processors, and retailers...WSia responds!
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) rolled out the new traceability system from New Leaf Data on February 1st, and many producers are having trouble getting their products registered in the system, delaying getting product to retail stores while in store supply is dwindling. This has cost the state MILLIONS and are costing producers jobs and money every day that this remains to be a problem. We are now in day six, and WSIA is now calling on the LCB to revert to the Unified Contingency System (UCS) immediately! Read our entire position below in a letter sent to the LCB, Washington State Legislature, and Governor Inslee's office!