Marijuana Business Magazine - Issue 09, Oct 2017

MATT TONKOVICH Chief Growing Consultant, Green Growers Technology Alliance Three Rivers, Michigan | Pick: Mikey Kush My favorite strain to grow is the Mikey Kush: the way it grows, the bud structure and the strain itself. Its high-in-CBG content works perfectly for myself as a Purple Heart veteran. JIM PARCO Founder and Co-Owner, Mesa Organics Pueblo, Colorado | Pick: Ghost of Lee Roy Ghost of Lee Roy is a strain we came across last year. Our customers and budtenders agree, hands down, it’s among the best strains we’ve come across. It’s an ideal strain to grow, extract and con- sume. It’s a Rare Dankness genetic as a Ghost OG x Lee Roy. But as an indica-dominant hybrid, nothing else can quite compare in our collective opinion. We’re growing it now and looking forward to a harvest this fall. SIOBAHN DARWISH Owner, Blessed Coast Farms Carlotta, California | Pick: Harle-Tsu We love our Harle-Tsu. This strain is not only happy to grow, but happy to produce. Created here in Humboldt County, she is a high-in-CBD hybrid cross between Harlequin and Sour Tsunami. With her CBD content 20 times higher than her THC content, Harle-Tsu brings relief to pain and inflammation without the psychoactivity. MATTHEW AIKEN CEO and Founder, Sweet Leaf Denver | Pick: Sour Diesel Clearly the pungent kerosene-smelling buds turn out amazing, but it's the cultivation that sets it apart. It's a difficult plant to grow, especially in veg, so the end result being “fire” makes it that much more special. PETE GENDRON Cultivator and Board Member of Oregon SunGrown Growers’ Guild Sunny Valley, Oregon | Pick: Too close to call Some of my all-time faves as a grower include the Original Oregon Big Buds all around, and frosty Black Domina indoors, with banging Kush Hybrids doing the best as outdoor crops. For robust flavor it's hard to argue with a Blueberry Kush or Pineapple Kush, the latter of which is also great for mul- tiple sclerosis patients. Headband produces a great yield and is disease resistant as well. I still love the old AK-47, San Fernando Valley 818 (and daughters) and Northern Lights for clear, predictable effects and consistent yields. MATTHEW WOOLLEY Executive Director, Legion of Bloom Oakland, California | Pick: Nina Limone My current personal favorite is Nina Limone, a sativa-dominant hybrid that is a cross of Super Lemon Haze and Rebel God Smoke. The flowers are sparkling with trichomes, and the high is uplift- ing and playful. The sweet-citrus flavor is dominant with a hint of underlying musk. Perfect for day- time use or evening relaxation. It’s a beautiful plant that responds well to our organic and sustain- able cultivation practices. E ach month we survey a group of marijuana industry execu- tives, asking them to name a favorite item – such as a trimmer, extraction technology or edibles ingredient. We welcome your suggestions for topics. Email us at This month we’ve asked six growers to share their favorite strain to grow: 14 • Marijuana Business Magazine • October 2017