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    Organic Marijuana



    First pot went legit, now it might be going organic. About two months ago, California's Mendocino County petitioned the state to allow regulation and certification of organic marijuana farms.

    County officials cited the requests of medical marijuana users who fear the effects of pesticides on their already compromised immune systems. So far, 10 states have taken some steps toward decriminalizing cannabis for medical uses. With California considered a thought leader and precedent setter on the issue - the state has an estimated 125 "pot clubs" - could marijuana be the next crop to go organic?

    Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network as we find out about the controversy, talk to Canadian cannabis growers and learn about proposed regulation.


    This Week's Guests:

    Tony Linegar — Assistant Agricultural Commissioner

    Tony is currently the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner in Mendocino County, California. He graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Chico State University in 1993. In 2001, Tony took a job with Mendocino County Agriculture as an Ag Specialist and was promoted to the Assistant Commissioner position in 2002. His area of expertise is agricultural regulation, particularly pertaining to pesticide use enforcement, plant quarantine, and nursery. Mendocino was the first county in California to ban the propagation of GMO's (genetically modified organisms), and Tony's department is in charge of enforcing this ban.


    Eric Nash — Medical Cannabis Grower/Owner Island Harvest

    Eric was born in Victoria, B.C. in 1958 and has worked for the provincial and municipal government for 20 years. He worked for the Ministry of Forests and for the City of Victoria. Eric has many years of experience in horticulture and a first class BFA honors degree from the University of Victoria.

    Along with his partner Wendy Little, Eric's company Island Harvest became Canada's first certified organic medical cannabis grower in November 2002. They are also the author's of "Sell Marijuana Legally: A Complete Guide to Starting Your Marijuana Business".


    Dana Jay — President, Ahimsa International

    Dana has a B.S. in Anthropology and a law degree from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law. Dana has designed and initiated local and global programs intended to achieve the altruistic endeavors of Ahimsa International. Ahimsa presents long-term strategies designed to benefit endangered, victimized and deteriorating communities and environments worldwide. In addition to her work with Ahimsa, Dana is a practicing attorney in the area of third party reproduction.


    More information:

  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Ahimsa International
  • Ahimsa's Medical Cannabis Safety Program
  • Island Harvest Certified Organic Cannabis
  • Article on Mendocino County's push for regulation
  • Sell Marijuana Legally Book Link




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