US: Sonoma County genetics testing lab LeafWorks receives half of $2.7M from California to study cannabis

LeafWorks is getting $2.7 million in state funding.

The award — with LeafWorks receiving about half the amount to examine the genetics — is the largest of its kind granted from the California Department of Cannabis Control, the state confirmed.

The Sebastopol genetic research firm, founded in 2016 by former University of Georgia academics Eleanor Kuntz and Kerin Law, will use the funding to conduct a study titled “Legacy Cannabis Genetics: People and Their Plants, a Community-Driven Study.”

Think of how winemakers covet holding precise appellations to produce and market their high-end brands. Now apply it to cannabis farming, which has, up to this point, shown its propensity to produce certain, often successful, strains without keeping a universal record.

The study aims to preserve the history, value, and diversity of California’s legacy cannabis genetics in a new chapter in cultivation.


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