Great Northern Cannabis is known for its immaculate retail fronts, but according to an audio recording that’s blowing up on social media and the local cannabis community, their weed, at least on one occasion, has been moldy.
On the recording, an owner of GNC is questioned about 100 pounds of moldy cannabis that has already been sold off. The person asking the questions is sure to use the owner’s name, Jordan, and he, in turn, is sure to use the questioner’s name, Kisha.
The owner is Jordan Huss and a reluctant source gave me two different last names for Kisha, saying she was a shareholder who also owns Hearts and Hands of Care. Business ownership in the cannabis industry is public record. I could not find a Kisha Rogers or any Rodriguez in Great Northern’s records, but I did find a Victor Rodriguez of Rodriguez Investments LLC, and there is a Kisha Smaw who, according to www.opencorporates.com is a member of that company, and is with Hearts and Hands. I’m told she often makes recordings of conversations, but she doesn’t keep them to herself.
Kisha leads into the discussion talking about how former CEO Steve Brashear claimed Jordan could not be trusted, saying, “He divulged something to me, Jordan, that I really want to know, because I don’t know what his mindset is, but he divulged something to me that you — there was a situation with some of the marijuana, there was mold on it — and you decided to change the matrix [Metrc] on it or something like that...”
Kisha and Jordan speak over each other for a moment, Jordan repeating, “That’s funny, that’s funny,” before diving in.
Jordan:I will give you 100% of the lowdown. So what happened there, and this can be verified by not only Jerad Brown, but also our lawyer [John Redden] who was aware this was going on, when we took over the King Street facility, we inherited 100 pounds of cannabis. And, some of that cannabis, the reason why it had been stockpiled is some of that cannabis had tested positive for mold. And, Eric [Logan] was adamant, absolutely adamant that that cannabis be sold, that was absolutely adamant. He said, “I don’t care what’s on it, it has to be sold.” And I was instructed, I was instructed, by Eric, and a lot of people knew about this — like I said, Jerad, and Eric knew about it, Steve knew about it, and John knew about it. Um, I was instructed to use different samples so that we would insure that that cannabis batches would test clean and, and I’m right there. I did that under orders by my management.
Kisha: Jesus Fucking Christ.
Jordan: Yeah. Yup. And that hundred pounds of cannabis sold.
Kisha: Oh my God.
Jordan: And I’ll tell you this, Kisha… here’s the thing, he can point that at me. Because I was instructed to do so and I did so according to my supervisor, which is Steve and Eric at that point in time. Um, that was not something I was too fond of, but I will say I examined the cannabis myself, I know what bad cannabis looks like and what’s unsafe for sale, and this is no excuse, um, but it wasn’t like this stuff was nasty moldy, it was simply to insure that that cannabis passed tests so that we could sell it.
Jordan goes on to rationalize the sale of moldy weed and defer responsibility, claiming, “I’m not the top of the food chain here.”
Most consumers prefer no mold, but I spoke to a few industry insiders and Huss doesn’t sound very innocent.
Kisha’s recording also includes a discussion regarding inaccurate testing for a strain marketed as a CBD strain, something many consumers seek out in order to enjoy medical benefits of cannabis without really getting high. Huss claims the CBD misinformation and the mold misinformation are part of the “same plot.”
This is not the case. The problem with the “CBD” strain was that in all the previous testing that strain had come back with low THC, and only THC. Then, oddly, some test results came back from the testing facility, CannTest, stating the newest batch had its typical low THC, but also had something like 17% CBD, an exceedingly desirable combination to certain consumers, and a strain type not yet available on the Alaskan legal market at the time.
This was assuredly a mistake, but CannTest refused to retest, according to Huss, and Great Northern was all too happy to be legally bound to those numbers and market the strain as high CBD, according to Huss. A customer bought an ounce of the strain and turned it into to oil for medical purposes, specifically seeking out the low THC/high CBD combination. He then had his own oil tested and it was found to have no CBD.
The audio recording between Jordan and Kisha has made its way onto Reddit, where a few users have said they used to work at Great Northern Cannabis. One of the biggest questions the recording raises is, where did a full hundred pounds of weed go? Who bought it? Who smoked it?
According to Reddit user, Ak_keith, “…I remember these smelling bad when we packaged them. I remember many health issues from employees as well. A lot of this product was given away at an extreme discount during the ‘Spin the Wheel’ and ‘PLINKO’ games.”
It is a common enough, though shady practice, for cultivators to send weed with bugs or mold to extractors to blast for concentrate but Ak_keith goes on to say, “…at the time, GNC did not have a manufacturing license, so none of this was sent to concentrates. It sat in a room in oversize Ziploc bags with a bunch of dust on them.”
Reddit user, TARDIS_AK says, “…we packaged grams, eighths, quarters, half ounces and ounces of this crap and sold it. We used every drop of it and did not extract it…sadly some of it ended up as joints. We breathed that shit in.”
The Anchorage Daily News reported on Wednesday that on May 11, Huss was dismissed as CEO by the GNC board and that Brashear submitted his resignation on April 17.