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Meet Jerry Whiting of LeBlanc CNE in Seattle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jerry Whiting.

Jerry, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Seven years ago I co-founded LeBlanc CNE with my son Coleman. We specialize in hemp & cannabis genetics, product development, research and education.

I write a monthly hemp column [], I have a podcast []. We have a hemp farm outside of Seattle. LeBlanc CNE makes hemp-based tinctures, topical oil and other preparations from the hemp we grow ourselves. We also have a huge seed bank some of which we’re starting to get genetically sequenced. [ note that this is a never-before-seen-or-squenced, no-close-relatives feral strain.]

I just sold my software company but not before using royalties from Hewlett-Packard to buy and then donate to the Smithsonian’s Museum of African-American History & Culture:

I could go on & on but you’d think I was making sh*t up if I did. Buy me a beer…

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
LeBlanc CNE, Inc. is not my first startup. The usual entrepreneurial fits’n’starts I could deal with. The death of my son Coleman threw me for a loop. He as my son, business partner and best friend. It was only because of the love & support shared with me by the canna family that I can continue to do what we started.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with LeBlanc CNE – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
LeBlanc CNE has built a strong reputation over the years. What we do is based on science, pure and simple. We began in the medical marijuana movement and have amassed what we modestly call a “comprehensive seed bank” focusing on CBD cultivars, feral hemp from around the world and landrace cannabis.

We are known for our preparations including whole plant tinctures and topical oil. Everything has been tested by the same lab over the years. No, we don’t use isolate or distillate. We’re the real deal. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished to date (and we ain’t done yet…)

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We’re expanding our hemp farm this year and continuing to help jump-start African-American hemp farmers. More research on feral hemp cultivars including further genetic sequencing and field trials. Continuing to assist Clemson University with their three-year field trials. I have a book deal as well that I’m really, really jazzed about.

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