Marijuana Business Magazine | February 2020 88 HEMP INDUSTRY GAME CHANGER FRONT RANGE BIOSCIENCES Lafayette, Colorado Front Range Biosciences works with partners in California, Colorado, Wisconsin and Barcelona to help growers achieve their yield and potency goals. This company is in the process of adding a tissue culture laboratory and research facility in California, and its “clean stock” program was created to reduce the need for pesticides and prevent soil depletion. SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES NATIVE ROOTS CANNABIS CO. Denver In 2019, Native Roots adopted new cultivation vessels to minimize the amount of soil needed to grow each marijuana plant. The company also transitioned its 1-gram and one-eighth containers to Calyx, a recyclable packaging that uses an enzyme to break down in landfills when not recycled, saving about 600,000 containers per year. GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY BERKELEY PATIENTS GROUP Berkeley, California Since its founding in 1999 by a group of HIV/AIDS and cannabis reform activists, Berkeley Patients Group has been involved in nearly every state and local policy initiative and legislative reform effort in California. The dispensary is also a regular contributor to a variety of social causes and organizations such as Americans for Safe Access and the Helping Hands program. General Counsel Lara DeCaro, left, and Sabrina Fendrick, chief public affairs officer, accept a Community Impact Award on behalf of Berkeley Patients Group. Sierra McDonald, product development manager, from left, Dr. Jonathan Vaught, CEO; Erin Manning, marketing manager, and Ray French, vice president of business development, take home the Hemp Industry Game Changer Award for Front Range Biosciences. Native Roots Director of Public Affairs Shannon Fender, left, accepts the award with Ryan Brown, chief executive officer.