Grower: Nettles Unlimited (Rikk James Premium Cannabis)
Location: Spokane Valley, Washington
Owner: Rikk James (Fiala)
How did you get into this industry: “I opened a (medical) dispensary in Washington back around 2008, 2009, but it ended up on the shutdown list,” Fiala said. “From there, I decided it would be better to just run a collective garden, which I did until recreational legalization came along. After that I decided I’d rather join them than fight them, so I applied for a grower license – and here I am.”
What sets your farm apart from others: “We offer clean, quality cannabis,” Fiala said. “We make sure our products are flushed properly and we pay close attention to every detail. We don’t grow as big as some other farms so that we can produce higher quality cannabis and spend more time caring for each plant.”
Lighting method: High Pressure Sodium (HPS) full spectrum lights.
Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor grower, tier 2.
Pesticides: “We haven’t used pesticides in a long time, but we did use Azamax for a while,” Fiala said. “We’ve since developed a little secret where we don’t have to use that or other pesticides anymore.”
Soil/Growth medium: Coco fiber
Signature strains: Channel #5, Willie Nelson, Pineapple Express, Pineapple Skunk, Dragon Crack (“It tastes like Fruity Pebbles,” Fiala said proudly), ADAk (a cross of ATF and AK-47 which he calls “Our most flavorful strain. That’s the fire.”).
Other strains or products of note: “We just bought a rosin press, and we’ll be coming out with our Rikk James Rosin line very soon,” Fiala said.
What would you like to see next as the industry evolves: “I’d like to see cannabis federally descheduled,” Fiala said. “Completely descheduling it would be awesome. But certainly at least rescheduling it – it’s not more dangerous than heroin, that’s a ridiculous claim.”