Our Mission & Promise To You
MEET THE TEAM
Luke Dandrea, CEO
Ryan Fontana, COO
John Saternow, Head of Business Development
Jack Gashi, President of Sales
To All Cultivators:
Our story started in clones. But what we soon realized was that the entire marijuana and hemp industry (clones, seeds, biomass, flower, isolate, distillate, etc.) needed a change for the better.
It all started when we lost $8,300 on a clone pick up. One can’t inspect all the plants with a microscope at the time of sale; you don’t always have time for full inspection and it’s not always convenient to bring the necessary tools to a common meet-up area. But when we did get home to fully inspect with fine detail, we soon realized that all the plants had spider mites and had to be thrown out.
$8,300 GONE. AND EVEN WORSE, THE GROWER BLOCKED OUR NUMBER.
We were angry, but more so we were motivated to let others know never to buy from this grower. But there was no platform to hold this grower accountable for how he handled his business. It was in this moment we realized that buyers needed a place to turn that offered the strain versatility they desired but also could be a trusted source for their purchasing needs and business goals. We wanted to become the premier cannabis marketplace, both hemp and marijuana, where accountability was the above all requirement for entry.
In its current state, the cannabis clone industry operates through buyers turning to websites like Craigslist and short-sighted brokering websites to purchase clones. Within our own research, we found that there were over 250 growers serving California and 75 of those growers had websites that say they carry verified plants. As we dug deeper, we found that a mere 5% had the paperwork to prove verification.
Dispensaries, co-ops, and medical practices spend thousands of dollars on a specific cultivar that their customers request only to find out the plant was mislabeled. Every clone is 4-8 inches and green. There are over 1,000 cultivars. The buyer won’t know what they truly have until 3 months pass and the plant has flowered. This puts the buyer at a serious risk with their customers if the clone isn’t the cultivar they paid for.
We believe this lack of accountability of labeling and overall plant quality is the biggest problem in the industry. It’s time for the talented and professional cultivators be brought to the surface to thrive, and those bad cultivators get weeded out.
LOSING MONEY ISN’T FUN, BUT WE’RE GLAD IT HAPPENED TO US.
Without that experience, we never would have set out to create a fair marketplace that incentivizes only those cultivators that share our long-term vision of bringing legitimacy to the marijuana and hemp industry. That is why it is our mission to vet every single cultivator that wishes to enter our marketplace to ensure that they meet our high standards so that you, the buyer, never have to experience what we did.
Our promise to our customers is that we will maintain our relentless pursuit to only partner with the best hemp and marijuana cultivators. We are all human. Mistakes will happen. But how mistakes are handled and how tough decisions to do the right thing are made will be the deciding factor of who we keep in our marketplace for future buyers.
It is for that reason that we ask you, the buyer, to share your experience from each purchase so that we can ensure our cultivators are truly held accountable. Clone Connect strives to empower every visitor to our marketplace; you are as equally as important to creating transparency to this gray area within cannabis.
If we all play our part, together we can create the accountability the cannabis industry deserves.
The Clone Connect Team