We understand that some breeders are upset about strains being sold on our website that they claim belong to them. We take these allegations seriously. The strains in question are sold in many seed banks around the world and have been for years. Rocket Seeds is an experienced seed bank. We have a close relationship with many cannabis seed breeders, enabling their strains to be sold to the masses.
Before the seed industry can move forward, we must learn about the past.
Many of the strains seen in California today were created from genetics sourced from British Columbia in the 90’s – some, also, from the UK, Spain and the Netherlands. In particular, Vancouver’s Marc Emery Seeds was a prolific provider of genetics to growers in California between 1994-2005. This company was closed by the DEA in 2005; Marc was found guilty of shipping cannabis seeds to the USA and served 5 years in prison. Marc’s co-accused Greg Williams made this statement in 2010 regarding their “overgrow” years selling cannabis seeds to the USA:
“In that time, we sent seeds to every corner of the planet and I would like to think that we played a role in what would eventually overgrow the governments in Colorado, Washington and Alaska. Beyond donating thousands of dollars to help with their ballot initiatives, we sent huge numbers of seeds to those states. It’s an honor to know that many of those strains are now being sold legally in shops, as well as lending genetics to make the new and exciting strains that are winning awards all over the world.”
Rocket Seeds has a strong relationship with multiple breeders around the world. Our breeders have been with us since 2008, and we are always looking for more talented breeders to join our mission of selling cannabis seeds globally. We do our due diligence on the strains we carry before purchasing them and releasing them to the public. Before putting a strain on our website, we ask breeders to declare the lineage or source of their strains. An old-school unwritten rule in the seed industry is to not use the strain name others are using if not given or granted permission.
If you are a breeder who sells seeds to the public, you should have a reasonable expectation that your seeds could be bought by a European breeder, bred and sold back to other seed companies such as Rocket Seeds. When you sell your genetics, you cannot control what the buyer does with said genetics. If one of your buyers decides to breed and sell the seeds from their plants, that is your buyer’s right. The same goes for anything sold by our company; our own genetics have been crossed and sold around the world by thousands of growers. So, we ask: why aren’t the breeders of parent genetics mentioned in a new genetic strain description? Do they not deserve credit for all the hard work they did for you to create this strain?
Rocket Seeds has partnered with Seed Tracker Technology (STT) to be the first seed bank to allow any breeder that sells seeds of any kind to have personalized QR codes on their packaging. This is to create a growing community that the industry has never seen. This QR code will allow you to scan each seed pack and show you the lineage, the planting and harvesting dates, and date the seeds were packaged, along with tips and tricks from breeders to growers.