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It’s no secret that quality plant material produces quality extracts, but challenges lie in ensuring this quality and finding the right extractor to work with, according to Pete Patterson, co-founder and chief operating officer of Vitalis Extraction Technology, a Canada-based engineering and manufacturing company that produces industrial supercritical CO2 extraction systems for the cannabis industry.

Here, Patterson offers tips on growing cannabis for and selling it to an extractor to ensure quality, consistency and solid relationships between cultivator and processor.

1. What you put in is what you get out.

First and foremost, Patterson says, the amount of effort and quality a grower puts into his or her cultivation process determines the quality of the end product.

“It’s always going to be a consideration of the quality of the plant material, outdoor vs. indoor [or] greenhouse,” he says.

Pesticides are also a big factor in extraction, Patterson adds. Most states require that cannabis

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