Guests at my wedding definitely snuck off to recreate with cannabis just as I have occasionally done at other weddings. I used to think that sneaking away was part of the whole cannabis experience but having lived both sides of the coin, parties are SO much better when you can legally recreate with anyone you’d like at any time you’d like. I want every bride, groom and wedding guest to experience that freedom should they want it!
Your background is in television production, and you were the showrunner for one of my favorite cannabis docu-series – “Pot Barons of Colorado”. How did that experience affect your view of the cannabis industry?
Thanks Molly! I’m so touched that you loved the series! Pot Barons forever changed my stance on cannabis. I’ve always been a “go-getter” and while cannabis speaks to the creative in me, growing up, I never wanted to do anything that would hold me back from getting a job. I loved hanging out with my friends while they were high; it’s much easier to be sober around a group of high people than drunk people, but I couldn’t bring myself to smoke. After realizing that the entertainment industry really doesn’t care if you’ve tried cannabis, I loosened up a little bit! I was always in favor of legalization because I knew that it was a harmless plant and that most things we eat and drink on a daily basis are processed and way worse for you than cannabis but I had no idea HOW DIFFERENT legal cannabis is from the illegal market.
I didn’t believe medicinal cannabis was real until I met countless cancer survivors and other severely ill mothers, children and people from all walks of life who shared their stories about how awful their life on prescription drugs were until someone in their life begged them to try cannabis. The cannabis industry is so tightly regulated in legal states that it’s safer to be in a dispensary than it is a supermarket! Unlike your dealer’s basement, every plant on the market gets an RFID tag and is tracked by the government from seed to sale. In Colorado, all cannabis transportation is manifested so the government knows when it’s going to the lab and when you go to a dispensary to get cannabis from a budtender, it’s given to you in childproof packaging with lab results specific to the actual plant on your container so you not only know what strain you’re getting, but the cannabinoid ratios as well! I was a cheerleader and gymnast and have a lot of residual shoulder damage so strains with higher CBN counts typically take away my shoulder pain.
Were you interested in entering the cannabis industry before “Pot Barons”, or was that your first introduction into the world of legal cannabis?
Pot Barons was definitely my entry into the cannabis industry. I was the president of my high school SADD club for two years so this endeavor is definitely a huge shock for many people in my life but it’s something that I believe in. Now I’m making up for lost time!
You recently held a contest giving away a free weed wedding in Colorado. What are the most unique ways to utilize cannabis in a wedding?
You can light up in your limo, put buds in your bouquet, hotbox your hotel, serve a bud bar along with your open bar and create ganja gift bags! If you click through the vendors section of our website, you’ll see the earlier adapters to the movement who are all willing to create endless new possibilities for you!
What is your best piece of advice for people who are interested in becoming cannabis entrepreneurs?
The cannabis industry is still federally illegal and state laws change RAPIDLY. If you’re going to get in, you have to truly LOVE what you and believe in your message. EDUCATE YOURSELF on the legal market and learn to solve a problem. Accept the fact that not everyone will be 100% behind you right now, but if you’re doing something that you truly believe in, the industry will welcome you with open arms!
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