One of my business partners called me from Nevada and told me he was coming up to Seattle to visit family. He wanted to visit a legal WA state licensed cannabis farm. Specifically one grown with sustainable practices.
I called a friend and his first recommendation was Canna Organix in Sequim WA, home of the Lavender Festival.
Canna Organix was happy to make time to give us a walk through tour of the farm. Seven days later we were on a road road trip through acres of evergreen forests. We arrived in Sequim after a three hour drive from Seattle. Following the advice of Google Maps we found ourselves at the end of a dead end road where we met someone that was able to guide us to our destination. He told us to follow our nose. Excellent advice.
We soon pulled up to the farm and with the windows down, we knew we had arrived at our destination. Wendy and Steve (two of the founders) came out to greet us and soon introduced us to the Canna Organix family. Highly educated, hard working and happy. I was feeling the positive vibes. Kyle is the Master Grower on the farm and he clearly knows what he is doing… with the help of his team of course.
Canna Organix produces incredible cannabis and concentrates. We walked through hundreds of plants in their greenhouse to look at some of their favorite strains and also a sneak peek at some upcoming exclusive genetics they are about to release. Exciting!
Not only do they produce incredible herb at Canna Organix they also breed for new genetics. Get ready for some exciting new strains from the Canna Organix team.
(Side note. I picked up a cartridge from Canna Organix at HWY420 in Silverdale on my way home, “OMGuava”. The terps were amazing. Great body high. I highly recommend.)
Where to find Canna Organix cannabis products? Click Here for their store locator.
SM: Your joint packaging is fully recyclable. Is that a goal for most or all of your packaging in the future?
CO: yes. Some say glass is a good choice, but our research shows,even with recycling glass, the cost of production/shipping does not make it the most “eco-frienldy” option either as an industry standard.
SM: I believe I heard the statement “We don’t grow pot we grow people” during my visit. Could you tell me more about your business philosophy?
CO: We push ourselves and those around us to improve on everything we do! We don’t settle for average or good enough- this motivates and pushes us to “grow” as individuals, as a team, and as company.
SM: You have a very happy team. What do you do to keep your team smiling? (BBQ’s etc?)
CO: Everyone on our team has passion for life, so having a team of folks committed to excellence for starters helps! We have worked to keep our staff as small as possible, this way, we can pay living wages to a kick-ass crew- no weak links here! In fact, kicking-ass is an essential part of everyone’s job requirement here- part of the Employee Handbook handed out on day 1! We have snacks always available, meet once a month to either discuss company news and/or simply be together as a crew. Our trim shift leader throws down some mean cuisine for every meeting. Last month we had a “rib off”. Three of of our crew members grilled up their special recipes. Then we scored em’- delicious and fun! We joke. We laugh. We support each other- at work and/ or outside of work if need be. Yes, its work, but also our lives, so try to have some fun with it in addition to growing chronic! We’ve got world-class humor on our staff too- that helps. Our staff’s feedback and opinion matter immensely, so we keep an open door that welcome’s feedback and transparency. Yes, we offer bonuses at times too!
SM: Who are the top five retailers that support your business and team
CO: Clutch Cannabis in Seattle; Paper & Leaf on Bainbridge Island; Emerald Leaves in Tacoma, The Hidden Bush and Karma Cannabis out here on the Peninsula, but we love them all!
SM: Do you have any advice for business owners in other states that are about to enter a very similar market?
CO: If you’re in it for the money, stop now, it’s not what you think…
(I asked Wendy a handful of questions that were a little more fun)
SM: If you were an animal what would it be?
CO: We’d be cats riding unicorns
SM: What’s your favorite Cannaorganix strain and why?
CO: Some in house faves are the Gelato, Sunset Sherbert, and Gorilla Glue #4.
SM: What is your favorite thing to do when elevated?
CO: Everything. Eat. Dance. Sing. Walk/hike. Be outside. Create something.
SM: Wax or flower preference?
CO: You’re going to make me pick? lol… Depends on the effect I am going for. Flower. Our concentrates are a great evening choice for myself.
SM: Can you describe your first experience?
CO: Oh, I don’t remember- thats a joke…No, I think I remember laughing a lot and eating some crap ho-ho’s or something or like multiple packages of ho-ho’s.
SM: If you were a terpene which would you be and why?
CO: I wouldn’t choose to live life as a terpene, as then I could not smoke and enjoy myself.
Overall the trip was excellent. The drive was beautiful. And we met a bunch of wonderful, hard working cannabis professionals.
This industry is a myth buster in many ways. Cannabis is rather harmless and when legalized it provides jobs and value to the community.
Also… stoners work VERY hard!