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How Will The California Wine Industry Be Impacted By The Growing Legalization Of Recreational Cannabis Consumption?

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It’s an exciting time to be someone who uses cannabis, whether you fancy yourself a connoisseur, or whether you’re a casual recreational user, or whether you mainly use cannabis for explicitly medicinal purposes. The political climate right now is more favorable towards cannabis than at any point in decades, nearly a dozen states have legalized it, and with more research and innovation, there are a simply staggering number of different products hitting the market.

Basically, as an increasing number of states have embraced legalized recreational cannabis in recent years, that’s created myriad new opportunities for collaboration and intersection with the food and beverage industries. The cannabis wave has also, however, raised some questions and uncertainty over what impact it might have on the alcohol business, particularly the wine industry, which needless to say is a major economic force in the state of California.

The Current State of Legalization

Today, 33 States and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Another 11 states have legalized recreational cannabis, and 15 states along with the U.S Virgin Islands have moved to decriminalization. 

It’s also clear that cannabis grows on both sides of the political aisle, with a strong majority of Democrats supporting legalization, and nearly half of Republicans supporting it too. In short, after decades of political intractability, this is an issue that seems primed for rapid, widespread progress in the next several years.

With cannabis on the rise as a legal consumer good, it’s piqued interest from some big players: notably, Constellation Brands, the Arizona Brand, Marlboro/Altria, Lagunitas Brewing Company/Heineken International, and The Family Coppola, who have all invested in the industry to varying capacities. 

3rd Annual Wine and Weed Symposium 

With so many parallel industries so clearly getting ready to join in on the cannabis action, it’s no surprise that many people are wondering what’s next. After all, cannabis and wine do seem like a natural pairing; whether you’re searching for the perfect finish on a Pinot Noir, or looking for that perfect terpene profile, there’s a lot that wine-lovers and cannabis aficionados can share in common.

It was in service of finding those common causes that the 3rd Annual Wine & Weed Symposium took place in Santa Rosa, CA on August 8th. The event brought together industry professionals from both sides to explore the impact cannabis is having on wine, and to explore what might be ahead.

The event kicked-off with a keynote from Corey Beck, the CEO of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, who shared “experiences from his twenty-plus years in the wine industry and his unique insight into the collaborations that are possible between wine and cannabis.” Specifically, as the Wine Industry Network noted in its coverage of the event, Beck touted the winery’s recently launched “The Grower’s Series, a cannabis lifestyle brand with a limited edition collection featuring three unique 100% organic cannabis flower strains.”

Throughout the day over 500 attendees enjoyed a wide array of discussion topics covering the impact on wine sales in legal states, beverage industry’s investment in cannabis, cannabis consumer purchasing trends, marketing lessons learned from cannabis, and a talk about women finding their way into the cannabis space, a crucial element of forming a representative industry. In fact, our own companies — Nice Guys Delivery and Nice Guys Distribution — were co-founded by Monica Gray, a leader at the forefront of the local cannabis industry.

Monica Gray and other panel members at the 2019 Meadowlands Cannabis Event

Monica Gray and other panel members at the 2019 Meadowlands Cannabis Event

Drilling Into Consumer Buying Trends

The symposium’s discussion on consumer trends, given by BDS Analytics Vice President of Consumer Insights Jessica Lukas, drew a lot of attention. Her talk was titled “The Cannabis Impact on Wine,” and she used her platform to reveal some interesting data tracking how marijuana is affecting the beverage industry. And while cannabis is a booming, nascent industry, she gave some useful perspective on just how big a market gap still exists between the two. Namely, as the Wine Industry Network detailed in its coverage of the event, while the US cannabis market is huge, it still pales in comparison to the U.S. alcohol market, which is almost 14 times larger.

In the states with the longest history of legal adult-use cannabis sales, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, alcohol sales don’t currently seem to be affected by the legalization of recreational cannabis. “In most cases, it would appear that both alcohol and cannabis sales are growing together.” Whether this coexistence would be impacted  by nationwide legalization, however, remains to be seen.

Cannabis Beverages Are On Everyone’s Mind

When thinking about the different ways cannabis could impact wine, it seems that the most direct form of competition comes from the cannabis beverage category which is part of the larger edibles category. Edibles currently comprise 15 percent of the overall legal cannabis market, and beverages are 6 percent of that. One impediment to beverage sales has been flavor, which can be a challenge given the distinct and at-times overpowering scent and taste of cannabis; although plenty of people grow to love it, it’s not necessarily an instant crowd-pleaser for newcomers. 

According to Lukas, these taste concerns are the “number one consumer driver for this category.” It will be interesting to see what new products are rolled out in the years to come, and whether consistently palatable to exceptional flavors begin to thrive in the market.

Lukas also said there was a “large percentage of people, who presumably used to think of a particular social or recreational occasion as purely a wine occasion, but now consider that it could be either a wine or cannabis occasion.” It’s key to understand that cannabis is currently burdened by additional regulations hindering people from consuming it in public places like bars and restaurants, even beyond the kinds of open container laws that prohibit alcohol consumption in public spaces.

As cannabis grows and integrates into society it will continue to shed its stigma, with more states turning online, it will no doubt have an impact on alcohol. 

Instead of worrying about the market share cannabis could take from the alcohol industry, it seems more pragmatic to seek ways to align with the marijuana industry. After all, the potential for competition is obvious; as more and more people learn about the potential benefits of cannabis on health and society, momentum behind legalization will build even further. The question is how well these two industries might coexist with each other, or even in some ways complement each other.

There are some interesting parallels within the cannabis and wine space from a regulatory perspective, too . Both industries know what it’s like to endure prohibition, they’ve each been heavily regulated, and just like wine appellations, cannabis is working with the CDFA (California Department of Food and Agriculture) to establish its own set of appellations. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, cannabis cultivators can look forward to a system in place no later than January 1st, 2021.

How do you feel about the intersection of wine and cannabis? If you have any thoughts or comments, please leave them below! We love to hear from our readers!

Written by: Dan Osterman

Understanding the Differences Between the Cannabis Plants

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When it comes to shopping for cannabis, you will see that it is often broken down into two strains: indica and sativa. These two types of strains not only look different, but also are believed to provide different effects. 

  • Indica: This type of strain has stout, broad leaves, and is often said to be more relaxing and physically sedating. These are perfect for relaxing before bed or to enjoy a movie. If you are looking for this type of strain, the Nice Guys PreRoll: Indica - 1.2g is for you.  

  • Sativa: This type of strain has tall, narrow leaves and is often said to be more uplifting and goes well with physical activity and social gatherings. If you are looking for this type of strain, the Nice Guys PreRoll: Sativa - 1.2g is for you.

While cannabis is often grouped into these two groups, most strains are actually a hybrid between the two, and it is very rare to find a plant that is not a cross between the two. Instead they can be categorized by whichever is more dominant. If they are more evenly crossed, that type of strain is called a hybrid. If you are looking for this type of strain, the Nice Guys PreRoll: Hybrid - 1.2g

If you are just entering the world of cannabis, you may be confused. But don’t worry. When you come to our shop that serves the San Rafael and Mill Valley, CA area, let us know what kind of experience you are looking for and we can give you our recommendation. You can also view our FAQs and our Cannabis 101 booklet for more information.

Nice Guys Is Proud To Be Marin County's Local Cannabis Choice

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We’re a locally-owned business serving the entire county, from the hills of Sausalito, to the streets of Novato, to the shores of Stinson Beach, and everywhere in between.

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Nice Guys Is Proud To Be Marin County's Local Cannabis Choice

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In the years since we were founded, Nice Guys Delivery has been driven by a singular desire: to help the people of Marin County get what they want, and what they need, in cannabis. It’s a labor of passion for us, both in serving a community that we deeply love and owe so much to, and in raising awareness of the countless benefits of one of the world’s oldest and most therapeutic herbs. And that’s why we couldn’t be prouder or more thankful that Nice Guys Delivery is a Marin local cannabis business, and we’re so excited for what’s ahead.

We’re a locally-owned business serving the entire county, from the hills of Sausalito, to the streets of Novato, to the shores of Stinson Beach, and everywhere in between. Our staff of friendly and experienced drivers and dispatchers—many of them born and raised right here in the county—are available seven days a week to bring you a wide array of some of the finest flowers, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and assorted cannabis goods on the market today. 

Needless to say, recreational and medicinal cannabis is a booming industry in California, which on its own is a world-class economic power — it would, in fact, be the world’s fifth-largest economy if it were its own country. And, as with any exploding new sector of the economy, there’s a tremendous amount of money flooding into the market, with new companies and exciting new products popping up left and right.

Some companies are active all throughout the state, serving incredibly wide areas with no particular or specific rooting in any one city, town, or county. Some are backed by enormous amounts of venture capital funding. Some of them use independent contractors or third-party drivers to avoid employing their own team, farming the work out to people they don’t know as well, in communities with which they have no familiarity. Long-term, these kinds of practices work to suffocate small businesses, to the benefit of large corporations looking to dominate local markets.

At Nice Guys Delivery, we take a different approach. We were founded right here in Marin, a family business built from the ground up through the diligence of our team, and we employ a reliable, friendly, knowledgeable, and discreet stable of both full and part-time employees. And we love every moment of providing the people of Marin with quick, efficient, responsive, and compassionate cannabis delivery. 

You can order online from the privacy and convenience of your laptop or mobile device, or you can call up the office with any questions or suggestions or requests. The most important thing to us is that the people of Marin have access to the finest cannabis products, both in the times you want them, and the times you need them.

In short, whether you’re a longtime cannabis user, or whether you’re coming to it later in life and want some advice on how to make it work for you, we’re ready and waiting to help with any questions, suggestions, or requests you have. And between our 25 percent discount for new members, our loyalty rewards program, and our 10 percent discount for veterans and customers age 65 and up, there’s never been a better time to become part of our extended family. So thanks, Marin, for a wonderful couple of years. Here’s to many more!

Written by: Nice Guys Delivery Staff

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Democrats And Republicans Are Getting Bipartisan On Cannabis, It's Just A Matter Of Time

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Democrats And Republicans Are Getting Bipartisan On Cannabis

It's Just A Matter Of Time

Cannabis Is Slicing Through Political Lines

Don’t look now, but you may be living in the most promising moment for cannabis in decades of American politics. Throughout U.S. history, combative and contentious political battles have been a more or less permanent aspect of our lives, and the lives of our friends and loved ones. But even amid one of the most polarized climates in recent memory, some issues are still managing to slice through traditional political lines, such as the incredibly promising amount of bipartisan support for cannabis legalization from Democrats and Republicans alike.

Your memory doesn’t have to stretch too far back to get some perspective on just how much the political landscape around cannabis has shifted, and how relatively quickly its happened. Since 2012, a full 11 states have embraced cannabis legalization, a feat that would’ve seemed like the longest of long shots just a decade ago. 

Specifically, Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington are now legal states, with 19 more enacting some form of medicinal cannabis law. Some states, however, explicitly only allow non-psychoactive CBD for medicinal use, imposing strict limits on the allowable percentage of THC.

There’s no denying that the Democratic Party has been more institutionally supportive of legalization to date than the Republicans, who’ve historically been more hostile to the idea. This is reflected in the prevailing politics of the states where cannabis has been legalized; by and large, they’re states with fairly liberal voting populations, though Alaska stands out as a stark exception.

But, despite historical divides between liberals and conservatives on the issue, some recent polling is pointing towards what countless cannabis activists and advocates have been dreaming of for decades: a growing bipartisan consensus in favor of legalizing one of the world’s oldest and most therapeutic herbs.

More Americans Than Ever Are In Support Of Legalizing Cannabis

According to a survey conducted by the highly regarded Pew Research Center in late 2018, some 62 percent of Americans now support legalizing cannabis, a solid majority that would have seemed impossible a few decades ago. According to Pew’s data, 69 percent of registered Democrats support legalization, and while it still hasn’t quite reached majority support among registered Republicans, it’s very close, with 45 percent voicing approval.

These numbers are simply staggering in a historical context. In 1990, Pew found that 81 percent of Americans opposed legalizing cannabis, and that’s a scale of majority opinion that’s pretty rare in modern U.S. politics.

The cross-ideological appeal of cannabis becomes even more clear when you factor in independents who lean Republican. Pew found that 59 percent of Republican-leaning independents broke in favor of legalization, which is not necessarily surprising; Libertarians typically identify more closely with conservatism than liberalism, and an end to America’s “war on drugs” has long been a Libertarian goal. The survey also found that legalization enjoys support from people of all levels of educational achievement, whether you’ve got a postgraduate degree (63 percent support) or stopped your schooling following high school (53 percent support).

A bipartisan cross-section of high-profile political leaders have spoken out in support of ending the federal ban, too, perhaps most prominently former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner. The former Ohio congressman spent his entire career in elected office officially opposed to legalization, but ultimately changed his mind after retiring from politics in 2015 and joining the board of a cannabis company

The cynical view, of course, could be that some politicos like Boehner are now opening up to the notion of legalization since (a) it’s clearly gaining momentum, and (b) there’s a lot of money to be made. But whatever the reasons for these leaders coming together around cannabis (although not literally, as Boehner has stated he doesn’t personally consume), the building of a bipartisan coalition should be music to the ears of anyone who considers nationwide legalization a top priority.

In July, the U.S. Congress held bipartisan hearings on removing cannabis from the federal government’s list of Schedule 1 drugs, a move which would effectively clear the way for any state in the country to implement a regulatory structure and move forward with legal use. To say this would be a massive leap forward in cannabis law would be an understatement. But even shy of nationwide legalization, some GOP legislators are signaling much more openness to reform than they did in the 1990’s, or even in the early-aughts. 

Republican representative Matt Gaetz, an extremely conservative legislator from Florida’s deep-red 1st congressional district, is a prime example. Gaetz has specifically backed the States Act, which would protect cannabis businesses from federal interference provided they operate under the legal regulatory statutes of their states. 

As if to hammer home just how much this issue is blowing apart traditional political lines, the list of congresspeople supporting this bill ranges from Gaetz on the right, to Democratic senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, one of the most liberal members of her party, on the left. 

The DEA’s enforcement of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, which began with the passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, has led to literally millions of arrests and imprisonments for simple consumption, and it’s been even worse for African-Americans, who are arrested and prosecuted for cannabis use at roughly three times the rate white users are. Racial inequities in the prosecution of drug offenses has long been a hot-button political issue, including the question of expunging the records of people previously convicted on cannabis-related charges.

In short, the political climate has perhaps never been more ripe for bipartisan action on cannabis, at least not since the Controlled Substances Act came into effect in 1970. And there’s good reason to think positive developments could be on the horizon. 

Of course, for those people living in states where cannabis is still outlawed, that bipartisan consensus can’t come fast enough. Despite a long history as a healing herb used by cultures dating back centuries, bolstered by promising scientific research into its various medicinal effects, there are still 17 states which do not even have medicinal cannabis laws on the books.

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Book Review: "What's Growing in Grandma's Garden" by Susan Soares

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If you’re a parent who uses cannabis, it’s possible that at some point, you’ve experienced some uncertainty in how to talk to your children about it. But with a sweet and eloquent children’s story, What’s Growing in Grandma’s Garden, author Susan Soares has provided any parent who finds themselves in this situation with a helping hand.

“My Grandmother loves plants,” says a young boy, visiting his grandma’s sprawling garden. “She has lots of them. When I come over to her house we like to work together in her garden. She says that she has two green thumbs. They look normal to me.” This is sweet, because it sounds exactly like how a child would say it. When reading her words, I can almost hear my niece’s voice in my ear, trying to tell me about Grandma’s green thumbs.

The book is kind, and aesthetically inviting, looking like any children’s book you might see sitting on the shelf in a kindergarten classroom. You wouldn’t immediately know it had anything whatsoever to do with cannabis, save for a short description on the lower left-hand corner of the cover. In fact, the majority of the book’s words and illustrations are about the bond between a grandparent and grandchild, grown from a mutual love of nurturing a garden.

But in just 24 pages, Soares crafts a believable story that helps frame cannabis as a natural, healing medicine, even though it’s not necessarily for little kids. She tells her grandchild that he can look at the plant, but not touch it, and when he asks why, she explains in an honest and clear way, one that treats him with respect, while making it clear where the boundaries are.

“She tells him his brain is still growing just like the plants in the garden,” Soares writes, “and that he needs to feed it the right things to grow strong and fast like a supercomputer.” 

It would be easy for Grandma to avoid answering the question—there probably isn’t a parent alive who doesn’t know the feeling of deftly tip-toeing around a question from a curious young mind, after all. But instead, she communicates her message in a way the boy can understand. She is patient, and even draws a brain so the child can picture what she is saying. 

This story provides a fantastic model for parents to educate their kids about cannabis, and it gives them an easy way to understand it from their own perspective. Rather than fearing something they don’t know, or having to slowly cobble together an understanding of what cannabis is through their own experiences or through the media, Soares’ story empowers kids to be more informed. And in providing an easy entry point to a conversation that some might find awkward or uncertain, she provides a tremendous service to parents, as well.

Show Notes: #011 Lance Lambert from Boveda - Learn How to Protect Your Flower with the Worlds 1st two-way Humidity Control Pack

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EP. 011 Features an interview with Lance Lambert from Boveda - Learn How to Protect Your Flower with the Worlds 1st two-way Humidity Control Pack

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Learn how to protect your investment and properly store cannabis

Episode 11 is featuring an interview with the Head of Herbal at Boveda, Lance Lambert. Lance is a cannasseur with Marin County roots so we thought it would be great to get him on the show.  

Boveda is the World's 1st two-way humidity control pack and in today's episode you're going to learn how long a pack typically lasts, who should use the product, how to know what size to use, and much more.

We talk about the preferred "relative humidity" of flower and Lance tells me how Boveda has sent a product into space with NASA. This episode is full of valuable content. After I got home from recording this episode I placed Boveda packs in each of my jars of flowers.

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Recreational Marijuana in Conjunction with a Healthy Lifestyle

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Though it may get some bad press, cannabis is healthier than most people think, and it can easily be a part of a healthy lifestyle.  It could provide you with the energy to start your day, help you reduce stress, and even help you maintain your weight. In states where cannabis is legal, a variety of marijuana products are used to help those who suffer from PTSD, stress, glaucoma, cancer, depression, migraines, and much more.

One of the most valuable benefits cannabis offers is its ability to improve our overall attitude and allows us to create a harmonious balance between body and mind. It’s never been easier to say “yes” to this versatile plant – here’s why.

Enhances Your Emotional State – Many people use marijuana recreationally to help regulate their mood. The right ratio of THC and CBD can lift your spirits, instill positive energy, and heighten your overall mood.

Helps Manage Stress – CBD is the second-most abundant and non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. When used properly, it can be a great tool for stress management. Those who feel a little anxious when using marijuana can look for strains that have a lower THC percentage and higher CBD percentage. (We carry edibles, tea, sublingual strips, drops & more with a high CBD percentage)

Helps You Sleep Better – Getting a good night’s sleep is an important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are strains of marijuana you can enjoy recreationally that will impact the way you sleep in a positive way. One cannabinoid, CBN (Cannabinol), eases insomnia and can help you achieve deep, restful sleep.

Can Get You Moving – There are two well-known variations when it comes to recreational marijuana, indica, and sativa. Indica-dominant strains will provide you with a more relaxing feeling whereas a sativa-dominant strain can boost your energy and motivate you to be active. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, choose a sativa strain.

Keeps Up Your Metabolism – A study completed by the American Journal of Medicine found that there was a connection between the presence of cannabinoids and metabolism. The study found that people who used cannabis have lower obesity rates and a healthier response to sugars.

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The environment, your mindset, diet, the type of strain, method of consumption as well as the amount taken are all major factors in your overall experience. At Nice Guys Delivery, we offer a wide selection of medical and recreational marijuana products for you to choose from.

We are one of the few licensed cannabis delivery services operating in San Rafael, Mill Valley, Novato, and northern San Francisco. We carry brands including Flow Kana, Bubonic, Bloom Farms, Woodwide Farms, State Flower, Willie's Reserve, Lowell Herb Co. and also offer Nice Guys PreRoll options. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. If you want more information about recreational marijuana, read our eBook!

Show Notes: #009 State of the Supply Chain | A Cannabis Industry Panel from Meadowlands 2019

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Show Notes: #009 State of the Supply Chain | A Cannabis Industry Panel from Meadowlands 2019


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Episode 009 is brought to you from Meadowlands 2019 Cannabis Conference. 

This conversation is wide-ranging and covers the State of the Supply Chain for the licensed California Cannabis Industry.

Listen to Ryan Bush (Head of Partnerships, Meadow) moderate a talk about the Supply Chain with Casey O'Neill (Farmer & Feral Visionary, Happy Day Farms), Jerred Kiloh (Owner, The Higher Path & President, UCBA Trade Association), Monica Gray (COO, Nice Guys Delivery & Distribution), Lauren Fraser (Board Director, Cannabis Distribution Association), Kristi Knoblich-Palmer (Co-Founder, Kiva Confections), & Dr. Swetha Kaul (Chief Scientific Officer, Cannalysis)

A Few Topics Covered:

  1. They talk about how the regulatory process has treated them so far.

  2. Listen to them talk about the evolution of their businesses, as well as what they hope to see happen in the future.

  3. Metric - Is it a scary monster or is it not that bad? A couple panel members have experience working with metric already so you'll get to listen to their thoughts on it.

  4. Learn about some of the lesser know challenges each cannabis business owner is facing

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    2. Social Media Restrictions

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Show Notes: #008 Meadowlands: cannabis and parenting, the supply chain, and building the legal cannabis industry

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Show Notes: #008 Meadowlands: A talk between David Hua and Monica Gray

We discuss cannabis and parenting, the supply chain, and building the legal cannabis industry

Listen to episode #008 of the Not Your Average Nice Guys Podcast by clicking play on the widget below. In todays episode we talk about cannabis and parenting, aspects of the supply chain, challenges cannabis license holders have faced since legalization in 2018, and much more.

Welcome to episode 008 of the Not Your Average Nice Guys Podcast, where it is our goal to remove the fear out of marijuana and educate our listeners on the validated benefits of cannabis for health and society. 

This episode features a conversation between Meadow CEO & Co-Founder, David Hua, myself, and Monica Gray, who is COO & Co-Founder of Nice Guys Delivery and Distribution. 

Both David and Monica are parent's too young children while also owning and operating legal cannabis businesses. You'll hear them talk about what that experience has been like for them and their families while drawing a lot of similarities between owning a cannabis business and being a parent. 

We talk about different aspects of the supply chain, and also how cannabis is a sort of magnet for some really incredible people.

Our conversation takes place at Camp Navarro in Mendocino for the 2nd Annual Meadowlands Event. Meadowlands is an annual retreat designed to build a united and collaborative cannabis community. I really enjoyed it because we were surrounded by giant Redwoods and were left without service. It was a really wonderful time connecting with friends, new and old, from within the cannabis industry. 

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Recap: Meadowlands - A gathering for the California cannabis industry.

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Our recap of the Meadowlands Cannabis Conference

The second annual Meadowlands cannabis retreat ended with a blaze on Sunday, June 9th, with overhanging marijuana smoke filling the air through Camp Navarro and the Redwood Forests of Mendocino County, CA. Hundreds of cannabis professionals, including the owners of Nice Guys Delivery, were in attendance for this three day cannabis event.

Meadowlands is an annual retreat designed to build a united and collaborative cannabis community. It was created by Meadow - which is a “software company that powers retail and delivery businesses in the legal cannabis industry across California with smart POS software.”

“Meadowlands exists to foster strong alliances up and down the supply chain. We gather in the ancient redwoods of the Emerald Triangle to honor the craft and heritage of Northern California cannabis and value the development of a modern, equitable, sustainable industry built around this powerful, healing plant. We value playful exploration and encourage new ways of thinking to reimagine the world we are collectively building.”

Meadowlands 2019 - Camp Navarro, Mendocino County, CA

Welcome to Meadowlands

This was my first year attending the event. I wasn’t sure what to expect prior to showing up. Part of my job for Nice Guys Delivery is maintaining social media, so I was looking forward to a few days of disconnecting. I’m usually always within reach of my phone.

Prior to the retreat I scheduled my social posts before leaving home and was able to fully dive into the weekend activities without worrying about posting anything.

Have you ever heard of forest bathing? It is a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Forest bathing is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere.”

While surrounded by Redwoods in the Pacific Northwest I enjoyed the pull into nature more than I appreciated anything else about the trip - not to discredit other aspects of the event, it was more that I enjoyed the simplicity of being in nature in such a profound way. Imagine feeling thirsty on a hot day and then quenching your thirst with an ice cold glass of water. That is similar to the joy I felt about camping and being surrounded by large tress, a streaming river and some of the worlds highest quality cannabis currently grown. It elevated my spirit.

I liked sleeping in my tent at night, listening to the sound of the river rushing nearby. Laying in a Redwood grove I felt a connection deeper than words. It was a rejuvenating experience.

In addition I enjoyed the “Regenerative Farming” panel. I fell into tears listening to one of the regenerative cannabis farmers talking about her role as a caretaker of the earth. It was a really unique moment and was one that made me feel grateful to work in an industry that’s founded upon a healing.

The atmosphere at camp was a “comfortable place to have uncomfortable conversations.” (As we release our podcasts documenting the event you will get a sense for what I mean.) One great example of the above statement came when Co-founder of Meadow, David Hua, did a tremendous job interviewing Lori Ajax, chief of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control—the most powerful regulator in cannabis in a final panel to end the weekend.

Camp Navarro sits on 200 acres of natural beauty. Some people slept in tents, others stayed in cabins, and a few slept in their vehicles. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner provided each day, along with snacks and cocktails in the evening. There was a Kombucha bar sponsored by Revive Kombucha that I particularly enjoyed.

Throughout the day we listened to talks from industry leaders and peers. They had a beautiful main stage setup where we joined together and listened to conversations about the state of the industry; we heard people talk about best business practices, what the future of psychedelics and plant medicine might look like, and other really interesting topics.

When we weren’t listening to a talk or filling our bellies, Meadow partnered with other brands to host events like Ganja Yoga with Dee Dussault (Tantra Teacher, Sex Coach, Ganja Yoga Founder); or succulent planting with Flow kana, an Edibles cooking demo, and much more. It was a real à la carte style choose your own adventure kind of thing. I really enjoyed it. It fell directly in alignment with their goal of creating a fun and collaborative space for individuals and families to explore and encourage new ways of thinking.

On Saturday night after it was dark Chemistry held a silent disco located in the Redwood Cathedral. It was a fun excuse for us as adults to dance in a forest of trees.

Also on Saturday but earlier in the day, Monica Gray, who is Nice Guys Delivery COO and Co-founder, had the opportunity to speak on a panel about the cannabis supply chain. In addition to speaking on the panel she made her first appearance on the Not Your Average Nice Guys podcast, by speaking with myself and Meadow CEO, David Hua.

Overall I would say it was a successful weekend. I made some great connections, listened to inspiring talks, and unplugged for a couple days. I recommend Meadowlands for all cannabis industry members looking to take their networking experience to the next level.

Stay tuned for more. I will be releasing a couple podcast episodes with Meadowland content. Thanks for reading!