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Show Notes: #007 Heather from Bloom Farms | An Example of a Woman Growing With The Industry

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Heather talks about her experience working in the legal cannabis industry. Learn how Bloom Farms is giving her a chance to live in her passions

Episode 007: Interview with Heather | Account Manager for Bloom Farms

“Legal cannabis is currently the greatest job-creation machine in America. The cannabis workforce increased 21% in 2017. It gained another 44% in 2018. We expect at least another 20% growth in jobs in 2019. That would represent a 110% growth in cannabis jobs in just three years.” - Leafly

 

Welcome to episode 007 of the Not Your Average Nice Guys Podcast, where it is our goal to educate consumers while removing the fear out of marijuana. The show is run by Nice Guys Delivery employees who interview other industry peers to lift the veil of the legal California cannabis industry.


In this episode, we talk to Heather who is an Account Manager for Bloom Farms. She is one of the first vendors Nice Guys Delivery ever worked with when we first opened our doors in 2016, and she is a great example of a professional in the space. We talk about how cannabis is changing the landscape and giving a lot of people opportunities and jobs. The industry offers upward mobility for anyone willing to work.

"You have to be passionate about cannabis to really do this." - Heather

Bloom Farms is a staple in the California cannabis market. One of the reasons we like them so much is because of their desire to be nice and give back to the communities they're serving. They formed a 1-for-1 program that has donated over 1.6 million meals. They partner with 9 local food banks across the state to make this happen. Last year Nice Guys joined Bloom Farms on World Food Day to donate food at the SF Marin Food bank.

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How Cannabis Benefits the Country through tax revenue, job creation, and much more!

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How cannabis benefits society

And improves our communities!

The current landscape of legal cannabis in the United States

The state and local taxes that are implemented with the sale of legal cannabis, helps improve communities. Creating a legal cannabis market is something that could raise the standard of living for millions of Americans across the country. In states where cannabis is legal, government officials are allocating funds to reduce crime, protect the environment, help the homeless, support health care, and fund law enforcement.

Today, 30 states, plus DC, allow medical or recreational sales of cannabis. The legal industry is comprised of mostly small businesses, very much like Nice Guys Delivery, where 10 individuals are employed full-time from our local community. There are between 125,000 – 160,000 people working full time in the legal cannabis industry, and according to MJBizDaily by 2022 there could be upwards to 340,000 full time workers across the country.

Different Ways States Are Improving People’s Lives:

  • Alaska passed a bill which uses half the proceeds received from excise taxes to improve programs intended to reduce the number of repeat criminal offenders.
  • California is planning to use a portion of its tax revenue to fund its environmental restoration programs.
  • Colorado uses some of the funds from the “Marijuana Tax Cash Fund,” to help establish permanent supportive housing and general assistance for homeless and “at-risk” individuals in the state.
  • In the state of Washington, they’ve implemented a strategy to use the tax revenue generated from recreational sales to pay for the state’s public health programs, including Medicaid.
  • Oregon uses tax revenue gained from cannabis to support law enforcement.

In 2017, the legal industry in the United States pulled in nearly $9 billion in tax revenue. Some projections for 2018 are as high as $10 billion, and revenue is expected to reach $22 billion by 2022

Other benefits beyond tax revenue and job creation:

Cannabis across the United States comes with a lot of stigma. People think “pot-smokers” are lazy and often times criminals, causing a push from the legal industry to paint a better image of cannabis-users. Much of this approach is done through community service efforts. For example, in March of last year we hosted a beach clean-up in Marin County at Stinson Beach, where a handful of us joined together and cleaned the beach for a couple of hours. Another example, Bloom farms, a company pledging to donate 1 meal to a food-insecure family or individual in need for every Bloom farm product purchased, has already donated over 1 million meals to families in need.

Bloom Farms 1-For-1 Program has donated over 1 Million meals and counting! 

Bloom Farms 1-For-1 Program has donated over 1 Million meals and counting! 

The above examples are just two of the unique ways legal businesses are using their resources to improve the lives of their communities. We’re also beginning to see new wellness practices pop up like ganja yoga, cannabis fitness hikes, and other meditative practices that are aimed at improving the well-being of individuals. It’s an exciting time in history and we believe the benefits of a legal market positively impact our society on a local, state, and national level.


What are your thoughts on a nationally regulated cannabis industry? Do you believe the pros outweigh the cons? If not, we’d love to hear your thoughts by sending an email to dan@niceguysdelivery.com While you’re at it follow us on Social Media where we’re ending cannabis stigma through promoting an active and adventurous lifestyle!