From storing bombs to cannabis, one Air Force Veteran’s story of how cannabis is helping him transition to the civilian world after twenty-five years of service
John Livesay, a.k.a. “JT,” lived a life in a controlled, high-stress, structured environment for more than two decades. Since 2012, JT, a proud U.S. Air Force Veteran, has continuously worked on adjusting to the “civilian world.” The life JT built for twenty-five years in the Air Force was his security blanket and once retirement hit, he found it challenging to cope with the transition. His stresses had accumulated over the years. To ease his temperament, he explored a newly-legalized plant, cannabis. Out of curiosity, I asked JT his primary reason for consuming cannabis and, without hesitation, he responded “emotional stability.”
In moving to the cannabis industry, Winner sees a significant opportunity to legitimize and grow a formerly underground industry by implementing business practices that have been effective in the tech industry, nonprofits and more. Though many growers around the state have seen success following the legalization of recreational marijuana, managing Shadowbox Farms with an eye on quality, people and standard business practices presents an opportunity for growth. Winner aims to grow the market for cannabis consumption by reducing the stigma against it through education and awareness.
Well, it’s been a month since I have joined Shadowbox Farms. And what I have found is a smart robust company facing all the challenges that any start-up in an emerging industry deals with. Many have been trying to catch the wave and capitalize on this new exciting market. Some will succeed and many will fail. The single most important factor will be the people involved. I think outside the industry there is the belief that it’s just a bunch of stoners growing weed. That could not be farther from the truth! I have found some of the smartest people I have ever worked with. Committed to the craft and with an abundance of passion and love for the product and each other.
How honest am I with my family about my cannabis use? As honest as Chris Christie and Jeff Sessions are about their experiences?
“Then why not legalize heroin? I mean, their argument fails just on that basis. Let’s legalize cocaine. Let’s legalize heroin. Let’s legalize angel dust. Let’s legalize all of it. What’s the difference? Let everybody choose”…
“Marijuana has gone Mainstream”
-Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Cannabis has been legal in Oregon for over two years now. In that time some things have changed (possession limits, requirements for childproofing, and taxes), while others have stayed the same (where you are allowed to consume). Here is a quick reminder to get you up to speed on anything you might have missed.
If you asked me when I first started going into dispensaries what my favorite day time strain was I would say:
“Just about anything but Blue Dream”
Today its one of my go-tos to fire up my creativity and energy. What changed?
I think a big part of the problem early on came from how inconsistent the effects were. Every once in awhile the high was world class, but more often than not it was lacking and no matter how much I smoked I was left wanting more.
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