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Creator Spotlight: Daryn Medwid, CRO of West Blvd Cannabis

On the 9th episode of the Creator Spotlight Series, we interviewed Daryn Medwid who is the CRO of West Blvd Cannabis. Daryn has a wealth of experience under his belt, from spending 13 years at Diageo to (most recently) exiting Experion Wellness/Citizen Stash as their COO. His passion and perspective for the cannabis industry is inspiring and we are truly honoured to feature him today.

Introduce yourself and what do you do?

Hey! I’m Daryn Medwid and I’m the Chief Revenue Officer at West Blvd Cannabis but I get to wear lots of hats. It’s a very collaborative environment so, while I get to spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to drive revenue, I also get to weigh in on a lot of the commercial and operational aspects of the business.

Can you share any turning points in your career or particular moments of success?

I’ve had a fun career and have had the opportunity to be a part of some cool projects all of which might count as turning points whether they were successful or not…there’s always something to learn whether you knock it out of the park or strike out. To make this answer relevant I’ll refer to my time at Citizen Stash and our 12 Joints of Christmas preroll mixer pack which was released during the 2021 holiday season across Canada. We conceived of the idea in February of that year and between Covid, floods preventing access to our facility, supply chain craziness, we still barely delivered on time. We took preorders for 70,000 cases but only had the capacity to produce 10,000 so worked (begged?) with every provincial board to put flexibility into systems that don’t generally like flexibility. The team stretched far beyond what anyone could have expected and the customers worked with us the whole way allowing us to move all 10,000 cases within 3 minutes of release in each market. The end result was gratifying and proof that a small team could punch well above its weight given the right dream and a bit of hubr.

Describe your cannabis use in 3 words.

Nightly. Joints only

Describe the impact Cannabis has had on your life?

The plant allows me to relax and I get a far better sleep than if I was drinking whisky (but I also like whisky!) and the business inspires me as we’re all start ups in a start-up industry (the legal industry anyway) trying to figure out what it’s all going to look like.

“That Zelensky kid running the Ukraine right now…’I need ammunition, not a ride.’ Powerful.”

Where and when were you introduced to cannabis for the first time?

Probably 14 or so burning hash on butter knives at my buddies house when his mom was at work.

What’s your favourite post-smoke activity? Workout? Food?

Sleep lol.

If you could sesh with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

That Zelensky kid running the Ukraine right now…’I need ammunition, not a ride.’ Powerful.

What music do you vibe to when using Cannabis?

I’ve got a pretty good vinyl collection but right now I can’t get Khruangbin, Texas Sun off the turntable. Who doesn’t love Thai funk played by a Houston trio supported by Leon Bridges?

“I’ve tried cannabis most of the ways but I’m old school and lean into joints almost exclusively”

What are your favourite ways to consume cannabis (joints, vapes, edibles, beverages etc.) and why?

I’ve tried cannabis most of the ways but I’m old school and lean into joints almost exclusively.

Is there anything interesting that you’d like to share with the Choklit Park community? (feel free to share any important projects or exciting news you’d like our community to know!)

Choklit Park High Country Diesel (+30%) is coming your way in a couple of weeks.

Creator Spotlight: Tom Smale, CEO / Founder Growbox Consulting

On the 8th episode of the Creator Spotlight Series, we interviewed Tom Smale who is the CEO and Founder of Growbox Consulting.  He’s been extremely passionate about cannabis all his life and have been behind some of the best cannabis brands in the market today. His talent, knowledge and expertise in the cannabis space is elite level. We couldn’t be happier to feature him on this Creator Spotlight Series. Enjoy!

Introduce yourself and what do you do?

My name is Tom Smale, I am the CEO and founder of Growbox Consulting. We support cultivation and processing facilities to build culture, productivity, and procedures that allow teams to dance while staying compliant within the regulated market. We’re basically full time cheerleaders and play quarterback once in a while. 

Can you share any turning points in your career or particular moments of success?
Without a doubt…Shutting down the “legacy” grows and moving across the the country to the GTA… It was horrifying, painful, and a big change in income compared to flipping packs out of the back of the car but the legacy market was dying and I love growing cannabis. I could see that the legacy market was dying and I had to do whatever it took if I wanted to stay in the game. I walked into the building and they were like you need to learn these SOP’s. I was like, what the f**k is a soap? 
I put my head down, worked hard, asked questions, and built new muscles. 
Describe your cannabis use in 3 words.

Love, Care, Proud 

Describe the impact Cannabis has had on your life?
Epic…Growing cannabis taught me Philosophies that apply to every aspect of my life. I love consuming it but cultivating has taught me so much. 
 
1. Patience. I couldn’t force results or take short cuts with growing cannabis. I had to earn them by putting the effort in. 
 
2. Do diligence. I had to learn that doing things I didn’t want to do was actually what needed to be done if I wanted the result that I’m proud of.  
 
3. Environment. I couldn’t grow healthy thriving plants in a negative or dirty environment. Growing cannabis taught me that I personally needed to remove myself from toxic environments and place myself around people that would lift me up and support my own personal growth. 
 

“Growing cannabis taught me Philosophies that apply to every aspect of my life. I love consuming it but cultivating has taught me so much. “

Where and when were you introduced to cannabis for the first time?

I’m from BC bro lol. All jokes aside, I come from a family that was sort of split in half. My uncles had been growing cannabis since I was born but my parents sent me to rehab in grade 12 for smoking too much of it.  I’ve been around cannabis ever since I can remember and it’s been a cultural part of my life. For readers, my parents have come a long way. They get it now.  I’m grateful they support me and what Growbox is all about. 

What’s your favourite post-smoke activity? Workout? Food?

Pizza without a doubt. We smoke a ton of meat around the house but that takes hours so a pizza is usually eaten while we’re waiting for the brisket or ribs.

If you could sesh with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

My mentor GT – RIP.

What music do you vibe to when using Cannabis?
My playlist bounces [around.] I’ll go through hip hop, country, and classic rock all within 30 mins. It Drives my friends crazy and they don’t let me go DJ very often. Whatever the mood is. I love music. 

“Choklit park is about bringing that legacy fire to market while honoring and telling the story of the growers. We aligned very quickly and Growbox supports this concept.”

What are your favourite ways to consume cannabis (joints, vapes, edibles, beverages etc.) and why?

I used to hit bongs but I’d just fall asleep. It’s mostly joints nowadays but for some reason I still fall asleep. 

Is there anything interesting that you’d like to share with the Choklit Park community? (feel free to share any important projects or exciting news you’d like our community to know!)
Choklit park is about bringing that legacy fire to market while honoring and telling the story of the growers. We aligned very quickly and Growbox supports this concept. I’m telling you…. if I figured out how to dance within this legal industry, anyone can. 

Creator Spotlight: Alannah Davis, CEO of Dabble Cannabis Co.

On the 7th episode of the Creator Spotlight Series, we interviewed Alannah Davis who is the boss lady at Dabble Cannabis Co.  She’s worked with one of the biggest Licensed Producers in Canada for years before jumping on to be CEO of her family’s farm. Her story and resilience is highly commendable and it was an honour to get to know her story more. Enjoy!

Introduce yourself and what do you do?

My name is Alannah Davis, I am the CEO of Dabble Cannabis Co. my family cannabis farm in Duncan BC – which also has a cannaB&B, private lake and soon a farm store. I have a background in hospitality, banking, supply chain and operations and that combined with a love affair with concentrates, puts me in an incredible position to create the ultimate cannabis paradise at our farm.  

Can you share any turning points in your career or particular moments of success?
The best advice I ever received was if there isn’t a job posting for you, design one that fills some gaps and ask them to create it for you. I have had success in creating 3-4 brand new roles in my career. Launching Dabble and packaging our first jars up was such an incredible moment, but I am *this close* to seeing my product in stores, which will be a huge accomplishment, years in the making. 
Describe your cannabis use in 3 words.

Dabs all day!

Describe the impact Cannabis has had on your life?

For years I tried to figure out what my passion was, and found myself bored of every job I tried. I had always loved smoking, but it was a pivotal moment when I had my first dab and everything began to fall into place. I began what is sure to be a lifelong learning journey about cannabis and specifically concentrates. I learned everything I could about the industry and products and now have the opportunity to apply everything I learned to my own brand. Cannabis is my life’s passion and work, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. 

Where and when were you introduced to cannabis for the first time?

As a teenager, in my friend’s mom’s kitchen – wrecking her knives, trying out hash. I didn’t realize it til much later, but my love of concentrates started there! 

“I had always loved smoking, but it was a pivotal moment when I had my first dab and everything began to fall into place.”

What’s your favourite post-smoke activity? Workout? Food?

The best activity is being in the sunshine and being on the boat on the lake, boating and swimming. In the winter, I love a good bath with some pie or other treat. 

If you could sesh with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

The legendary Frenchy Cannoli – master hashishin. 

What music do you vibe to when using Cannabis?
Depends on the occasion, I sometimes like more mellow stuff, but also love to sesh at my DJ friends house cause they always throw down some beats that you can’t help but dance to. (shout out DJ Awood @awood55 if you like)

“Dabs of live hash rosin – it is the ultimate experience.”

What are your favourite ways to consume cannabis (joints, vapes, edibles, beverages etc.) and why?

Dabs of live hash rosin – it is the ultimate experience. Flavourful, super clear head, and a strong full spectrum effect. Why – because consuming distillate or isolated THC, just doesn’t do it justice without the terpenes which give you that beautiful full-mind body experience. I also do like beverages, as they have given me an alternative to alcoholic beverages so they’re fun too. 

Is there anything interesting that you’d like to share with the Choklit Park community? (feel free to share any important projects or exciting news you’d like our community to know!)
We are extremely close to bringing our very own live hash rosin; Dabbleberry, to market soon. Cultivated, harvested, washed, pressed and packaged all by my family and I – from soil to oil. We will be launching in BC very soon, and it helps us to have retailers and customers request our product from BCLDB. 
Check out our farm www.hipointguestranch.com / @hipointguestranch and www.dabblecannabis.com / @dabblecannabisco 

Creator Spotlight: Christina Michael, Founder and CEO of The Entourage Co.

On the 6th episode of the Creator Spotlight Series, we’ve had the opportunity to connect with another pioneer in the Cannabis space. Christina Michael, Founder and CEO of The Entourage Co.  has been shaking the industry up since the early days. From starting her own health and wellness bar at 21 years old, to working on cannabis projects from inception to completion, some with modest budgets, and others with 50mm+ budgets all over North America, it’s safe to say Christina is a vet in the game. 

Introduce yourself and what do you do?

I am Christina Michael, the founder and Chief Embodiment Officer at The Entourage Co. and Strategic Partner at Diplomat Consulting. Over the past six years my focus has been providing services and solutions in the regulated cannabis industry in Canada, along with some opportunities stemming from the US market, and most recently Ireland.  We provide consulting and collaboration services and solutions for regulated emerging markets including, cannabis, psychedelics, natural health products and blockchain. Our areas of specialty include, governance and regulations, advocacy,  advisory, strategic planning, brand strategy and business development, identity design, integrated digital and social communications, creative direction, product commercialization, and events.

Can you share any turning points in your career or particular moments of success?
I have experienced the privilege of great mentorship and trust throughout my career. Most notably I have received and continue to experience both personal and professional trust from incredible people, teachers, leaders and in personal relationships that span 40+ years. Looking back, I recognize that I have worked for and with a lot of women leaders that not only trusted my abilities, but also appreciated and nurtured my growth as a person with courage, vulnerability, and ambition. I’ve also had some wonderful male influence, guidance and support from men that also trusted me with opportunities to grow their business and push me to reach my potential. I am proud to share that I am still friends with many of these people to today, and we keep in regular contact. This has taught me a lot, along with working together in alignment to reach goals, and we are all responsible for the outcome. Working at established businesses and start-ups including my own has been amazing, challenging, and fulfilling. Being seen, to me, is not about accolades, it’s about trust. Through this I have learned to trust myself, and with this trust I am able to show up for myself and others. This is my definition of success. 
Describe your cannabis use in 3 words.

Personal, Conscious and Educated.

Describe the impact Cannabis has had on your life?

I have fun, healing and end of life care experiences, professional education & success, and met my life partner along the way. Cannabis continues to impact my life both personally and professionally every day, and I love sharing, learning, educating, new experiences and being a part of this exciting time. In all the same ways I hope my personal and professional cannabis journey has an equal or greater positive impact overall. 

Where and when were you introduced to cannabis for the first time?

I witnessed the consumption of cannabis prior to this, but my first experience was at 15 years old. 

“Cannabis continues to impact my life both personally and professionally every day, and I love sharing, learning, educating, new experiences and being a part of this exciting time.”

What’s your favourite post-smoke activity? Workout? Food?

I have moved away from smoking flower, as I have explored edibles, beverages and concentrates that work better for me. Set and setting is also very important to me. I have the privilege of trying different products working in the space and with a health and wellness background I also understand what I need to fuel my body to feel my best. Consuming different products based on strain profile, understanding terpenes and knowing that high THC content is not for me I choose different products for what I am engaging in. CBD supports my overall health, while low dose THC edibles, beverages and topical work for different occasions. I also enjoy infused culinary experiences with friends and colleagues. I am not big on cooking for myself, but I love it when others share their joy of cooking with me and elevate our connection with cannabis infused food. 

 

If you could sesh with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

This is a tough one. I would say my brother would be the first person I would have a session with. He passed away before I was born, and I wouldn’t be here if he was still alive. If I could bring him back for 24 hours I would like to hang out with him.

What music do you vibe to when using Cannabis?
It depends on what I am doing. Some of my best times have been listening to The Doors. Mr. Mojo Risin himself never disappoints. 

“I am excited about the future of experiential consumption in both social and private settings. I am hopeful to see projects in our current portfolio come to life and succeed.”

What are your favourite ways to consume cannabis (joints, vapes, edibles, beverages etc.) and why?

Beverages, edibles, gummies and infused creations. 

Is there anything interesting that you’d like to share with the Choklit Park community? (feel free to share any important projects or exciting news you’d like our community to know!)

I am excited about the future of experiential consumption in both social and private settings. I am hopeful to see projects in our current portfolio come to life and succeed. And continue to collaborate with passionate and inspired people working with intention and vision for the future of cannabis globally. 

Creator Spotlight: Kayla Mann, CFO and CRO at Cake & Caviar/Habitat Life Sciences.

On this episode of the Creator Spotlight Series, we’re excited to break bread with the lovely Kayla Mann from Cake & Caviar / Habitat Life. Kayla’s been working behind the scenes with some of the industries’ best cannabis companies, making a positive impact on any project she’s involved with. Her passion and love for cannabis is undeniable, and we can’t wait for you to get to know her a bit more.

Introduce yourself and what do you do?

Kayla Mann, I am a Chartered Accountant by trade and the Chief Finance and Revenue Officer at Cake & Caviar/Habitat Life Sciences. 

Can you share any turning points in your career or particular moments of success?
From legacy, to craft (micro), to Valens and back to craft, I feel like there’s been a lot of them. 
 
Getting A1 (Summit and Basecamp) beverages signed at Valens is one of my favorite moments. Everett Knight at The Valens Company and I worked really hard with the A1 team in Toronto to bring those together and to see so many flavors and evrey store stocking them saying people love them is a really good feeling. 
 
At Habitat, getting the salmon operations commercially certified and selling the. salmon to the local community (retailers and restaurants) was another beautiful moment. Nourishing our communities, while fostering the land and water around us, and getting people high is the best. 
 
Now, I get these recurring moments of success on the road for sales getting to tell folks about our farm and how it works. 
Describe your cannabis use in 3 words.

The Problem Solver. 

Describe the impact Cannabis has had on your life?

Cannabis helped me find my place. In work. In life. I’ve lost myself in many careers and many chapters, and cannabis brought me back to me. 

Where and when were you introduced to cannabis for the first time?

Cannabis was very prevalent in the skateboard and snow sports industries of which were my life growing up so I was introduced to it at a very young age.

“Cannabis helped me find my place. In work. In life. I’ve lost myself in many careers and many chapters, and cannabis brought me back to me. “

What’s your favourite post-smoke activity? Workout? Food?

Eat, create and/or learn. I’m usually smoking at the end of my work day to relax, process and enjoy my downtime to fullest since I don’t get a lot of it. Cannabis has a way of reminding me what matters, to appreciate things and to be present. 

If you could sesh with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

Sue Kwon, she’s my favorite rap photographer (living legend), I have all her books, I used to print out all her photos off google as a kid (sorry, Sue, no copyright infringement intended) and post them all over my walls with rap lyrics.

What music do you vibe to when using Cannabis?

Depends on mood! But mostly rap, hiphop, r&b. 

“Eat, create and/or learn. I’m usually smoking at the end of my work day to relax, process and enjoy my downtime to fullest since I don’t get a lot of it. Cannabis has a way of reminding me what matters, to appreciate things and to be present. “

What are your favourite ways to consume cannabis (joints, vapes, edibles, beverages etc.) and why?

Joints and beverages (emulsified) and infused meals. The beverages are my favorite summer drinking substitute. 

Is there anything interesting that you’d like to share with the Choklit Park community? (feel free to share any important projects or exciting news you’d like our community to know!)

I’m very excited to be BC Craft Co-Op’s newest board member. This Co-op is doing amazing things for our cannabis community and I’m looking forward to working with the amazing team there to propel our industry forward with community events (BC Craft Summit, etc), regulatory input and more. (Formal appointment is this fall, officially. So I hope to have everyone’s support!)

Creator Spotlight: Andrew Gordon, VP of BC Craft Farmers Co-Op

On the 4th edition of our Creator Spotlight Series, we have the privilege to sit down with local cannabis pioneer Andrew Gordon. Andrew’s been deep in the cannabis trenches since 2014, paving the way for legalization and building a strong community along the way. His passion and dedication in the cannabis industry is unmatched and it’s truly an honour to have him featured today.

Introduce yourself and what do you do?

My name is Andrew Gordon, I’m Vice-President of the BC Craft Farmers Co-Op, and I love cannabis, and everyone that contributes to its production, distribution, sale and consumption in a positive and community-driven way! 

Can you share any turning points in your career or particular moments of success?

Being a part of the “Golden Age” of cannabis retail (2014-2017) in Canada was amazing. It’s something that will never happen again, and to have been an active member of the community of retail operators that helped build the social license to make legalization possible was an incredible experience that I will forever be proud of.

Describe your cannabis use in 3 words.

All day, everyday!

Describe the impact Cannabis has had on your life?

Cannabis saved my life; and helps me live life to the fullest! I have PTSD from childhood trauma and began using cannabis with intention in 2002 to avoid a very debilitating pharmaceutical drug regime for my condition. I’ve been consuming cannabis everyday since then, and haven’t looked back!

Where and when were you introduced to cannabis for the first time?

Growing up in BC cannabis was everywhere, but I didn’t actually consume cannabis until I was 20 years old while on a road trip with some friends on-route to SummerJam. Right after my first few puffs, I felt I met myself for the first time, and saw the world through new eyes. I’ve been in love with cannabis ever since.

“Cannabis saved my life; and helps me live life to the fullest!”

What’s your favourite post-smoke activity? Workout? Food?

Playing basketball or munching out with Netflix

If you could sesh with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

Bob Marley for sure!

What music do you vibe to when using Cannabis?

Reggae and hip-hop. Some Marley, Nas or Gang Starr help get the vibe right!

“[We want] to engage with small-scale producers, processors and independent retailers to gather feedback to help evolve regulations to create an environment that will make cannabis businesses more sustainable, enjoyable and responsive to the needs of the communities they operate in. “

What are your favourite ways to consume cannabis (joints, vapes, edibles, beverages etc.) and why?

Joints, all day, everyday!

Is there anything interesting that you’d like to share with the Choklit Park community? (feel free to share any important projects or exciting news you’d like our community to know!)

The BC Craft Farmers Co-op will be hosting events and roundtables over the Spring, Summer and Fall to engage with small-scale producers, processors and independent retailers to gather feedback to help evolve regulations to create an environment that will make cannabis businesses more sustainable, enjoyable and responsive to the needs of the communities they operate in. Check out our website – bccraftfarmerscoop.com for all the latest dates and details!

Creator Spotlight: Cameo Wilson, Professional Skateboarder (Darkstar)

For this Creator Spotlight we get to sit down and chop it up with local pro skateboarder Cameo Wilson. He’s been an avid cannabis advocate for a long time and speaks on how the plant has positively helped him throughout his life.

Introduce yourself and what do you do?

Hi, I’m Cameo Wilson and I’m a Professional Skateboarder.

Can you share any turning points in your career or particular moments of success?

I’d say a turning point in my career was when Darkstar turned me Am (amateur). That’s when I realized I really had a chance at going pro.

Describe your cannabis use in 3 words.

Focus, Fun and Happiness.

Describe the impact Cannabis has had on your life?

One way it’s really impacted my life is with injuries. I don’t like taking pharmaceuticals, so being able to smoke and eat cannabis right after surgery was a huge plus.

Where and when were you introduced to cannabis for the first time?

Hahaha id rather not say, I was young though. It happend back where I’m from in Las Vegas 

“One way it’s really impacted my life is with injuries. I don’t like taking pharmaceuticals, so being able to smoke and eat cannabis right after surgery was a huge plus.”

What’s your favourite post-smoke activity? Workout? Food?

Gaming (PC), I like getting high and doing the row machine at the gym, and for food just a good home cooked meal baby. 

If you could sesh with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

Damn, my brothers.

What music do you vibe to when using Cannabis?

All types! But as of this moment Drakeo the Ruler slaps hard.

“Joints/blunts are usually my go-to but if I’m gaming or on the go, pen or pipe.”

What are your favourite ways to consume cannabis (joints, vapes, edibles, beverages etc.) and why?

Joints/blunts are usually my go-to but if I’m gaming or on the go, pen or pipe.

Is there anything interesting that you’d like to share with the Choklit Park community? (feel free to share any important projects or exciting news you’d like our community to know!)

I’m currently working on a video part for Darkstar, be on the lookout. Follow my insta @cameo_wilson and stay updated THANK YOU!

Creator Spotlight: Todd Dillon, Co-Founder/ RŌG WORLD

We’re really excited to share this Creator Spotlight series with all of you as we showcase a legacy brand builder that has been representing some of the highest quality chronic for over 15 years. 

Introduce yourself and what do you do?

  My name is Todd Dillon, I’m the Co-Founder/CEO/Creative Director of RŌG WORLD.

Can you share any turning points in your career or particular moments of success?

Cannabis legalization was a huge turning point as we were finally able to begin our transition from legacy to legal. 

Describe your cannabis use in 3 words.

“Smoke weed everyday” (Nate Dogg voice).

Describe the impact Cannabis has had on your life?

Massive impact in many ways. From managing pain, illness, anxiety etc. to building meaningful relationship’s and networks that would have not existed otherwise. 

Where and when were you introduced to cannabis for the first time?

I was 12, sounds crazy to say that now haha. The parent’s of some friends from school were growing, my friends gave me my first bag of weed and the rest is history.

“I have a crazy sweet tooth so I always keep sour candies and tart fruits on deck.”

What’s your favourite post-smoke activity? Workout? Food?

Swimming, anywhere with a beautiful beach or nice pool setting. I have a crazy sweet tooth so I always keep sour candies and tart fruits on deck.

If you could sesh with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

This is tough, the list is long but I have to go with my Grandpa who unfortunately passed when I was 4 and is a huge inspiration to me. 

What music do you vibe to when using Cannabis?

Depends on the mood! Reggae (Bob Marley is always on repeat), Hip Hop (Currensy, Berner, Nipsey Hussle, Sleepy Hallow to name a few), Classic Rock (Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac) and can’t forget some good o’l R&B/Soul like Marvin Gaye. 

“I personally have the best full spectrum/euphoric experience this way as well as being able to taste the flower’s terpenes.”

What are your favourite ways to consume cannabis (joints, vapes, edibles, beverages etc.) and why?

Joints and/or blunt. I personally have the best full spectrum/euphoric experience this way as well as being able to taste the flower’s terpenes. 

Is there anything interesting that you’d like to share with the Choklit Park community? (feel free to share any important projects or exciting news you’d like our community to know!)

RŌG WORLD will be launching this spring/summer, providing craft-luxury lifestyle products including our legacy genetics in multiple different forms. 

Creator Spotlight: DJ Marvel

We’re really excited to share this Creator Spotlight series with all of you. The purpose of the Creator Spotlight is to showcase some amazing creator’s in various spaces and highlight how cannabis has affected their life. On this Creator Series, we highlight our friend Michael Henry, also known DJ Marvel. 

Introduce yourself and what do you do?

My name is Michael Henry aka DJ Marvel and I do lot’s of different work from Clubs, Private events, Corporate Events, Twitch.  I am a rep for DJ City & Beatsource which are the world’s largest record pools where I help out with marketing and content creation.  I also have a lifestyle brand called The Homie Depot.  

Can you share any turning points in your career or particular moments of success?

A key turning point that comes to mind that relates to this article would be Oct 17 2018 when The Cannabis Act took effect making Canada the second country to legalize weed.  To Celebrate I got to open up for Cypress Hill the OG’s of the weed rap world.  The room was jam packed and very smokey.  Since then the culture around weed & music has been at the forefront in Canada and I am happy to play at all these events.   As a bonus for your readers, here is my mix from that night! 

Describe your cannabis use in 3 words.

Creative, Relaxed, Introspective. 

Describe the impact Cannabis has had on your life?

I find that Cannabis has had a great impact creatively and let’s the ideas come to me.  It’s also had a great impact dealing with everyday stress / anxiety. 

Where and when were you introduced to cannabis for the first time?

My earliest memories of being exposed to Cannabis was in Grade 6 when one of the cool skate kids was talking to his girlfriend on the playground about “grass” and I was like what’s that and he told me “grass was marijuanna’’ then his GF told I was too young to know about this which was true.   3 years later when I was 15 I remember buying my first gram of weed in the Gym Locker Room.  

“I think the coolest one to date would be Nas, I smoked with him at the front of a cruise ship as we were pulling into Miami at sunrise.  He was telling me stories about 2 Pac and I’ll never forget that.”

What’s your favourite post-smoke activity? Workout? Food?

Hiking.  Since recently moving back to North Vancouver I love being out in Mother Nature as much as possible and have a new found respect for land.  And yes, food lol.

If you could sesh with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

I think the coolest one to date would be Nas, I smoked with him at the front of a cruise ship as we were pulling into Miami at sunrise.  He was telling me stories about 2 Pac and I’ll never forget that.  I am heading to Vegas in June to DJ for some Jardin event with DJ Bonics who is Wiz Khalifa’s DJ, coincidentally Wiz will be in town that day doing some shows so a Taylor Gang smoke session will likely go down.  Should be legendary!

What music do you vibe to when using Cannabis?

Music that touches the soul and makes you close your eyes and smile on the inside. Anything from  Griselda, Roy Ayres, Lofi beats, Kaytranada. 

“I like a mix of vapes for the convenience & joints for the process of rolling.”

What are your favourite ways to consume cannabis (joints, vapes, edibles, beverages etc.) and why?

I love that there are so many options not for cannabis consumption.  I like a mix of vapes for the convenience & joints for the process of rolling. 

Is there anything interesting that you’d like to share with the Choklit Park community? (feel free to share any important projects or exciting news you’d like our community to know!)

Coming up this spring my brand The Homie Depot will be releasing a capsule collection with Taikan including bags, hats, pants, hoodies, and shirts.  I am really stoked on this collaboration as it will give The Homie Depot an opportunity to expand on the items we have previously released.  http://taikaneverything.com | www.thehomiedepot.com  

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