"I am 22 years old, and I currently attend Ohio State University as a 2nd year majoring in financial business. I live in the “off-campus” area, which is about a half-mile away from main campus. I grew up in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, where I graduated from Reynoldsburg High School as Valedictorian. My mother works for OSU Medical center and I attended OSU as a PSEO student during my junior and senior years in high school, so I was incentivized to attend OSU once I graduated from high school. I love Ohio State- it is a phenomenal university- GO BUCKS!
I started at OSU studying Electrical Engineering for 2 years, then decided it was not what I envisioned for a career, but still didn’t know what I truly wanted to do. I took a break from school to travel some and see what the world had to offer. I moved to Colorado for 2 winters to live in the mountains and work for ski resorts because snowboarding is one of my most passionate hobbies, right next to skateboarding. It was in Colorado I witnessed the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2012. I saw the economy boom for the years following, all while the culture remained the same, which eradiated public fears of a lazy, unintelligent culture that might have developed due to legalization. I understood that Ohio would see legalization in the near future, and returned back to OSU to study financial business- to aid me in my path to owning a cannabis-based business.
At a cannabis-based-entrepreneurship, ComfyTreeTM Conference, held in Ohio about 2 months ago, I attended a seminar hosted by Gradujuana’s Presidet, Karson Humiston. She was a great speaker who informed us of the vast opportunities available for residents of States legalizing marijuana consumption outside of cultivating, manufacturing and retailing marijuana. She elaborated on extremely successful businesses whose main functions were providing resources needed by the marijuana industry other than marijuana itself. It excited me to hear about a company providing information to people in hopes of propelling their lives within the cannabis industry, which is alien to many, very intelligent people. I spoke with Karson after the seminar, she informed me Gradujuana currently had no ambassadors in the state of Ohio, and I told her I would love to help out in any way possible. She offered me a positon as The Ohio State University’s Ambassador for Gradujuana, and…well, here we are!"
What made you get involved with Gradujuana
"Once my eyes had been opened to the great benefits of legalizing marijuana both medicinally and culturally during my time in Colorado, I knew Ohio would see its legalization day too, and I wanted to be part of the change. After speaking with Karson, and learning there was almost no support in Ohio for Gradujuana, I knew I wanted to help educate people and, maybe, influence somebody’s life for the better by informing them about the truths and myths of marijuana and the industry waiting behind it. I am excited to be a part of Gradujuana, and confident I can project a positive image for Gradujuana in Ohio".
How important is educating college students about cannabis to you?
"Education is the key to any advancement in society. I believe education is the most important factor to creating a successful, professional industry for marijuana and any businesses associated with the marijuana industry".
What are your long term career goals in Cannabis?
"I own a start-up business in Ohio that is, currently, devoted to providing high-quality, legal, hemp products, such as, credible, CBD-Only products and brand merchandise. It provides the most up-to-date, factual information about the cannabis-industry and innovations within the industry. We have future ambitions of becoming a highest-quality-possible dispensary, through all necessary legal means once legislation has passed in the State of Ohio allowing marijuana to be produced, manufactured and retailed. Until that day arrives, I am working towards finishing my education and broadening the image of my company".