Ben and Jeremy started the CPC in 2008 with a vision to revolutionize the way humans interact with Cannabis as therapy. Their decade of research and development has provided a deeper understanding of how their products benefit the end user. As passionate and responsible environmentalists they have produced a mindful, biodegradable, regimented, sun-grown, pesticide-free Cannabis product line. Their commitment to the evolution of the Cannabis industry continues to motivate them to work with legislators and leaders on Cannabis legislative reform.
HOW DID CANNABIS COME INTO YOUR LIFE?
Jeremy: I was around it somewhat when I was growing up, but in my late teens it was a large part of my life because I began really understanding it—and using it to dial down all the prescription medication I was on. After I broke my neck in my early 20s, Cannabis became my daily medication for childhood PTSD, crippling anxiety, manic depression, agoraphobia, and the chronic pain and degenerative tissues I live with due to my injury.
Ben: Given that alcohol addiction runs in my family, in my early 20s I began using Cannabis as an alternative to alcohol in social settings. This allowed me to escape the myriad of negative side effects associated with alcohol while enjoying the large amounts of positive outcomes that go along with Cannabis consumption.
What inspired you to start The CPC?
Jeremy: After my injury, I became heavily addicted to opiates. The constant, crushing, whole-body pain—plus my debilitating depression—basically made it unbearable to be conscious in those days. I was at the end of my rope. I tried to kill myself, overdosed and ended up in rehab. After a lifetime of prescription medication and the damage it had done to my body and brain, I knew I had to find a different way. A wise friend recommended I try Cannabis for my physical conditions like I had been using it to treat my mental conditions. I did, and to my amazement, it worked. That ignited my passion for helping people understand how the upwards of 1,000 compounds on a gram of Cannabis can be beneficial to any creature with an endocannabinoid system.
Ben: I had been working with my father, who suffers from severe physical issues due to a lifetime of service in the Navy. I was also looking to change the course of my professional life out of technology and into something where I felt I did some good and truly helped people.
What does it mean to you to be a Cannabis business owner that consumes the plant?
Jeremy: Funnily enough, I have and will always be a Cannabis consumer for many, many reasons. Also, I have and a will always be an entrepreneur (I was making money in the second grade by reselling wrestling cards). It just sorts of turned out that I would be a Cannabis business owner that consumes the plant.
Ben: It gives me a great sense of pride that I am both. Every single day I develop a deeper understanding and connection with Cannabis, and how much it can give back to not only myself but the world at large. That feeds into the research and development of our profiles, our products, and our direction as we continue to help the world.
What is your favorite strain and way to consume?
Jeremy: Ha! That’s pretty much impossible. But if you told me I was going to be stuck on an island with only one genetic for the rest of my life, it would have to be the real old-school phenotype of 60/40, sativa dominant, Sour Diesel. My favorite way to consume is any and all ways.
Ben: Currently my favorite strain is Garlic Mustard Onion (GMO). Preferably by smoking a fat joint of it.
How do you handle consumption during the work day for both yourself and your employees?
Jeremy: Due to my conditions, I consume anywhere from 600-1000 mg per day on average. Days that I am snowboarding or running a marathon, I can consume up to 2000 mg per day. This is my medicine. This is how I manage to keep functional with multiple mental and physical issues while running my business, engaging in political work, or simply spending time with my dogs and stepson. And if our employees are using Cannabis to increase their functionality in the face of any condition, I encourage it.
Ben: Most days, my issues don’t impact me super heavily at work, so I don’t consume during work hours very often. As long as my people are being responsible, safe, and completing their work, then their use of Cannabis is of no concern. I don’t ask if they take Percocet or Valium, so I wouldn’t ask if they consume Cannabis.
What is your biggest challenge, and favorite part, of owning a legal Cannabis business?
Jeremy: As proud advocates for the medicinal and therapeutic use of the plant, we stayed in medical to the end. Which means we entered into the 502 market later than most because of this, I am constantly being told we have the best product in the market, but retailers make us wait for months for subpar products to sell before they can put CPC on their shelves. This is a daily frustration. My favorite part is still the people we do all of this for. I still run into people all over that we’ve helped (through the years) live happy, healthier lives and that is simply why I keep doing it.
Ben: I am challenged daily by how much the industry has changed in the past 20 years. The care, compassion, community, and education that were pillars of the pre-502 industry are now barely visible underneath the sleek new veneer that therapeutic Cannabis has been shoved under due to greed, opportunism and capitalism. But my favorite part is that I still get to be of service and take part in people’s healing and health. And I still get to be around my favorite thing, Cannabis—all day, every day.
What are your goals for the future of The CPC?
Jeremy: They are kind of one and the same. We have been riding this wave for over ten years now. My goal is to continue to ride it while developing The CPC into a world-class organization with products and institutions worldwide. And to truly help evolve the way people live, so we may all exist in better harmony with the planet and one another.
Ben: My goal is to be able to continue putting product on the shelves and helping people for years to come, while continuing to delve deeper into the plant and what it can do for this planet. My goal for the industry is for it to continue its development with better access for sick people, more functional tax structures, and cleaner manufacturing methodologies.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Jeremy: Being in the mountains, on the water, or with my family and dogs. Taking care of my health, reading, learning, challenging myself, and being of service to others. Plus motorcycles.
Ben: Hiking, spending time with my family, researching and learning about all this glorious plant has to offer humanity. And of course, consuming Cannabis.