Well I guess there’s no better time than now to let the cat out of the bag…
I’m proud to announce that I am expanding my universe and have joined up with a few of the folks on the Redbird, LLC team to help launch the 65,000 square foot medical cannabis growth and processing facility right here in Adair County! I’m excited to lend my hard-learned skills to their sales and marketing team, and look forward to an amazing experience working with the founding crew.
As a non-smoker you can imagine that I’m a little out of my element in the world of cannabis, and you would be correct in some ways. My refusal to “light one up” has nothing to do with judgement of the product, and everything to do with my discomfort in the sensation. I don’t like the cough. I don’t like the burn. I don’t like the inability to control how much the THC affects me, and I never have. But that doesn’t take away from the inherent value I recognize in the plant and its ability to improve lives, including my own.
Companies like Redbird and the entire medical cannabis industry have made huge strides in educating the masses about different consumption options to make these benefits accessible to all. They’ve championed tight controls over product consistency and quality which takes the guesswork away. We may be fighting to have cannabis removed from the federal government’s Schedule One list, but it is now, more than ever, a very tightly controlled substance through industry self-regulation and innovation.From Whiskey to Weed - Why I joined the Medical Cannabis movement. #MMJ #Cannabiz #WomenGrow #MMJOK #OKMMJ #MJBizCon #MJBizCon2018 #RedbirdMMJ #Mariteq Click To Tweet
Adair County, Oklahoma has recently made the news in several ways, being cited as “The Death Capital of the World” by the Washington Post and labelled “The Cancer Corridor” by ABC Affiliate KTUL. The frustrating thing about seeing these headlines is actually living in them. Raising children among them. Attending countless funerals that might have been preventable. Knowing that the facts are out there but change at the infrastructure level is slow at best, and non-existent at worst. Contributing factors range from access to rural and preventative health care, limited career options (which cause the healthier and better-educated to move away), opiate abuse, and poverty. It’s a blessing and a curse to be in a land that time forgot and technology doesn’t touch… until now.
The recent legalization of medical cannabis in Oklahoma has blasted the doors of change wide open. In the next few months as the Redbird plant finishes construction, their HR team will be sorting through over 800 employment applications to fill over 200 positions at all levels within the facility. In early interviews with the Tahlequah Daily Press, representatives were quoted stating that even the entry-level positions would start at $15 an hour. That translates to tax-paying, locally-spending, insurable employees with minimal commute to the workplace and a large company’s vested interest in the betterment of our community. And that’s all before we begin talking about the resources they bring with them. The access to all the benefits and education that medical cannabis brings. The impact on local business tax revenue. What that might do for schools, county infrastructure and more.
I could choose to be like the majority who read the terrible headlines and shake my head at how sad they are before moving on to the next. That’s never been my style though, so of course I aggressively campaigned for a place in the Redbird family so that I can help facilitate change in Adair County, Oklahoma. My role on that team is yet to be determined, but you’ll be sure to hear a lot about it once we iron out the details. In the meantime, I’m available for questions and encouraging as many people as I can to come out of the woods around here and apply for a job. Opportunities like this to make a huge impact on your community don’t come along everyday.
Now don’t you worry… I’m still rocking the world of country music one piece of coverage at a time, but as my grandma once told me… “nobody likes a busybody, but everyone needs a busy body”.