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Lindsey Pate, CEO at Glass Haus Grown, an award-winning craft cannabis business in Central Oregon. I am also the President of the Cascade Cannabis Association and advocate for fair and workable cannabis regulations. It is an exciting time to be a businesswoman in this budding industry.
With a background in teaching in environmental education and a husband who is a second-generation grower, Lindsey thought her husband was crazy when he suggested they both go into the cannabis market.
Lindsey's fear of not being able to work in education again gave her pause for concern for the future. She suggested to her husband they enter a cannabis competition to vet their ability to market and sell their product, assess the marketplace and find out if they knew what they were doing.
It was a good decision because they won their first, first place award in 2015. Through various competitions, they have won nine first-place awards in a variety of competitions for a total of 13 awards. It was time well spent to confirm they knew what they were doing, they had a viable business and they could hold their own against their competition.
Today the business is thriving. However Lindsey realizes their business is hampered by regulation. Lindsey is not allowed to export outside the state of Oregon.
Lindsey expects the federal market to shift its regulations which will open up opportunities for the company to grow. Right now in today's climate Lindsey is strongly considering scaling the business because the conditions are right for the business.
Lindsey's team are former military service members. As veterans, they have the skills to adhere to regulations and help with scaling the business.
The growth goal for Glass House Grown is to scale the business in the State of Oregon while evaluating potential opportunities to expand the operation into other states.
Cascade Cannabis Association